Porthallow sits on the relatively unexplored eastern side of the Lizard Peninsula and faces northeast. This orientation shelters it from the prevailing south westerly winds that Cornwall often experiences. It is a small traditional fishing village and was once home to a successful pilchard industry. The beach lies directly on a glacial fault line and exhibits an amazing array of geological features that lure people far and wide. The cliffs around Porthallow cove form part of the SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) noted for its geological features.
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
Drive to Manaccan and from there follow signposts to Porthallow. Park in the carpark on the beach and walk down onto the sand.
Postcode: TR12 6PW
Lat / Lon: 50.068501, -5.07957
OS Explorer Map: 103 - The Lizard
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Men-Aver Beach: 1km
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