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The Parish of St. Keverne with Coverack lies at the end of the Lizard Peninsular between the Helford creek and Kennack Sands, as shown on the map of Kerrier Deanery. In terms of area it is one of the biggest parishes in the Deanery and has a population of nearly 2000.

This is a very picturesque part of Cornwall, the churchyard of St. Keverne has wonderful views over the water towards Falmouth and St. Mawes. Coverack church also has excellent views over the bay towards Lowlands in one direction and the harbour in the other.

St. Keverne Square
St. Keverne Square ©D.J.S.
The Priest in Charge
of the Parish of St. Keverne with Coverack is the
Revd Peter Sharpe
Who took up his appointment on 23rd May 2012

See the Clergy page for more details.

Read Peter's

The main areas of habitation in the parish are St. Keverne, Coverack, Porthallow and Porthoustock, with a number of smaller hamlets such as Rosenithon and Ponsongath.

St. Keverne lies about a mile inland and the church at St. Keverne is a well known landmark which can be seen out at sea, it has a number of maritime connections. In both church and churchyard there are a number of memorials, to passengers and crew, of ships which have foundered on the notorious Manacles rocks that lurk just off shore. Notable amongst them being the troupe ship Primrose and the passenger ship Mohecan to the passengers of which the chancel window is dedicated.

The heart of the village is gathered around the square with its memorial to the dead of both world wars. We are blessed with a number of shops, a Londis grocery store, a butchers, a Post Office and a news agents/tobacconists which can supply many other items of every day necessity. There are two pubs and a restaurant in the village, and a little way out of the village a local farm produces a well known ice cream and other produce grown and manufactured on the premises besides having a thriving cafe/restaurant.

There is also a thriving allotment with over 20 plots. This is on land owned by a local charity, the Sandys and Hoskens Educational Trust, which can trace its origins back to 1698. The button on the right will take you to the allotment web site where you can read about its activities and also more about the Trust.

Many people visit the area to enjoy its attractions and are welcome in the village and it's church.

View of St. Keverne
View of St. Keverne ©D.J.S.
One of the St. Keverne allotments
One of the St. Keverne allotments ©D.J.S.

Coverack lies on the coast about three miles from St. Keverne and has many visitors, especially during the summer when they can hopefully enjoy the beach or engage in wind surfing in the bay. The small, attractive harbour is still used by fishermen and usually has a collection of boats within it.

There are several facilities for day visitors as well as holiday accommodation. The South West Coastal Path runs through the village, and portions of it can be enjoyed by the casual visitor, though strong boots are recommended.

A view of Coverack
A view of Coverack ©D.J.S.

Porthoustock is a small village on the coast about a mile from St. Keverne. Some fishing is still undertaken from the village, but the main feature is the working quarry tucked in to the right of the beach, with a wharf where boats come in regularly to load with stone. Old quarry workings are still visible to the left of the beach, and a path leads through these towards Porthkerris a little further along the coast.

In the summer skin divers use the beach as a starting point for their excursions. The Coastal Path takes in the village but due to the old quarry workings proceeds inland to Porthallow.

Cottages at Porthoustock
Cottages at Porthoustock ©D.J.S.

Porthallow lies on the coast about two miles from St. Keverne and is where the Coastal Path rejoins the coast. It nestles at the head of a deep valley with picturesque cottages and a private beach which holiday makers find a convenient place for launching their boats. It is also a favourite place for people to come for a day trip with access to a number of good walks and a sheltered, but stony, beach with views towards Falmouth. The Five Pilchards pub provides a good place for path walkers to quench their thirst and a prominent Marker indicates the half way point of the Coastal Path. On one side it displays interesting, even mysterious, references to features of old `Praha' and on the other, the names of unique Lizard flora and fauna.
Boats at Porthallow
Boats at Porthallow ©D.J.S.

Rosenithon is an attractive hamlet between St. Keverne and Porthoustock. The Coastal Footpath passes through the hamlet, leaving the sea at Godrevy Cove due to the quarries, working and disused, between here and Porthallow. Godrevy Cove and adjacent Leggan Cove are favourite places for people to visit as they have course sandy beaches. The manacles rocks can be seen well from here. Just a little way out of the hamlet the Giants Quoits can be seen beside the road, where they were placed when quarrying operations threatened to destroy them.
Rosenithon looking East
Rosenithon looking East ©D.J.S.

Ponsongath is another attractive hamlet between Zoar and Coverack. It has an old Methodist Chapel which is still a place of worship. There are many significant archeological sites in the area, and a pleasant area of common land on which to roam.
If you enjoy walking you can find a selection of walks in the area, of varying lengths, by clicking on the button to the right.
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Ponsongath Methodist Chapel
Ponsongath Methodist Chapel ©D.J.S.