Guide to Cornwall's beaches

Chapel Porth Beach

Chapel Porth Beach
  • Chapel Porth
  • Chapel Porth Wheal Coates
  • Chapel Porth

Set in a mining valley between high cliffs, the first view of the cove is quite dramatic. The impression you will get of Chapel Porth depends on when and at what tide you go there. At high tide the beach can become a somewhat cramped, stone and shingle beach. However if you were to visit on a low tide it is quite different with the sands stretching all the way from St Agnes Head to Lushingtons at the far end of Porthtowan Beach.

The time of year you visit and the weather can also have a dramatic effect on the appearance of the beach. Chapel Porth is one of the most exposed beaches on the North Coast facing the full force of the Atlantic. In the winter it can be a bleak foreboding place with the famous Wheal Coates engine house overlooking the scene from its clifftop.

Summer is a different story with the beach coming to life and clear blue water meeting the stretch of fine sand framed by the green of the cliffs. However, even on calm days Chapel Porth is not without its hazzards - getting cut off by the incoming tide is a real danger so be careful

Type of beach

Sandy

Lifeguard service

RNLI lifeguards daily from 19 May - 30 September

Dogs friendly beach?

No dogs (Easter to October)

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Facilities

National Trust cafe and toilets

Parking

There is a fair sized National Trust owned car park right on the beach

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