Porthcothan Bay Beach
Porthcothan beach is a north west-facing cove backed by grassy dunes, popular for sunbathing, and a favourite with families. The sandy beach opens out at low tide, connecting up with small coves to the north and south and at high tide the beach becomes very sheltered from swells and winds due to the cliffs.
Located south of Treyarnon Bay with the nearest village St Merryn only ten minutes drive away, although the one road narrow through Porthcothan can get snarled up at times. The South West Coast Path gives splendid views to both the north and the south and offers an alternative way of reaching the beach
Parking, shops and toilet facilities are close by with beach level access.
Lifeguard cover from the 15th of May until the 26th of September (2021). You are advised to always check beach conditions before your visit and always follow the lifeguards advice whilst on the beach. Current beach conditions and lifeguard cover can be checked on www.beachlifeguards.org.uk
Porthcothan is a dog friendly beach, with no seasonal dog ban. Please keep your dog under control and clean up mess immediately.
Surfers find Porthcothan to be a quiet surf spot and decent consistent surf is hard to come by. Will work from low to mid tide and breaks on sand banks producing lefts and rights. Suitable for beginners. Dangers: Rocks, occasional bad rips on spring tides, surfable at low to mid tide. Wind: E/SE offshore
Porthcothan beach and the clifftop fields nearby were used for the filming of Poldark, especially the shots of Ross riding his horse.