Pendower_6_300.jpgBacked by a small area of dunes, leading to a wooded valley which is a County Wildlife Site, Pendower's landscape is gently welcoming rather than dramatic.

A stream runs through the valley, meandering across the beach to the sea. Digging new channels and building dams provides hours of fun for visiting children during the summer.

At low tide, Pendower and the adjoining Carne Beach combine to form a stretch of sand half a mile long.

Towards_portscatho_300.jpgTo the right of the main beach is an area of pebbles and outcrops with an abundance of rock pools, stretching for another half a mile towards Creek Stephen Point.

Not surprising that all this coastline is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and one of only 43 Heritage Coasts in England and Wales.

But there's more to Pendower than scenic beauty. English Nature cites its geological and geomorphological (the study of landforms) features as important reasons for classifying it as part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Geology_300.jpgPendower is described as containing one of the best examples of the Quarternary Succession in south Cornwall.

That means its shoreline reveals how the geological make up of the land has developed and changed over the past 2.5 million years.

There are also exposures of submerged forest offshore.

For more information on the geological features of Pendower, visit our Geology page.