Pednevounder Beach South Cornwall


Latitude:50° 04.44′ North
Longitude:5° 64.21′ West
OS Grid:SW:393 223


Before setting out check the tide times!

On a spring low tide one can walk to Pednevounder from neighbouring Porthcurno beach but be warned, as the tide comes in you will not only find yourself cut off but facing a climb up the steep cliff “path”

Close to Porthcurno are two coves – Pednevounder and Treen. Pednevounder is the westerly of the two.

Take the B3315 from Penzance to Treen village. Walk in a southerly direction across fields to the coast foot path and then on down to the beaches. The way down to the beaches, particularly Pednevounder is very steep and best avoided by the less agile and those with children. The alternative is to descend to Treen and walk around the headland and this is where the tide times are needed as the beach can disappear when the tide comes is, although it is possible to clamber onto the rocks,the time of day should be considered. The beaches are also approachable along the coastal footpath from Porthcurno.

There is a car park about 10 minutes walk away in the village of Treen. Otherwise you can walk over from one of the Porthcurno car parks.


There are no facilities on the beaches.

A district council dog ban is in force on Porthcurno beach between Easter and 1 October but dogs are permitted on Pednevounder.

27 June 2008 – Pednevounder voted fourth favourite naturist beach in the UK in the ‘Bare Beaches’ 2008 survey published by Lifestyle Press Ltd, publisher of ‘The World’s Best Nude Beaches and Resorts’


  1. Pednvounder beach.
    Please note that the description of the beach is not quite accurate.

    Treen beach is actually on the North Cornish coast, and the smaller beach to the ESE of Pednvounder is Polpry cove (Ordnance survey). The confusion arises due to the hamlet being called Treen and the cliffs surrounding Pednvounder are called Treen Cliffs. However, if you need to call the coastguard and ask them to come to Treen beach they will go to the North Shore beach as such, always use the correct beach name Pednvounder for the whole beach. Cornish locals always use Pednvounder and Polpry Cove. The small cove at the base of Logan’s rock is called Barcastle, which also gives access to Pednvounder at low spring tides. To the West there is Percella Cove then Porthcurno. Non-locals are using names that are misleading and could/can cause confusion in an emergency.

    Access via the sand bar from Porthcurno and Percella Cove has been cut off since 2012. As of May 2019 at low spring tide, it is now possible to wade from Porthcurno. Thankfully, most do not attempt and the crowds of walkers that one use to encounter on the sandbar prior to 2012 no longer takes place.

    Those visiting the beach please note that the climb down is classed as ‘Dangerous near vertical climb’ by the National Trust as such use a Rucksack/backpack to keep your hands free.

    Please also note that due to the November storms of 2012 the beach height has lowered 2.5 meters, so at most high tides the beach is now cut off. On spring tides, even the local naturists have to leave the beach at two hours before high tide (as per Saturday 18th May 2019). The goat path that goes up from ‘windy gully’ (where Mark always sits) is very slippery thus more treacherous than normal, due to green growth.

    The first aid locker at the final bend on the cliff path has now been joined by a new piece of Lifeguard equipment, a buoyancy aide, and our thanks to Porthcurno Lifeguards, National Trust and Naturist Friends of Pednvounder for this safety equipment.

  2. Just spent a few hours down pednvounder was nice to get naked for the first time this year was warm out of the breeze can’t wait to get back there. Nigel

  3. Great day yesterday first day of the summer about 20 there all naturists hope for many more days this summer

  4. I live not too far away so visited the beach for the third time this year on a warm sunny Friday before the August bank holiday… What a mistake… Hoards and hoards of people, too many people, too many dogs!!… The beach was 95% textile as far as I could see.. It was not a problem in that nobody seemed to care or take notice of the few people who chose to be naked but I felt intimidated and uncomfortable… I shall choose my day more carefully next time..

  5. I agree with G! (01 March 2015).

    First, that the walk around from Porthcurno, avoiding the rock climbing looks to be rarely, if ever, possible. We tried. You can easily get to the 2nd bay, walking eastwards from Porthcurno, but the 3rd looked very challenging, even at low tide.

    Second, that the rock climb is not nearly as difficult as it looks. My partner Rachael got put off first time round; the second time I was determined, but still found it scary, freezing a little on the route down. Thankfully a regular appeared and indicated that I’d gone too far to the right and guided me the right way. Third time around it felt completely natural and I wondered what we’d been worrying about. Many people well into their 60s with a range of very unsuitable footwear also had no difficulty. So do not be put off.

    I agree with what everyone has said about co-existence between nude people, clothed people and people just starting to go naked. On one day 60% were fully-nude, on the second it was still 40% so one never feels freakish. And no voyeuring.

  6. One of the best beaches in Europe. There is a big sand bar at low tide running along the eastern end of the beach at the moment. Very relaxed atmosphere, friendly locals and shared with textiles. The path down is steep with a bit of a jump or rope-assisted slide at the bottom. Well worth the visit! It is the beach you can see from the Minack Theatre webcam. It is often totally submerged at high tide. The cliffs on the eastern side are a popular climbing spot.

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