Top Spots for Storm Watching in West Cornwall
Storm watching on the Cornish coast in Autumn & Winter
Summer on the Cornish coast is often the picture-perfect holiday in the county – but the dramatic and beautiful months of autumn and winter are not to be missed, as these seasons bring a whole different experience to our coastline.
The Godolphin – This is an obvious one for us! Whether you are tucked up in the comfort of one of our sea view rooms or in the restaurant tucking into our Cornish breakfast, the Godolphin has front seats when stormy seas roll into the bay. With the backdrop of St Michael’s Mount opposite, it’s quite a spectacular spot!
Porthcurno and The Minack Theatre – Whether you are at the top of beach or looking out from the theatre, the usually tropical-looking scenes from Porthcurno to Logan Rock are just as captivating in a storm. In high winds and big swell, why not head to the safety of Minack Theatre’s café. If you want to take a sneak peak at what to expect, check out the Minack’s webcam.
Land’s End – As the most westerly point in Cornwall (and England) you will be able to see quite the show at Land’s End, where the English Channel meets the Celtic Sea. With towering granite cliffs that drop down to the sea, waves crashing up along the 200 feet of rock face below you is sure to mesmerise.
Sennen Cove - Well known for its surfing culture, you are sure to see a good swell from the Atlantic down here. Some of the most circulated images of the 2014 storms was that of the cove and the waves were HUGE. From the harbour end to the long stretch of beach, you can definitely find a safe spot (indoors) to enjoy your day of storm-chasing. Keep an eye on the action here.
Porthleven – The harbour wall of Porthleven definitely contributes to the gigantic waves that break here. If you want the warmth and comfort of being indoors, why not pop into the Ship Inn and watch from the safety of a pub! Head a little bit up the road for The Ship and you’ll enjoy great views to Looe Bar and the Lizard.
Although exciting to watch, we do want to stress the importance of safety as your first priority. As seen in the February storms of 2014, the sheer power of the sea is not to be reckoned with. Be sure to watch from a distance, check the tides and weather conditions and be aware of your surroundings.