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Portreath Beach

Portreath, Cornwall

A sand and shingle beach set in a bay backed by cliffs on one side and the pier and car park on the other. A stream runs down the middle of the beach to the sea. The beach is popular with families and surfers.

Beach Type

Sand & Shingle


Including disabled facilities
First aid post
Lost child centre
Restaurant and shops


A Hollow and dangerous wave breaks off the pier
Popular with bodyboarders
Only experienced surfers or bodyboarders should attempt this wave

Nature and Wildlife

The beach is on the South West Coastal Path. There are walk/cycle routes through nearby Illogan Woods and also Tehidy Woods. There is also "Portreath Tramways" for walking or cycling. which are part of the Mineral Tramway Trails. Jackdaws. birds of prey a

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

The beach is cleaned daily during the bathing season by Kerrier District Council. Litter and dog bins are provided but dogs are not allowed on the beach from Easter Day to 1st October. The beach may suffer occasional pollution from sewage and litter.

Awards and Recommendations

Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

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


Nearest town: Portreath
County: Cornwall
Latitude/Longitude: 50.2622, -5.29345
Postcode: TR16 4NR
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

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Portreath is on the B3300 which is off the A30. There is parking on this road or in the car park in the centre of Portreath. The beach is accessed by several sets of steps and a few slopes. one of which is sandy.

Public Transport

The nearest train stations are at Camborne and Redruth. Bus route 501 (summer only)

Nearest Railway Stations

Camborne (Approx. 4 miles away)
Redruth (Approx. 4 miles away)
Hayle (Approx. 7 miles away)
Carbis Bay (Approx. 9 miles away)
Perranwell (Approx. 9 miles away)

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


There is a private car park holding around 100 cars. There is a charge for parking here.

Nearby Car Parks

Tregea Terrace, Redruth (Unknown stay).
About 0.1 miles away
Lighthouse Hill, Portreath (Unknown stay).
About 0.4 miles away
Basset's Cove, Portreath (Unknown stay).
About 1.3 miles away
Tehidy Country Park South Drive, Camborne (Unknown stay).
About 1.4 miles away
North Cliffs - Reskejeage Downs, Camborne (Unknown stay).
About 2.2 miles away
North Cliffs - east, Camborne (Unknown stay).
About 2.4 miles away
North Cliffs - middle, Camborne (Unknown stay).
About 2.6 miles away
North Cliffs - West, Camborne (Unknown stay).
About 2.7 miles away
Beach Road, Porthtowan (Long stay).
About 2.9 miles away
Rosewarne Extension, Camborne (Medium/Long stay).
About 3.2 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Portreath