Chapel Porth Beach

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 hazards - getting cut off by the incoming tide is a real danger so be careful

Type of beach


Lifeguard service

RNLI lifeguards daily from 19 May - 30 September

Dogs friendly beach?

Seasonal dog ban. 1st July to 31st August / 10am to 6pm

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OS grid ref.

SW 6954 4954


National Trust cafe and toilets


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

Chapel Porth Beach Reviews


Sep 05th 2021

I know a thing or two about amazing beaches having been born and raised in Pembrokeshire. This incredible, beautiful beach - with its caves, tin mine on the cliff above, beautiful blue ocean with great surf and a fantastic NT cafe - could almost convince me that the Cornish coast is the equal of Pembrokeshire. But not quite! Essential to time your visit at a low tide to get the full, wonderful experience.

Best beach in the sorkd

Jonothan Wyvill
Aug 28th 2020

I’ve travelled the world visiting tropical beaches in Fiji and NZ and nowhere comes close to Chapel Porth for pure dramatic scenery and surf.

Low low tide required

Aug 28th 2020

Beach lovely.  BUT to be able to walk to Porth Towan in sand you will need really low low tide. Less than 1 metre.

Great small beach but be careful

Julie forsyth
Jul 29th 2019

Loved this tiny beach however I did get into difficulties in the water as its rough here but the lifeguards were amazing and there very quickly.  The national trust staff are lovely too.