Porth beach, located 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 in a tidal race before it slows down for the wider section of the higher beach. It was exhilarating to witness this from low tide.
What the beach means to Paul.
Low tide at Porth beach in the morning.
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 with interviewee Laura with her children and dog. The low tide brought the jagged cliffs into view, stark against the driving Atlantic swell and breakers.
Laura’s family values at the beach.