Cot Valley Beach

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    The pretty Cot Valley runs down towards the sea for around half a mile from St Just. At its end lie a couple of attractive little coves, the most accessible and best known of which is Porth Nanven. 

     Cot Valley cove is something of a favourite with photographers largely on account of the smooth, round granite boulders that make up the shore here. Add in a backdrop of the twin peaks of the Brison rocks and the sun setting, and it's easy to see why. 

     The granite boulders here have lead some to refer to Cot Valley as "Dinosaur Egg Beach". Coming in all sizes from fist-sized to huge these rocks were quite popular as garden ornaments until the National Trust (who own the cove) recently made removing them illegal. 

    There are several pretty coves between here and Cape Cornwall including Priest's Cove from where a swimming race is held to the Brisons.

    Also known as:

    Porth Nanven

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    Lifeguard service


    Dogs friendly beach?

    Dogs allowed all year

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    TR19 7NT

    OS grid ref.

    SW 3554 3087




    Car Parks at the end of Cot Valley and at nearby Bllowall Barrow, a Stone Age burial mound.