Another of Cornwall's large open beaches, Porthtowan is located at the bottom of a mining valley and surrounded by engine houses and towering cliffs that provide shelter from the cross-shore winds. As the tide drops out an impressive expanse of golden sand awaits, stretching 1.5 miles from the southern end of 'Lushingtons' all the way to Chapel Porth to the north. The name Porthtowan, or 'Porth Tewynn' in Cornish, means cove of sand dunes and has a rich history of mining, examples of which can be seen dotted around the landscape. Popular with surfers, Porthtowan is a swell magnet and fun waves can be had throughout the year. A small, secluded tidal pool can be found buried between the caves and gullies beneath the cliffs. Follow the coastal path roughly 300m north east until you come across a steep set of steps leading down to the tidal pool. A concrete wall damns the pool from the crashing waves of the Atlantic, the perfect spot the bath and watch the surfers peel across shore.
Follow signposts to Porthtowan and take the small turning towards the coast. Either park in the large car park behind the Blue Bar or take a left just after the shop and park on the beach.
Postcode: TR4 8AA
Lat / Lon: 50.287701, -5.24303
OS Explorer Map: 104 - Redruth & St Agnes
Today's tide times for Porthtowan calculated at the nearest tide station Perranporth located 5.9km away.
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