Pentewan is a small coastal village in central Cornwall, close to the popular attractions of the Eden Project and Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Centre, Charlestown. Pentewan has a harbour which is now silted up and cut off from the sea. Until the end of the 19th century, it was a small port for the china clay industry and until 1918, had a narrow gauge steam railway to St. Austell. The harbour dates back to medieval times, when Pentewan was mostly a fishing community with some quarrying. Many of the older buildings are built from Pentewan stone.
The most prominent feature of the village is the Pentewan Sands Holiday Park - Camping and Caravan Site, which covers much of the long sandy beach. The beach is privately owned by the caravan park owners. The Ship Inn is a popular village inn, situated across the road from the disused clay harbour. The Cove Bed and Breakfast provides accommodation from a former pub in The Square, the Hawkins Arms. This building is now known as Piskey Cove. The coast path provides wonderful views of St. Austell Bay.
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