Pedn Vounder Beach
One of Cornwall's lovliest beaches, set among the stunning cliffs of Treryn Dinas with crystal clear turquoise water and a beautiful white sand beach. The name Pedn Vounder translates from the Cornish 'pedn', meaning head or end and 'vounder', meaning lane - so, 'end of lane', which could be used to describe most beaches! 'Pedn' is pronounced 'pednee' and this is how locals generally refer to the beach.
Pedn Vounder is located at the eastern end of the bay that makes up Porthcurno cove and on a spring low tide one can walk to Pedn Vounder from neighbouring Porthcurno beach. However, be warned, as the tide comes in you will not only find yourself cut off but facing a climb up the steep cliff "path".
The headland to the east of the beach is the location of the famous Logan Rock, a rectangular block of granite which weighs about 70 tons, and which can be rocked back and forth by one person.
Over recent years the beach here has ceased to be the secret spot it once was. Having become something of a poster child for Cornwall's most stunning beaches it has featured in national newspapers and is now well and truly on the tourist bucket list. In addition the beach here also featured in the recent TV adaptation of Poldark where it was used in a dream sequence of "Nampara Cove".
Pedn Vounder is an unofficial naturist beach. And remember, the cove has been used this way for many years before Poldark hit the screens.
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Type of beach
No lifeguard cover
Dogs friendly beach?
Dogs allowed all year
OS grid ref.
SW 3944 2230
There is a car park about 10 minutes walk away in the village of Treen. Otherwise wyou can walk over from one of the Porthcurno car parks.
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Pedn Vounder Beach Reviews (8)
Kevin LAug 07th 2019
Lovely naturist beach that as a couple we have been visiting for many years, please respect those that decide to have no clothes and accept that if you have a hang up about this then probably this isn’t the place for you!
Enjoy our beach:)
SteveJul 02nd 2020
Took the plunge several years back. What a delight. Beautiful crystal clear water and fairly gentle slope into sea (until high tide). Need to be quite agile to ascend very steep cliff path. Must go again some time. Complete mix of young and old. Best of all - everyone was naked!
PERFECT ANSWER TO A TROUBLED WORLD
ANTHONY BURRELL-HALESMay 26th 2022
The best place in the world to chill out, skin up, and skinny dip…have had many enjoyable and satisfying times here and met some great people in the process…!
ChrisMay 11th 2021
Been visiting Pedn Vounder for about fifty years. It is perfect; utterly stunning. A very steep climb down, but not in any way difficult with care. My children went frequently and loved it. No facilities whatsoever. Clothes optional at far end; it always has been as far as I know.
Can’t wait to get back after lockdown.
Amazing beach, sheer paradise..
SociologistMay 20th 2022
Whether you are into baring it all or being more modest when you sunbathe, this is one you must visit. My only two bits of advice are
Respect those who bare it all, it’s been going on forever.
Be careful as you climb down the cliff path if you are scared of heights, it can be dangerous.
Definitely worth the deadly decent!
JoeOct 08th 2023
I visited here one warm October day with my girlfriend, I bared all she didn’t, good mix of people, no one judging anyone, would say half people were clothed, half weren’t but it didn’t matter either way, most stunning beach I’ve ever visited, turquoise water, amazing looking cliffs, will definitely be heading back! Dangerous slight cliff climb to get down, do able though if you take your time!
Found this hidden gem two years ago. Very steep path and climb down but worth it. Wish I could share photos
No nudists seen but wouldn’t care anyway
Very difficult to get there, but totally worth
RiccardoAug 15th 2022
Very difficult to get there: you need to go down to a very tiny and rocky path and in the end you literally need to climb down rocks to get to the beach. So it is not recommended to take much stuff with you as you will need to have both hands free to climb down and then up when you are leaving or take with you a big backpack where to put all your beach stuff.
Also check the tides times as the tide comes up quite quickly and you might find yourself blocked in one spot without the ability to go back without having a bath.
If you are ready for this challenge then take it: it is totally worth it. I think one of the best places in the UK!