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Walk from Treen to Logans Rock

This short walk takes you to the coast path near Logans Rock, with views to Porthcurno and the Minack Theatre,  at Treen there is a car park, snack shop, and a very welcome beer at the Logans Rock Inn.

 


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From the A30 at Penzance, follow the road towards Lands End.  Exit the A30 towards St Buryan,  then follow the signs to Porthcurno.  Just before Porthcurno you will see a sign to Logans Rock, turn left there.   Follow the road round, past the public house, and there is a field with all day parking for a small fee.  As you walk from the car park back towards the road, there is signpost off to the left for Logans Rock, or straight on for Treen Cliff. Follow the road down to Treen Cliff, where you will reach the Cornish coastal path, and be greeted by amazing views of the blue seas and sandy beaches down below.

Picture of view from walk to Logans Rock

If you want a longer walk,  you can turn right and follow the path down to Porthcurno beach, which is one of Cornwall’s  finest beaches with soft white sand and turquoise seas. From the beach it is a short ( but steep) walk upto  Minack theatre.

However, to get to Logans rock, turn left onto the coastal path, and follow the path until you reach the rocky outcrop of  Treryn Dinas, which was once an Iron age fort. Logans rock is perched on the top.  This is an ideal spot to bring a picnic, sit back, and enjoy the views.

A “Logan Rock” – rocking stone, is natural occurrence, where granite weathers.  the rock here weighs some 80 tons, and could be rocked by applying just a little pressure at the right point.

Picture of Logans rock, from the beach below

Recent History of the rock

In April 1824 Naval officer Lieutenant Goldsmith,  who was placing warning buoys in the area,  landed with a crew with a view to unseating the rock, which he succeeded in doing.  It is reported that he was motivated to do this from reading claims by Dr Borlaise that it was impossible to dislodge the rock.

There was an uproar from the local people, as the rock had become a major tourist attraction. He was subsequently ordered by the Admiralty to replace it at his own expense.

The rock was re-seated in November 1824,  after several months of preparation, it took 3 days labour, by 3 teams of 8 men with a variety of pulleys and capstans from the dock yards at Plymouth, to haul the rock back into position.

Whilst  it is still possible to move the rock, it is not as finely balanced as it was before.

 

To return you can head back following the signposts across potato fields, which bring you back into Treen, where you can enjoy at drink at the Logans Rock Inn.   Owned by St Austell brewery, the 400 year old  Inn has a small bar with an outside beer garden, ideal to cool down after a walk on a hot summers day.