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.
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
Today's tide times for Porthkidney calculated at the nearest tide station St. Ives located 2.4km away.
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