Rock Fall at Porthcothan

A massive rock fall at Porthcothan Bay, Cornwall, has changed the beach dramatically.

I’ve been documenting the changes since I first noticed a hole in the rock in 2002 – but it’s all changed now!

Here are the gradual changes since 2002 (click on image to enlarge):
11 years at Porthcothan

And now – see photo in the Cornish Guardian – and more falls since then shown on Facebook and Sky News. There are some particularly spectacular photos in the Daily Mail (scroll down to the end) and some fine ‘before and after’ photos from the BBC.

Updated April 2014 with some first-hand photos:

A drawing by Barry Driscoll (1927-2006) from over 50 years ago.

A drawing by Barry Driscoll (1926-2006) from over 50 years ago.

The same view in April 2014.

The same view in April 2014.

Looking through the 'new gap'

Looking through the ‘new gap’

Jonathan and Stephen in the gap

Jonathan and Stephen in the gap


A longer view

A longer view towards the Trescore islands

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2 thoughts on “Rock Fall at Porthcothan

  1. I did a National Trust working holiday building fences in the area of landslip on the top of the cliff. The rock is so soft that (with some perseverance and a bar) we were able to make holes for the fence posts in it. It is not surprising that the storms did so much damage. The nearby Bedruthan Steps have shrunk dramatically in the last 100 years.

    • Yes, the rock is really soft. One can see that a section just slid off down a fault line. The remaining part does not look very stable.

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