Around Cot Valley, St Just

Located in the far west of Cornwall, Cot Valley is half-a-mile from the westerly town of St Just.  A narrow lane and stream bisects the valley ending at Porth Nanven Cove.

Sometimes referred to as ‘Dinosaur Egg Beach’ , Porth Nanven Cove has a remarkable deposit of ovoid boulders covering the beach and foreshore. These boulders come in all sizes, from hen’s egg to a metre or more in length, they are now legally protected by the National Trust which owns the beach. These weirdly shaped boulders are the work of the sea, but dramatically, the sea of 120,000 years ago. Sea levels are now much lower, causing the ancient beach to be suspended in the cliff above the present day beach level. Stand on the beach and look back towards the cliff, and you will see a wall of rounded stones making up the raised beach, which is of scientific interest.

Sunset at Porth Nanven Cove

Heading east, follow the zig zag path upwards and onto the headland, the walk continues along the coastal path heading towards Sennen.  You will see the Brisons, two offshore rocks, located approximately one mile southwest of Cape Cornwall. They mark the starting line of the annual swimming race ending at Priest Cove.

The Brisons

Follow the highest footpath and you can head east to Gwyner and Sennen Cove. Or take the left-hand path at Letcha.  This footpath will bring you into the small hamlet of Letcha with St Just visible in the distance.  Climb the wooden fence and follow the tarmac road bringing you out by Lands End Youth Hostel (mis-named, its actually in Cot Valley!)  Turn left and follow the left hand bridleway which will bring you out onto an unmade track leading up to Porth Nanven House & Cottage. Turn right and cross the stream you will re-join the lane leading down to Porth Nanven Cove.

Letcha with St Just in distance

Cot Valley contains many relics of its former association with mining. It is believed that mining work was being carried on here as early as the Medieval period. Mine shafts and other evidence of metal mining dot the valley sides. The stream would have been dammed at one time to provide a stable source of water power.  A number of water mills operated in the valley.

Accommodation in Cot Valley

We have some stunning properties in Cot Valley:

Porth Nanven House, sleeps 6 with private garden and fabulous sea views.  A few weeks still available in June & July, prices start from £1,150 in June, 

Porth Naven Cottage, sleeps 4 with private garden. A few weeks available in July & August, and due to cancellation 21st – 28th June, special offer price of £795 per week or £150 per night, min 5 nights,

Brook Cottage, sleeps 5 with private garden and fabulous sea views. 1st – 8th June available from £550 per week or a few short breaks available in July and late August,


Porthleven Food Festival



Now in it’s 11th year the Porthleven Food Festival is being held from Friday 26th April to Sunday 28th April 2019.

Porthleven Food Festival includes: National and International Chefs theatre, numerous food stalls and street food, music and entertainment for all the family.  The festival takes place in the harbour town of Porthleven, near Helston in West Cornwall. It is all about the food with plenty of local chefs taking the stage in the chefs theatre. This year Anthony Worrall Thompson is back to open the festival. He is  followed by local celebrity chef Jude Kereama from Kota & Kota Kai in Porthleven.  There will also be demonstrations by chefs from local restaurants such as Bens’ Cornish Kitchen, Fifteen Cornwall, Porthminister Beach Cafe and Rick Steins in Padstow.

Food and Drink

Eat and drink your way around the town, trying out all the yummy food and drink outlets! Stop for a break and listen to a range of music performed at various stages round the town.  Join in a masterclass or two, this year these include: creating the perfect G&T, a cocktail masterclass or Beer tasting via St Austell brewery.  Or sketch your way round joining the festival sketchbook workshop.

Family Friendly

The Porthleven Food Festival is a family friendly event with a dedicated family field.  Activities this year will include circus skills, crafting tent and of course a bouncy castle.  There is a literary tent, food stalls and the odd bar or two in the family field to keep the adults entertained!


The fun continues in the evenings with The Shipyard Sessions (tickets required). There is plenty to eat and drink and a fireworks display at 9pm on Saturday night.

Things to know
Entry to the main event is free but tickets are required for the Shipyard evening music sessions and masterclasses.

Trading hours are 10am to 7pm

There is a festival campsite, tickets are from £18 for the weekend (Friday to Monday), booking advisable

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Nearby Accommodation

If camping is not your thing, we have two lovely properties nearby.  Tivoli One is a beautiful Cornish Cottage which sleeps up to 5 people. It is available from Friday 26th April to Monday 29th April at the special festival rate of £400.

Alternatively The Artists Studio is available from Saturday 27th April, suitable for 2 people and priced at £60 per night, minimum 3 night stay.