Porthoustock Beach



Area

Porthoustock beach on the eastern side of the Lizard Peninsula is rarely frequented by people due to the lack of golden sand. Don't let the characteristic grey pebbles put you off because it offers up many other unique and interesting features. The beach drops away steeply into the water and can swimmers can quickly find themselves out of their depth so caution should be taken. It is also a popular with divers due to the scattering of shipwrecks around The Manacles, a particularly treacherous group of rocks that extend about one nautical mile out to see. Many ships have fallen foul of the semi-submerged rocks over the years including HMS Primrose (1809), SS Mohegan (1898) and Spyridon Vagliano (1890). The beach is dominated by the large concrete stone mill, used to crush stone that was extracted from the nearby quarries since the late nineteenth century. Several small fishing boats still operate from this beach, mainly working with lobster and crab pots.


Guides

Secret beach guide Helford & Lizard: Twenty-five Secret Beaches

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


Directions

Drive to St. Keverne and then follow directions to St. Keverne. Park next to the quay and walk down onto the beach.


Location

Postcode: TR12 6QW

Lat / Lon: 50.055901, -5.06418

OS Explorer Map: 103 - The Lizard

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