Beneath the sands dune of West Cornwall Golf Club lies a secret beach that is often overlooked due to its lack of parking and relative remoteness. Porthkidney is a north facing beach just to the western side of Hayle river mouth and about 2 miles east of the famous (but incredible busy) St. Ives. A huge expanse of golden sand is revealed as the tide goes out, almost a mile on a large spring tide. The headland to the western end of the beach is known as Hawk's Point and offers up fun sheltered surfing opportunities in a south west wind and is popular with long-boarders at low tide. At very low tide, the short walk around this headland (Carrack Gladden) to the neighbouring Carbis Bay is possible and you can take the coastal path back if the tide begins to flood. Be careful swimming near the river mouth as currents can be very strong and working fishing boats operate in the area.
The Far West: Nineteen Secret Beaches
A beach guide book pulling together all of West Cornwall’s best secret beaches and hidden coves.
This guide is about new adventures. For those who want to create the first footprints in the sand, discover that forgotten cove hidden at the end of an over-grown footpath, or to simply find ... Read More
Drive to Lelant and turn off the A3074 down the small, un-marked road with parking at the end. Find the footpath next to St Uny church and drop down onto the footpath, gaining access to the sand dunes, estuary and Porthkidney beach.
Postcode: TR26 3DY
Lat / Lon: 50.195301, -5.43967
OS Explorer Map: 102 - Land's End
Harvey's Towans: 0.4km
Havrey's Towans and the sandy beach are hidden on the western flanks of Hayle rivermouth on the north coast of Cornwall in St. Ives Bay.... read more
Black Cliff Beach: 0.5km
Black Cliff Beach is hidden at the mouth of the Hayle River near St. Ives on the north coast of Cornwall.... read more
Carbis Bay: 1.2km
Carbis Bay is a sandy beach near St. Ives on the north coast of Cornwall. ... read more