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Cornwall's Best Spots For Storm Watching! A Top 5 List For Crashing Waves & Clifftop Views!

It would be silly to think that all we get in Cornwall is sunshine and beautiful sunsets... But as long as we're careful, stand clear of the cliff edge and stay away from the shoreline, I do know a few good spots that you can still go to when a storm rolls through. And, with those rules in mind, they should be pretty safe spots too - allowing you to storm watch from a carpark, cafe or pub at the majority!

Here's a list of our top five favourite places for storm watching in Cornwall, how to get there and what you need to know!


Sunset at Trebarwith Strand, Cornwall

Porthleven Harbour


Perhaps the most photographed place in Cornwall when the wind picks up and the waves get rough. Nonetheless, it is an incredible place to watch the waves crash against the cliffs and high above the church, with the best views being from the west side of the harbour and, if you're lucky, a place to park on Mount Pleasant Road.


Getting there: Heading towards Helston on the south coast, turn off from the A394 onto the B3304 and follow the road to Porthleven. In the town center, follow signposts for Kittos Field carpark (postcode TR13 9JX) or try Mount Pleasant Road on the west side of the harbour.

Read Our Top 5 Spots For Watching The Sunset In Cornwall HERE!

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Trevose Head


With views out to the Atlantic from the warm shelter of your own car, Trevose Head isn't just a great spot to watch the sunset, it's a great place for watching storms roll in and the sea spray reaching as high as the lighthouse!

Getting there: Driving on the B3276 from Padstow, you'll first want to head in the direction of Harlyn Bay by taking a right turn shortly after the village of Windmill, where the 30mph speed limit is introduced. Following this road past the Harlyn Beach car park, over the bridge and continuing it up the hill, you'll then want to take a sharp right turn when the road starts to veer left. The road will get quite narrow and turn a couple of corners until you reach a signposted right turn that leads you on a bumpy road to the carpark on the headland. Postcode PL28 8SH.


Pentire Head


Another great headland in Cornwall for storm watching - Pentire Headland offers the chance to see some crashing waves, but also an amazing view that overlooks Crantock Beach and the River Gannel and the waves rolling in from the carpark. Likewise, on the other side of the headland, you can seek shelter in Lewinnick Lodge for views over to Towan Headland and the Cribbar Reef just past Fistral Beach.

Getting there: In Newquay, head to the end of Pentire Road (that follows on to Pentire Avenue) and you'll find Pentire Headland carpark. Postcode TR7 1HN.


Read Our Top 5 Beaches In Cornwall HERE!

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Kynance Cove


It's a bold claim, but Kynance Cove could quite possibly be the most breathtaking beach in all of Cornwall! Whether it's bathed in glorious sunshine or battered by strong winds and waves crashing against it's islands and sea stacks, this place is sure to take your breath away!


Getting there: Driving towards Lizard Village on the A3083, the National Trust car park is signposted on the right roughly three miles after the Mullion turn off. Postcode TR12 7PJ.


Trebarwith Strand

For a different sort of perspective, head to Trebarwith Strand at high tide when the water's edge comes right up to the rocks! Be careful though and stay way back! Or, you could seek shelter in The Portwilliam Pub, where you'll still get a good view and be able to get some good food too!

Getting there: Driving along the A39, about a mile north of Camelford turn off on to the B3314 signposted Port Isaac, Delabole, Tintagel and Boscastle. Follow the road through Slaughter Bridge until you get to a crossroads. Go straight over, continuing on the B3314. Then take the first right onto the B3263 signposted Trebarwith Strand and Tintagel and follow for about 2 miles. After the recycling center, take the second left turn signposted Trebarwith Strand and follow to Trebarwith carpark, postcode PL33 9DF.


Click here for more of our favourite places, beaches and things to do in Cornwall!

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