Local Beaches

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PORTHTOWAN BEACH

A sandy beach flanked by steep cliffs on West Cornwall’s north coast within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This is a popular beach for surfers and families alike.

Swimming, fishing, canoeing and surfing are all popular. Board hire is available and there is zoning for water sports.

CHAPEL PORTH BEACH

Large expanse of sand at low tide, only rocks at high and many rock pools and caves to explore. National Trust car park and beach cafe serving legendary ‘hedgehog’ ice creams – cornish ice cream, covered in clotted cream and topped with crushed hazlenuts, scrumptious!

Hot and cold drinks and good food also available. The ruins of the old Wheal Coates tin min look down from the high cliffs, and the walk from here around St Agnes give stunning views.

PORTREATH BEACH

Soft fine sand, with shingle below the shore-line, that is popular with families. The harbour wall and “rocky” is popular with surfers for its “vortex” surf break. Refreshments may be obtained from the Beach Café or The Retreat Restaurant & Take-Away which has a relaxed atmosphere with comfy sofas. There are two surf/beach shops and an amusement arcade for families located on the seafront. Public toilets are also available close by. The village has a local supermarket, Post Office, Bakery and a tearoom located within The Square. The village also has three pubs – one of which overlooks the harbour and a smaller, sandy beach. Disabled access.

GWINTHIAN

A long beautiful sandy rural beach, well known for surfing and seldom crowded. There is a cafe and beach shop by the main car park. An excellent place for a family day out. Surfing, swimming and walking are popular. The sand dunes and rock pools are great for exploring. This is a great spot for watching seabirds, with colonies of guillemots, razorbills and cormorants. Common seals are here too.

TREVAUNANCE COVE

Near St Agnes, has a sandy beach, which is completely covered at high tide. It is enclosed on both sides by cliffs, rocks and an old harbour wall. The cove is favoured by surfers and great for rock pooling. There is excellent walking here – The Coastal Path runs right past the beach. Seabirds, seals, dolphins and basking sharks have been spotted here.

PERRANPORTH

Local Blue Flag beach, with its three mile stretch of glorious sand washed clean by the Atlantic twice a day. There are hundreds of rockpools to search for creatures and caves once haunted by smugglers and miners, as well as the tidal pool at Chapel Rock. On top of Chapel Rock you get an excellent view of Perranporth beach at low tide, extending Northwards to Penhale Sands. Look down and you’ll see there’s a natural open air pool which is filled with sea water at high tide and warmed by the sun during the day. Turn inland and in the dunes at the foot of the hills you’ll see the tented frontage of the Watering Hole pub, where you can enjoy a pint on the beach and which serves food all day. The Watering Hole also has live music in the evenings. It is a popular beach with families as the river flows onto the beach which is great for kids to paddle in. It is a great place for surfing, snorkelling, sailing and generally splashing around.

HOLYWELL

One of the backdrops for the BAFTA-winning TV series Poldark. The beach is set within a bay and is formed by a large expanse of sand which is backed by a tall and extensive sand dune system. Swimming, surfing, bodyboarding. Walking. Beach angling. Geocaching. 2 NT endorsed surf schools and a catering concession selling beach goods and refreshments, with other facilities in Holywell village. Fascinating grotto-like caves at the northern end at low tide, with unusual calcareous mineral formations. Holywell dunes and adjoining Penhale Dune System is a Special Area of Conservation. Grey seals and dolphins are often seen off the headlands.