Prussia Cove holds so many special childhood memories for me. Living in Cornwall my entire life meant that my weekends and evenings after school were spent exploring tiny magical coves in and around the Cornish Coastline.
My twin sister and I would eat our cheese and cucumber sandwiches sitting on the beach for our tea and look on in wonder as our Father would surface from his free dive grinning and clutching two enormous spider crabs or lobsters.
We would all often snorkel together and explore the underwater caves, discovering wonderfully deserted turquoise tranquil plunge pools, blow holes and easy ways to slip from the rocks into the deep rolling sea.
After our swims and from the age of about 4 and 5 my twin sister and I would huddle together on the warm stones wrapped tightly in our ragged old swimming towels.
Taking in the incredible scenery we would clutch our little cups of hot chocolate that our Mum had made and with numb fingers and toes we'd both stare transfixed, hoping to see whales or dolphins far out to sea.
You can get to the very enchanting place that is Prussia Cove on the South West Coast Path from Perranuthnoe Beach (one of my favourite wild swimming walks) or you can drive the A30 coming from Penzance, taking the A394 past Marazion and Perranthnoe until you come to a right turn straight off the main road sign posted 'Prussia Cove'.
The road down is very slim and only suitable at most points for one way traffic with a very small car park at the bottom of the hill. Please be aware that if you intend to visit in the summer months it gets very busy and you are extremely likely to get stuck with nowhere to park.
A walk there along the coast path is far more relaxing and with breath-taking views along the way I personally find it a much more enjoyable way to get there! Similarly, if you visit instead in the spring, autumn or winter (like I do) then you are likely to have the cove all to yourself!
If you do decide to drive, then the walk from the car park down to the beach is a beautiful sandy track surrounded at first by a wonderful row of ornamental pine trees and beautiful rolling green fields. As you approach the cliff top there are a few houses here and the edge is steep so please keep children close and wear sturdy footwear.
You can turn down left and walk a few steps over the rocks to the cove or you can turn off right and walk the short path around to Piskie's Cove - another beautiful swim spot with incredible water quality but again please be careful of the edges - (especially in the winter when there has been a lot of rainfall, ledges can break away and rocks can get very slippery).
Once down on the sand there is a beautiful ravine where a few small fishing boats are kept and the sea boasts a wonderful shade of azure blue. Prussia Cove is a fantastic place for snorkelling and discovering caves at low tide but if you are new to swimming or new to the area please make sure that you check the local tide times, weather warnings/reports and that you investigate the general safety of swimming at the cove before you go.
Prussia Cove is not lifeguarded and it can be a tricky place to gain help if it is unfortunately needed. There are also local people that live here so please try to visit in 'off peak' times (like I have) to ensure that it does not get overcrowded in the summer. Similarly, in respect for the local area and its wildlife please take all of your belongings and litter home.
But most importantly of all, whenever you decide to come - happy wild swimming!