Around and About

Cotna is just outside Gorran Churchtown, on the south coast of Cornwall & near the Roseland Peninsula, the stretch of coast from Gorran to St Mawes. It is in an area of natural beauty and is characterised by gentle rolling countryside, dramatic cliff and coastal scenery and unspoiled beaches. There are no major roads and Truro, the nearest town, is about 12 miles away. The area is off the beaten track, a lovely place to live, and a good place for a holiday at any time of the year.

Cotna itself is within walking distance of the sea and near the south west coastal path. It is ideal for walking, cycling or beach holidays standing at equal distances between the beaches of Gorran Haven, Port Mellon and Caerhays, within walking distance of all three by public footpaths.

Hemmick beach as seen from the coastal path, 1.5 miles from Cotna

Gorran Haven is a picturesque and unspoilt little village by the sea with its own beach. There is a charming quay and 2 local beach cafes serving high quality food and ice-creams. The footpath above the house takes you on a beautiful walk down through the Community Woodland and ancient woods to the little shipyard & village of Port Mellon

Gorran Haven habour (picture from

Directions from St Austell to Cotna Barton, Gorran PL26 6LG


Take the Pentewan Road from roundabout at B&Q / Macdonald’s. Drive through London Apprentice & past Pentewan caravan-park. At the brow of the hill, turn right towards Lost Gardens of Heligan. Drive past there, to Gorran. Turn left just after the church, opposite PO & Barley Sheaf Pub. Go down bumpy track around back of church, footpath signposted Galowras Mill. At mown Oval field turn right down track. Cotna Barton is at the end!

Nearest Station: St Austell

Bus Service: Western Greyhound Bus 525 from near Station. Departs 36mins past the hour until the last direct bus at 17.00. Sundays 10.50, 12.50, 14,50 & 16.50. Get off the bus in Gorran outside Barley Sheaf Pub (ask the driver to stop in advance) There are other buses as far as Mevagissey or Lost Gardens of Heligan in between – check Western Greyhound Timetables for details

Local places to visit:

Nearby is Mevagissey – a busy little fishing village with shops, restaurants, fishing trips and a ferry to Fowey

Just down the road is the beautiful Lost Gardens of Heligan with its inspiring collection of plants, vegetable & fruit gardens along with the jungle & pineapple pits.

Caerhays Castle is just along the coast, best visited in spring for its amazing Magnolia Trees, Rhodedendrons and Camelias.

The Eden Project is about 30 minutes away, with its world famous Med & Tropical biomes as well as musical events such as The Sessions in June / July each year.

The St Mawes Ferry to Falmouth is a lovely experience and good way to travel further down the Roseland.

The Falmouth Maritime Museum is a good wet weather activity.

Charlestown is a low-key tourist destination with its Tall Ships docked in the little harbour, which appears in many films such as The Pirates of the Caribbean. You may even run into Johnny Depp if you are lucky!

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