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Porthleven - West Beach

Penzance, Cornwall

A small mainly shingle beach in a bay backed by cliffs. It is home to the Porthleven Reef Break. Only experienced surfers should use this break as it is very dangerous.

Beach Type



Shops and a slip-way (in the harbour)


When the surf is up you can Watch the surfers tackle some of the best waves in Britain
Only very experienced surfers should attempt to surf on Porthleven reef

Nature and Wildlife

There is a coastal path running both east and west from Porthleven though extreme care should be taken when walking to the east towards Loe Bar. Basking sharks. seals and dolphins may be seen in the area.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

Litter bins are provided and the beach is cleaned daily from mid-May to September. The beach may suffer occasional pollution from litter. fishing debris and oil/tar. mainly through the wi.


Dogs are banned from Easter to October. Dog bins are provided.

Awards and Recommendations

Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

Helston Tourist Information Centre 79 Meneage Street Helston TR13 8RB Tel: 01326 565431 Fax: 01326 572803 e-mail: [email protected]


Nearest town: Penzance
County: Cornwall
Latitude/Longitude: 50.0799, -5.31029
Postcode: TR13 9ER
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

Explore more of the area around Penzance, Cornwall at Explore Britain.


Follow signposted road from Helston directly into Porthleven Harbour and go left to the seafront.

Public Transport

Buses run to the beach from Helston or Penzance. The nearest train station is Penzance.

Nearest Railway Stations

St Erth (Approx. 8 miles away)
Lelant Saltings (Approx. 9 miles away)
Lelant (Approx. 9 miles away)
Camborne (Approx. 9 miles away)
Hayle (Approx. 9 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


There are various small car parks near the beach. A fee is charged for parking.

Nearby Car Parks

Highburrow, Porthleven (Long stay).
About 0.1 miles away
Shrubberies Hill, Porthleven (Unknown stay).
About 0.2 miles away
Degibna, Porthleven (Unknown stay).
About 0.3 miles away
Kittos Field, Porthleven (Long stay).
About 0.5 miles away
Penrose, Porthleven (Unknown stay).
About 0.6 miles away
Chyvarloe, Helston (Unknown stay).
About 1.6 miles away
Fairground, Helston (Long stay).
About 1.7 miles away
Cattle Market, Helston (Long stay).
About 1.9 miles away
Castle Green, Helston (Long stay).
About 2 miles away
Quarry, Helston (Unknown stay).
About 2 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Penzance