Cornish Chronicles: Porthcurno
Porthcurno is yet another beautiful (and steep) Cornish village. We spent a whole day there, first at the Minack Theatre, then taking a coastal walk, and finally visiting the Telegraph Museum.
Minack is an outdoor theatre set into the cliffside – if you suffer from vertigo, you would probably not enjoy a performance here. It was planned, financed and built (more or less by hand) by local woman Rowena Cade and just a few helpers. The first performance, in 1932, was lit by car headlights! Today, it’s a commercial operation – plays were over for the season, but the shop, café and visitor centre were still open and you could wander around most of the theatre. All the seats have the names of previous performances carved into them – you can just see Romeo and Juliet peeking out from behind my right knee.
Minack to Logan Rock
We decided to walk off the rather heavy Cornish pasty lunch we had at Minack and must have expended a fair few calories. The panorama below shows the entire walk – from Minack, it’s a steep climb down to Porthcurno beach and then back up again and along the clifftop to the rocky outcrop on the right. And back of course.
Amazingly, this tiny place has been a hub of global communications since the first undersea cables were laid here in 1870. Part of the museum is housed in a modern building, and part was in tunnels where the equipment was moved during the Second World War. This obviously appealed to the engineer – especially as he knew two of the experts in the museum’s video!
Just one more Cornish Chronicle to come!