This friendly village on the stunning Cornish north coast enjoys a lovely, family-friendly,
sandy beach with plenty of rock-pool activity and also good surfing. On the
eastern side of the beach is a large pool hewn out of the rocks which was created in the
19th century for the benefit of guests staying with the wealthy local Basset family at the
nearby Tehidy estate which is now a popular Country Park. Being on the South
West Coastal Path, where much of the area belongs to the National Trust, there are some
spectacular walks to be taken along the clifftop towards Godrevy lighthouse to the west
or Porthtowan to the east.
Looking at the quiet harbour now it is hard to believe what a centre of activity Portreath
was during the hey-day of Cornish mining, when the ships would come in bringing coal and then transport
the ore which had been brought down the old Mineral Tramway Trail which runs down the valley
from Bridge. This is now a very pleasant open path for walking and cycling. The disused
railway Incline in Portreath once linked Portreath to the Hayle Railway and was used
to bring down the copper ore.
Another feature of the village is The Pepperpot on Lighthouse
Hill.which acted as a daymark tower and also as a look-out. A flag signalling system was used. One
of the pubs in Portreath stands on the site of the old Fish Palace where pilchards were processed. Nowadays,
there are several pubs and cafes in the village plus shops and a Chinese take-away.