The Beach Guide

Portreath Beach

A mostly sand (with a little shingle below the shoreline) beach set in a steep valley. To the western end of the beach are high cliffs and another smaller cove which is separated by the high tide.

The other end of the beach is bounded by a granite wall which protects the narrow historic harbour. Once a busy port, importing coal and exporting copper, the harbour is now only home to a few fishing boats. It is well worth taking a walk along the quayside to look at the perilous harbour mouth which ships once sailed through.

On the left hand side, the beach has a small stream running down to the sea.A few hundred metres off the coast is the huge Gull Rock, which as the name suggests is something of a haven for seabirds of all kinds.

Portreath is a popular family beach which, like many beaches on the north Cornish coast, is attracts surfers and in particular bodyboarders. The beach backs onto the small town offering most facilities including several shops, toilets and cafés.

There is a well equipped recently built surf life saving club right on the beach adding to the surfie feel!

Type of beach


Lifeguard service

Full lifeguard service in the Summer (19 May to 30 September)

Dogs friendly beach?

Seasonal dog ban. Dogs not allowed on beach from 1st July to 31st August / 10am to 6pm

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Disabled access

Access to the beach via ramp at harbour end of car park. Some designated disabled parking spaces in the beachfront car park. Both adult and child sand chairs available from Portreath Surf Life Centre - 01209 842746


TR16 4PH

OS grid ref.

SW 6545 4527


Toilets, including disabled facilities, first aid post, lost child centre, café, restaurant, shops and surf life-saving club.


There is a reasonably large privately owned car park right on the beach