Porthallow was once a busy fishing village with a thriving pilchard fleet. In fact the local pub (which overlooks the beach) is named the "Five Pilchards". Today there are still a few working boats left here, and you will often see them pulled up on the beach, as it doubles as the harbour.
The beach and village here are quite pretty, with a number of thatched cottages and a backdrop of woodland. It is also a little unusual in the way that there isn't really a clear point where the village ends and the beach starts.
Porthallow's beach is fairly sheltered as it is set on the eastern side of the Lizard Peninsula, away from the prevailing south-westerly winds. You won't find much in the way of sand here and the beach is made up of pebbles. This keeps the water a little clearer, which is good news for the scuba divers you will often see setting off in boats from here, on their way to the Manacles Reef. This treacherous granite reef is one of the best diving sites in the country.
Type of beach
No lifeguard cover
Dogs friendly beach?
Dogs allowed all year
OS grid ref.
SW 7978 2321
Café, pub and other facilities all close by
Large car park practically on the the beach.
Porthallow Beach Reviews (2)
JonAug 01st 2020
The beach is privately owned and so no scuba diving or camping is permitted and a small donation is requested to help with the maintenance of the beach and facilities including public toilets. One of the few hideaways left but getting busier.
More dog poop than pebbles..
Pedro The FishermanSep 13th 2022
Thankfully a reasonabley short walk from our holiday accommodation, as this beach left us underwhelmed to say the least. Disappointingly the Five Pilchards had closed mysteriously just days before, and the Porthallow Cafe was closed due to staff shortage…if only they had updated this on their FB page it would of saved us the walk to this dog poop littered beach!