Portreath is a small resort to the east of St Ives Bay. Rounding Godrevy Lighthouse, Portreath is the first safe haven for boats, although the narrow harbour entrance takes skill to navigate into.
Once an important port for the nearby tin and copper mines, Portreath is now a popular beach destination. When calm it is a popular family beach, but like many beaches on the north Cornish coast, it is often rough and is then popular with surfers and bodyboarders who turn up in force to surf the harbour wall wave, or Vortex as it is known.
The village boasts several shops, cafés and a selection of holiday accommodation. There is a golf course close by and Tehidy Country Park offers around 10 miles of trails both for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
Being on the South West Coast Path there’s no shortage of beautiful walks with stunning views from the spectacular cliffs. Heading east along the path brings you to Porthtowan, another small village with a wonderful beach.
Portreath is also one end of the Coast to Coast route, a recreational trail that makes use of some of the old tram-roads, once used for transporting ore from the mines. It’s possible to cycle or walk from Portreath to Devoran on the south coast between Falmouth and Truro, passing through some of Cornwall’s finest industrial heritage.