Paddleboarding; Porthcurno - Pedn Vounder - Logan's Rock

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Paddleboarding Pedn Vounder Beach

 In the far west of Cornwall, nestled between tall granite cliffs, are the white sand and turquoise waters of Porthcurno and Pedn Vounder, two of the region’s most spectacular beaches. We spent a leisurely day paddleboarding a small stretch of this coast, starting at Porthcurno beach and crossing the blue lagoons of Pedn, before circling around Logan’s Rock and finally heading back to shore.

Paddling boarding across Pedn Vounder lagoon

We parked at Porthcurno car park, pumped up our paddleboard, and then headed off down the sandy track that leads to the beach. The walk is by no means a challenging one, although it is a touch gruelling when also hoisting an inflatable paddle board and any other supplies.
The day we chose was sunny and hot, and the water looked like it had been cut and paste from a Caribbean holiday brochure. Needless to say, the beach was busy. Luckily this wasn’t a problem: as soon as we clambered aboard and pushed off away from the shore, the buzz of the crowd quickly faded in to the distance, until all I could hear was the lap of waves and the sound of the paddle as it stroked through the water. If you’re not a fan of crowded beaches, or value a bit of peace and quiet, then I highly recommend paddle boarding just for this alone.

Paddle boarding from Porthcurno to Pedn Vounder

We paddled out from Porthcurno, and then crossed Pedn Vounder’s famous turquoise lagoons. The water was crystal clear, and below us we could see compass and moon jellyfish and big shoals of whitebait flitting around the sea floor. The conditions were unusually flat, so we made the most of it and paddled through the gap in Logan’s Rock, taking the opportunity to explore some of the more rugged coastline on the other side. Here the turquoise water turns a deep blue, and you can see wild birds roosting in the rocks and cliffside.

Kelp underwater by Logan's Rock

On the way back, we stopped in the far corner of Pedn Vounder, finding an empty sandy inlet where we ate some lunch. Finally, after a long swim and sunbathing session, we re-donned our wetsuits and lifejackets, before paddling back the way we came and re-emerging once more on Porthcurno beach.

Paddle boarding adventure Cornwall

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