There's only sand here at low tide, but it's easy and safe to swim from the slipway. With no lifeguards and strong currents further out, caution is advised on straying too far from the confines of the cove.
Plenty of rockpools to explore and tunnels to discover.
There's a large carpark in the valley and a cafe/shop run by St Aubyns Estate.
Walk up the tarmaced lane on the western side of the valley to reach Gwennap Head and its lookout station. The granite sea-cliffs here are favourites of rock climbers who cling by fingertips while the sea pounds 200 ft below.
Surf rescue equipment present at the beach.
Please note: Dogs are welcome on this beach except between 1 July and 31 August (10am - 6pm) when a seasonal dog ban is in place (2020).
Once a thriving fishing cove, Porthgwarra boasts a peaceful existence surrounded by wildflowers and birdlife. The popular scene in series one of Poldark featuring Ross taking a swim in the crystal clear water while watched from the cliff tops by Demelza was filmed here, as well as the pilchard fishing scene and many others.