Porth beach

Beach facilities

View map of beach Parking available Toilets available South West Coast Path Dog friendly RNLI lifeguard cover Easter weekend and May 21 - September 5 Beach cleaned regularly Good water quality for swimming

Season: summer

Porth beach, just to the east of Newquay on Cornwall’s North Coast, is long and flat.  At low tide. it’s a surprisingly wide expanse of sand.  As the tide turns, the sea moves quickly over the flat sand, a tidal race before it slows down for the wider section of the higher beach.  It was exhilarating to witness this from low tide.

Summer visit photo gallery


What the beach means to Paul.

Porth Holiday Park


Low tide at Porth beach, in the morning.

Season: winter

A wild wind whipped up the sea, looking down from the island next to Porth beach, on a low tide.  The deep, narrow beach was fully exposed, leading back to the coast road, which heads north east out of Newquay.  It was mild enough to sit on the sand, like interviewee Laura with her children and dog.  The low tide brought the jagged cliffs into view, stark against the driving Atlantic swell and breakers.

Winter visit photo gallery


Laura’s family values at the beach.


A wild vista, from above Porth beach on the island.

Season: spring

It was a crystal clear, cold morning at Porth beach for my spring re-visit.  I’ve never seen the tide so far out here, emphasising the depth of this flat beach.  There’s a great view across to Newquay from the waterline.

Spring visit photo


With visiting James and Anna, on a recharging trip down from London.


The breakers crash in at Porth, with a view across to Newquay.

Season: autumn

This was a flying visit, following my trip to Watergate Bay around the headland.  The facilities are like Mawgan Porth further up the North Coast, with toilets, a pub and shops all to hand.  Although it has its own separate atmosphere, Porth is handy for Newquay and its amenities.  Porth is a very deep beach rather than long or wide, so the tide holds the key to its mood.  I caught it at an interesting stage, with the tide and the waves rushing in at half tide.


The breakers at Porth beach on a rising tide, from halfway down the beach.

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