Beaches near Portreath
Portreath beach is well served with facilities including a surf shop, beach café, car park and pub.
With a wide sandy area and rocks at each end, Portreath beach has a lot to offer to most beach users.
Chapel Porth is a secluded but popular cove. Owned by the National Trust it has a large sandy area that stretches all the way to Porth Towan at low tide.
The large car park also has a café that serves a famous ‘hedge hog’ ice cream hard Cornish ice cream topped with clotted cream nuts and other toppings. Well worth a tasing whatever the time of year…
Another typical North Coast beach with a large sandy expanse at low tide bounded by cliffs and rocks.
The closest beach to the village of St Agnes, Trevaunance Cove used to be a small commercial port and still has a few small fishing boats operating from the slip. The original key has now fallen down and forms part of this primarily rocky, beach.
One of the largest beaches on the Cornish coast Perranporth Sands stretches for some 2 miles in front of cliffs and sand dunes north from Perranporth town up to XXX point, just south of Hollywell Bay.
Perran Sands is popular with all types of beach goers from surfers to families.
Currently there is no restriction for dogs on Perranporth beach, but there is a proposal to limit dogs to being on leads in the main beach area during summer months.
Gwithian to Hayle
Heading south of Portreath the coast becomes tall cliffs with only a few small coves, until you reach Gwithian and Godrevey Head.
Gwithian Sands is a popular surf beach (though there can be some nasty rips in certain conditions, so it’s worth checking with the locals…). While this beach stretches all the way to Hayle (about 3 miles along the coast) the Eastern end of the beach starts with an ara of large flat stones, with the sand only exposed as the tide starts to drop.
The land around the eastern end of the beach is owned and managed by the National trust (with free parking for members) and there is an excellent (but small) café in the main car park.