Guide to Cornwall's beaches

Porthoustock Beach

Porthoustock beach

Porthoustock beach is located on the more sheltered eastern side of the Lizard peninsula a couple of miles from the village of St Keverne.

Towards high tide the beach consists of a neat crescent of flat pebbles with quarry workings at either end. With cars parked along the back of the beach it possibly isn't what most people would describe as the archetypal fishing cove - but that's what it is. Pulled up on the beach are a collection of small fishing boats that work the plentiful waters here.

As the tide drops out it reveals an area of sand, the sort which is perfect for making sand castles!

Perhaps the most distinctive feature of Porthoustock is the enormous concrete silo at the southern end of the beach; now disused, this was used to store aggregate from the still working quarry. At the northern end of the beach is a quay used by the quarry to load aggregate onto boats.

Porthoustock is a popular spot for diving as it is located close to the infamous Manacles reef and all the shipwrecks associated with it.

Type of beach

Sandy

Lifeguard service

No lifeguard cover

Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed all year

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Postcode

TR12 6QW

OS grid ref.

SW 8075 2180

Facilities

Besides the toilets there are no facilities at Porthoustock

Parking

There is a car park on the beach. Actually on the beach! You can park up on the pebbles, but take care not to block the fishing boats which are launched from here.

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