The northern banks of the Helford River in Cornwall are home to a number of secret coves and inlets with Porthallack Cove being one of them. The Helford River has long been recognised for its beauty, as well as its geological and biological importance. It exhibits almost 50km of stunning coastline, from rocky shores to muddy creeks, where unspoiled woodland and rolling fields meet the Atlantic. Porthallack is primarily made from pebbles so isn't a typical bucket and spade beach but the likelihood of getting it to yourself is relatively high, making it ideal for peaceful picnics. It proximity to the river mouth means that it can be susceptible to south/southeasterly winds during the winter months. The water is safe for swimming but be aware that this is a river and some currents will occur so weaker swimmers should stay close to the shore. Due to its distance from the more popular riverside spots such as Durgan, the secluded shore of Porth Sawsen is relatively quiet and ideal for uninterrupted picnics. Excellent walking opportunities can be had along the banks of the Helford with small but defined footpaths leading east and west. Take a short walk west towards Durgan and get a pint at the Ferryboat Boat Inn, Helford Passage. Alternatively, head eastward up to Rosemullion Head for impressive vistas across Falmouth bay and the whole River.
Helford & Lizard: Twenty-five Secret Beaches
A beach guide book pulling together all of the Lizard Peninsula and Helford River’s best secret beaches and hidden coves.
Here’s to adventure. The spontaneous foray down that overgrown footpath, leaping that ancient granite hedge and traversing that deserted headland no-ones ever heard ... Read More
Head towards the North Helford and follow signs to Mawnan Smith. Take the back road from Mawnan to Maenporth and park in the Carwinion Playing Fields car park. Take the wide footpath to the side of Carwinion Gardens down to Porth Sawsen. Take the coastal path eastward towards to the river mouth and you will find the small cove of Porthallack to your right.
Postcode: TR11 5JR
Lat / Lon: 50.1012, -5.10309
OS Explorer Map: 103 - The Lizard
Porth Sawsen: 0.1km
The northern banks of the Helford River in Cornwall are home to a number of secret coves and inlets with Porth Sawsen (Porth Saxon) being one of them.... read more
Grebe Beach: 0.4km
Grebe Beach is an intimate fringe of greyish shingle on the northern bank of the Helford River, about 10 minute drive from Falmouth. It is situated ju... read more
Durgan Beach: 0.6km
Down on the northern banks on the Helford River hides the picturesque hamlet of Durgan and its south-east facing beach. The hamlet consists of 15 cott... read more