Porthilly Cove

View map of beach Parking available Toilets available South West Coast Path Dog friendly

Season: autumn

There was another low tide at Porthilly for this re-visit.  The weekend sun played across the beach and the bagged-up oysters, ready for collection.  A couple were digging for lugworms and some people were working on their beached Cornish Shrimpers.  The slightly elevated vantage point of the churchyard brought the whole vista into focus, looking across the Camel to Padstow and along to Rock.

Autumn visit photo gallery


Kay’s harmonious relationship with the rhythms of the beach.


A spin round Porthilly Cove, at low tide.

Season: summer

The low tide at Porthilly Cove allowed proximity to the leisure yachts and dinghies that were scattered across the River Camel on their moorings, including Pityme’s own Cornish Shrimpers.  It felt almost possible to walk or wade across to Padstow, on the other side of the river.

Summer visit photo gallery


With Ann and her dog.


What one beach-goer likes about the beach.


Porthilly Cove, on a low tide.

Season: winter

Porthilly Cove and its beach are tucked around a corner from Rock, on the Camel Estuary in North Cornwall, looking across to Padstow.  You can park on the road near the beach and walk down a short lane to the beach.  It was just past high tide for my visit, but you could still see the small church next to the beach.  There are plenty of facilities at hand, plus a gallery / shop in the adjacent hamlet of Porthilly, where I chatted to Tim, from oyster purveyor Rock Shellfish.


My chat with Peter, the proprietor at Cornish Crabbers, located near Porthilly.  I was able to look around the vibrant manufacturing site, where a new 12 foot entry level dinghy was being developed, as well as larger boats to accompany the existing, popular Cornish Shrimper and Crabber range.


I chatted to Tim, the proprietor at Rock Shellfish, a successful local business, located right on Porthilly Cove and harvesting oysters from the Camel Estuary over Porthilly beach.


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