Man's Head - A Rocky Outcrop Overlooking Porthmeor Beach & St Ives

April 30, 2021

Man's Head St Ives Cornwall

Man's Head - St Ives Cornwall

Man's Head is the distinctive rocky outcrop that sits overlooking Porthmeor Beach to the West (left hand side). It is named Man's Head due to it looking like a gnarly old man from some angles.

Getting There

You can only get to Man's Head by walking along the South West Coast Path a little way, past the Bowling Green on Beach Road. It is not accessible by car, but the nearest car park is at Porthmeor, so not too far away.

Things To Do

Man's Head is a rock formation that is mainly good for scrambling up, fishing from and sitting on and enjoying the amazing view. There is a wide stretch of grass below it which is lovely for walking on or picnicing away from pesky seagulls. There is also an old shelter in case in rains.

Mans' Head Shelter & Grass St Ives Cornwall

You can pick up the South West Coast Path from here and either do a circular walk back into town, or walk the 6 miles to Zennor.

Man's Head South West Coast Path St Ives Cornwall

You can also climb down to the rocks on the West side of Porthmeor Beach. It's a bit of a tricky climb and it can be slippy in places.

There is a lovely amount of flora and fauna to spot around Man's Head. It's a great place to spot birds and seals plus loads of clifftop plants and flowers.

Mans' Head Flora and Fauna St Ives Cornwall


There are no facilities, other than places to sit, on Man's Head. However, there are lots of facilities including cafes and toilets on Porthmeor Beach, which is only a 5 min walk away.

South West Coast Path Looking Back To Man's Head And The Island St Ives


Location Of Man's Head

Man's Head St Ives Cornwall

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