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Coordinates: 50°3′N 5°38′W / 50.050°N 5.633°W / 50.050; -5.633

Penberth Cove

Penberth (Cornish: Benbryhi)[1] is a valley, coastal village and cove on the Penwith peninsula in Cornwall, England. It is approximately 7 miles (11 km) southwest of Penzance. Most of the village is within the parish of St Buryan and the boundary with St Levan follows the Penberth river.[2]

Penberth Cove was once home to a pilchard fishing industry[3] and is one of the last remaining traditional fishing coves in Cornwall, with a handful of local fishermen still making their living from fishing for mackerel, lobster and crab. There was also a cut flower industry, the produce being sent to London via train from Penzance.[3]

Penberth's first regatta was held on Saturday, 27 August 1881. There were races for 20 feet (6.1 m) and 18 feet (5.5 m) boats to the Runnel Stone and back, rowing races for 4-oared ″crabbers″, sculling races for punts, a 400 yards (370 m) swimming race and the greasy pole contest with a leg of mutton dangling from the top. There was also a duck hunt, where three birds ″were flung″; one of the birds was difficult to catch and was allowed to escape. Music was provided by the Buryan Artillery Volunteers.[4]

The local community radio station is Coast FM (formerly Penwith Radio), which broadcasts on 96.5 and 97.2 FM.[5]


  1. ^ Place-names in the Standard Written Form (SWF) : List of place-names agreed by the MAGA Signage Panel. Cornish Language Partnership.
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 203 Land's End ISBN 978-0-319-23148-7
  3. ^ a b Beale, Jenny (October 2012). "Penwith South Coast Walk with Adam Sharpe June 17th 2012" (PDF). Cornwall Archaeological Society Newsletter (130): 3. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Sports At Penberth Cove". The Cornishman (164). 1 September 1881. p. 6.
  5. ^ "Volunteer run Penwith Radio to change its name to Coast FM". Retrieved 2017-02-04.

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