The name of this location is from the Cornish 'pedn' (head, end) and 'vounder' (lane).
Signs on the cliff above the beach warn that swimming off the far side of the sand bar is dangerous due to strong currents.
Access to the beach is either by boat, or on foot from the coastal path along the cliffs. The top of this path may be approached from Porthcurno (approximately 3/4 mi to the west) or Treen (approximately 5/8 mi to the north). The final stage of the descent from the coastal path requires some climbing down steep rocks at the western end of the beach. It is sometimes possible to walk from Porthcurno beach along the shore, during low water of a spring tide.
In common with some of the other secluded coves on the Penwith peninsula, this beach is an unofficial naturist beach.