The Beach Guide

Portheras Cove

Portheras is one of the last remaining truly local beaches in West Cornwall. Located on one of the wildest stretches of Cornish coast between Pendeen and Morvah it isn't that easy to find.

Owned by the Duchy of Cornwall, the beach itself is a lovely sandy cove located at the end of a shallow valley with sheer cliffs at the northern end.

Until recently parts of the beach were out of bounds due to razor sharp fragments of an old wreck under the sand. In August 1963 the 454 ton cargo ship Alacrity, carrying anthracite from Swansea to Brussels, ran aground. In 2004 the wreck was finally cleaned up making the beach safe once again

Seals are a common sight here

Also known as:

Portherras Cove

Type of beach


Lifeguard service

No lifeguard cover

Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed all year

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TR19 7TU

OS grid ref.

SW 3902 3572


Either park in the farm car park at the end of 'Rose Valley' or park in the Pendeen Watch car park.

Portheras Cove Reviews

Secluded beach

Jean Cooper
Sep 11th 2020

Had a lovely afternoon on this beautiful beach, had an invigorating swim and we saw a seal In the waves. Lovely walk down from the lighthouse I had a walking stick that helps on the steep climb down the rocks but worth it.

Aug 12th 2020

Here on a foggy August day and we had the beach to ourselves at tea time. Great beach and loads of rocks to explore. Shame about the multiple dog craps on the path down. Some dog owners don’t deserve access.


Oct 21st 2019

Those that don’t like it obviously don’t appreciate it’s true beauty and would rather have, cafes n 100s of people milling around… it is an idealic cove appreciated by people, dogs and seals. If you love being at 1 with nature then protheras cove is for you

Two Airedales

Toby & Tess
Sep 03rd 2019

The best beach in Cornwall for dogs can’t escape, and plenty of fresh drinking water.

Amazing beach

Aug 17th 2019

This is really beautiful beach, with a natural stream running down to the beach. The water is cold but waves were amazing and good fun to swim in.
Car Park is on a farmers property and then a walk down to the beach (+-1mile) . No facilities but its unspoilt , quiet and beautiful. I would definitely recommend visiting this beach. Its also dog friendly all year!!

Jul 22nd 2019

Lovely quiet beach away from all the hustle and bustle, no frills but well worth it


Jul 13th 2019

Don’t bother, it’s not great.

Five star beach

Jo clack
Jul 07th 2019

It’s not the easiest access and has no facilities but if you would rather natural unspoilt beauty without the crowds for this part of Cornwall then make the effort.