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30 January 2019

Storm Watching in Cornwall

Cornwall has long been synonymous with sandy beaches, sparkling seas and rugged landscapes baked in summer sunshine. However, winter in this beautiful county can come with a more tempestuous side, putting on a performance that draws onlookers from far and wide.

Often taking the hit from weather systems sweeping in from the Atlantic, Cornwall holds the perfect recipe for some of Mother Nature’s greatest shows. Transforming glassy seas into churning cauldrons, storm watching in Cornwall is an irresistible winter treat.

Don your boots and waterproofs and head out to see it for yourself. Below are some of the best places to go and watch the action, whilst keeping toasty and safe.

Bedruthan Steps

Stepping stones of giants, the Bedruthan Steps located between Padstow and Newquay is a great place to watch storms. With fenced cliff-top viewing points well above the sea, you can watch waves batter the iconic sea stacks, bursting in a watery crescendo below. Just watch out for the wind and make sure to keep well back from the edge!


15 miles from Marazion, Portreath provides excellent storm watching conditions. Witnessing the onslaught of huge waves, the disappearance of a hut once sat at the end of Portreath’s pier after the 2014 storms is a testament to the almighty forces at work. Watch the stormy seas from the clifftop road above the pier for a fantastic vantage point out of the water’s reach.

Penzance and Marazion

Harbours are the perfect ingredient for explosive waves. Both Penzance and Marazion are spectacular places to watch storms, with waves crashing over the harbours and showering seafront cottages. Join us for a hot cup of tea and watch the waves whilst you warm your fingers and toes inside.


One place that has attracted a huge amount of attention in recent years is Porthleven. Famous for its photos of humongous waves breaking over the top of Porthleven’s 70ft clock tower, storm watchers can appreciate the sheer scale. For storm watching in Cornwall, Porthleven is a must-visit.

Polpeor at the Lizard Point

Pointing out like a jagged finger in the sea, Polpeor is England’s most southerly point and takes the brunt of many storms. Home to two cafes, you can watch waves towering over Taylor’s Rock out at sea from the warmth of a cosy corner. Just 5 minutes down the road, you can also visit Kynance Cove where a particularly impressive show unfolds when the swell picks up.