Porthchapel Beach

Situated between Porthcurno and Porthgwarra and around three miles from Lands End on Cornwall's far south west coast is the south facing Porthchapel Beach. It is a sheltered cove that is surrounded by weathered granite cliffs.

Generally quiet this sandy beach is a favourite with local families although never becomes crowded. Due to its location, access is only suitable for the able bodied; the narrow cliff path winds through a beautiful wooded valley followed by a climb down rocks to the beach.

Seals are regular visitors to the beach and are often seen swimming just off shore.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service

No lifeguard cover

Dogs friendly beach?

Seasonal dog ban. Easter day to 1st October (applies only below high-water mark)

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TR19 6JS

OS grid ref.

SW 3823 2182


There are no facilities at Porthchapel. The nearest shop is at the Minnack Theatre just along the coast path with further facilities in the village at Porthcurno.


Small field car park next to the church at St Levan. About 5-10 minutes walk from the beach

Porthchapel Beach Video

Porthchapel Beach Reviews

stunning azure blue waters with amazing surf

Sep 04th 2020

we dropped in on this one as we are currently exploring devon and cornwall after having moved here from Lancashire.  We have quite literally explored most of the Devon and Cornwall Coast. The vista is stunning and quite magical, we were in awe as is the case with most of the beaches we have seen.  Shame about the dog ban, we couldn’t stay as we had our rotty with us.  We use your site to select an area to visit and usually use the dog friendly indicators but we also like to go off piste so to speak and it usually doesn’t disappoint.