Rayle Farm Holiday Cottages, Bridge, Illogan,
Nr. Redruth, Cornwall TR16 4QP
Tel: (01209) 842245 Email: enquiries@raylefarm.co.uk



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Portreath

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.



Portreath Harbour

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