Just to the south of Porthtowan is the smaller beach of Portreath, a sandy beach that turns to shingle below the tide line. The main feature of the beach is the impressive harbor wall that extends out to sea at the northern end. Brave body boarders have been known to surf colossal waves breaking off the end of the wall during huge swells. Once a bustling port that during the boom years of the mining industry, the harbor is now host to a few lonely fishing boats. The cliffs surrounding the area are made of a crumbling slate and extra care should be taken when traversing the impressive coastal paths. A small tidal pool can be found to the far right of Portreath beach, up against the harbor wall. To the left of the beach are six smaller bath-shaped pools that were carved out for Lady Frances Bassett during the 19th century. One of the baths is hidden inside a cave and accessed via a small metal ladder.
From Redruth follow the signposts to Portreath. Park in the car park overlooking the beach or find a free space on the side of the road.
Postcode: TR16 4NR
Lat / Lon: 50.261501, -5.29377
OS Explorer Map: 104 - Redruth & St Agnes
Today's tide times for Porteath calculated at the nearest tide station Perranporth located 8.8km away.
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