SW3523 : Sandy beach in Nanjizal Bay (or Mill Bay)

taken 11 years ago, near to Sennen, Cornwall, Great Britain

Sandy beach in Nanjizal Bay (or Mill Bay)
Sandy beach in Nanjizal Bay (or Mill Bay)
This beach is only a mile or so south of the Lands End tourist trap, but as it is not served by any roads or car parks, and can only really be reached by a hilly walk along the coastal footpath, it is not busy with tourists - even in high season. The amount of sand on the beach varies - apparently much of it was stripped away in a storm a few years ago, but it is being replenished by natural processes.

The sands here feature in one variation on the folklore tale of Jan Tregeagle. It is said that his Sisyphean task is to try and sweep the sand from Porthcurno cove around the Gwennap Head into Nanjizal Bay. On stormy winter nights you can hear him howling with despair at the futility of his task.

The bay is also known as "Mill Bay", after the mill just above the beach that was driven by water from the stream which cascades down the cliff. The fresh water disappears below the sand and at low tide emerges further down the beach when it meets the underlying rock.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 7 August, 2007   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 15 August, 2007
Coastline/Beaches   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SW 3575 2361 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:3.2277N 5:41.5794W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SW 3573 2356
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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