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Gribben Head

Gribben Head or Gribbin Head (Cornish: Penn Ardh, meaning high head) is a promontory on the south coast of Cornwall, United Kingdom. It separates St Austell Bay from the estuary of the River Fowey and is marked by a large tower used to aid navigation of ships approaching the local harbours. The nearest town is Fowey. The Western point of the headland is called Little Gribben (Cornish: An Griben, meaning the ridge) from which Gribben Head takes its modern name.


Gribben Head is the most southerly part of the parish of Fowey. To the north, and facing west across St Austell Bay is the small village of Polkerris, beyond which is the harbour at Par. To the east is Polridmouth cove and the Fowey estuary, where the town of Fowey itself is situated. Inland, to the north, is the Menabilly estate,[1] built for the Rashleigh family but later home to author Daphne du Maurier.

The 75 metres (246 ft) high promontory forms a part of the South Coast (Eastern) section of the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The South West Coast Path passes around Gribben Head on its way from Minehead in Somerset to Poole in Dorset.

Gribben Tower

The 84 feet (26 m) high square beacon tower was erected by Trinity House in 1832 to distinguish the Gribben from Dodman Point and St Anthony’s Head, and thus make navigation into Fowey and the harbours of St Austell Bay safer. It was never lighted, but is painted in broad red and white bands as a daymark.

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~☂slavva☂~ on November 10, 2012



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Erik van den Ham on November 10, 2012

Thanks a lot ~☂λVλNT☂~ for the kind comment and your visit to my gallery. This is indeed a fine place. The coastal path is very beautiful and will lead along some fantastic views along the coast.

Kind regards, Erik

bdeh on November 10, 2012

Machtig MOOIe omgeving om te wandelen en genieten Erik. Wij hebben eens vakantie gevierd in Bude aan de westkust, daar waren ook fraaie wandeltracks. Groeten Berend

Erik van den Ham on November 10, 2012

Helaas heb ik maar een gedeelte gewandeleld van dit pad dat zich uittrekt langs een groot deel van de kust. Goede reden om dus nog eens terug te gaan.

Groeten, Erik

Teunis Haveman on November 10, 2012

Mooi gebied lijkt me dit wel Gr Teunis


bdeh on November 10, 2012

Ik (her)ken het probleem Erik, ook wij konden maar delen van zo'n pad wandelen. In Australië heb je trails van ca. 1.000km. We hebben mensen gesproken die zo'n trail liepen en 's avonds op kampplaatsen een klein tentje opzetten. Maar die deden er een paar weken over. Groeten Berend

zanot10 - NO VIEWS on November 11, 2012

Very good photo! LIKE!

Best regards Z.

D☼≈≈YmAc on December 14, 2012

Striking coastal seascape! Like

Cheers, Donny

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