Porth Nanven, Cornwall, England


"Porth Nanven with its rounded boulders crafted by the sea 120,000 years ago, is a marvel of nature and a landscape photographer’s dream. A visit there should be top priority and first on everyone’s list as Lee Pengelly explains"

Despite its size, location, relative obscurity and omission from road signs, Porth Nanven has become a bit of a mecca for landscape photographers. Tales of its rounded white chalk boulders and westerly position have enticed landscapers from far and wide, ditching their sat nav’s and reaching for their old fashioned OS maps to track down this honey pot location.

On arrival take a look at the cliffs at the back of the beach and you will see more of these ‘dinosaur egg’ shaped boulders suspended in the cliffs as if they were waiting in a queue to join the others on the shore. At low tide groups of beautifully muted brown rocks are uncovered, affectionately known as the ‘bubblegum rocks’: photographers keen on geology could get immersed here for weeks. The boulders range in size from a chicken’s egg up to a metre or more high, but be warned, the area is an SSSI area – a Site of Special Scientific Interest managed by the National Trust, so the taking of souvenirs is prohibited.

I was first attracted to this beach after seeing pictures in…

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Lee Pengelly is a professional photographer based in the Southwest of England. He specialises in landscape, architecture, nature and food photography.

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