A subtle mix of grey, black and blue provided the palette for this winter re-visit. Lively surf, topped with bright white horses, cut through this fused vista in dramatic style. As a deep, flat beach, a rising tide always needs care at Porthcothan. At the back of the beach, a re-directed stream had wreaked havoc with the dune system, leaving a dangerous fifteen feet high sand cliff and removing considerable natural habitat for wildlife. A highlight of this unspoilt beach is the clash of elements as the sea arrives and claws at the stark black cliffs. Highly recommended.
Chris’ eulogy to the beach and its fragile ecosystem. You can discover more on the Porthcothan Bay Facebook.
What the beach means to Rakhi and Scott, enjoying downtime in Cornwall.
The magnificent natural environment at Porthcothan Bay.
A rising tide greeted me at Porthcothan Bay for this winter re-visit. Clean sets of waves ended their Atlantic journey at this most elemental of beaches. This was the last day of the year, offering bright sunshine for the reflective beach walkers. The weather-beaten black rock stood starkly against the clear blue sky, the ocean scene interspersed with the vivid white of the rolling waves. Highly recommended.
What the beach means to Sharon and Tristan.
New Year’s Eve at Porthcothan Bay.
This was a chance to enjoy the evening sun, on the North Coast of Cornwall. As the tide ran in, the sun was framed between the headlands, with the sand dunes behind. Porthcothan Bay is unspoilt and natural, as it’s always been, little known and wild, a great place to come and see what the tide’s brought in.
With Abby and Isaac in the evening.
The sea races in at Porthcothan Bay.
The best beachcombing beach in Cornwall, home to the late well-known film maker, beachcomber and fisherman Nick Darke, Porthcothan is an unspoilt North Coast beach, which faces the Atlantic and attracts flotsam and jetsam, from as far away as the Amazon. A deep rather than wide beach, it was being surveyed for erosion damage on my visit. There is a shop behind the dunes, toilets and plenty of parking to hand in the small village.
A friendly chat with two proud local residents.
A chat with one of two surveyors, who were collecting data for analysis of coastal erosion.
Peace and quiet at Porthcothan, with the beach all to myself.
My first view, from the back of Porthcothan beach.