Porthtowan beach

Beach facilities

View map of beach Parking available Toilets available South West Coast Path SSSI Dog friendly RNLI lifeguard cover Easter holidays and weekend, May 4 - September 29, October half term and weekends Beach cleaned regularly Good water quality for swimming

Season: spring

It was like the curtains had been drawn open at Porthtowan for this re-visit, the first clear day after a spell of low pressure and misty beaches.  The beach was alive with people  enjoying the sunshine at the weekend.  The weather was mild and the breakers were spectacular, making fine surf for those in the sea.  This beach here is a social hub, with a great sense of community, all generations enjoying time together in a wonderful environment.


With lifeguard John, who explains this beach’s place in the local community.

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A thriving local beach, at Porthtowan on Cornwall’s north coast.

Season: autumn

What a place to celebrate the first year of manonabeach, 20,000 visits to the site since mid December and nearly 80,000 views of the films in the year, so thank you.  Porthtowan was wild and exuberant in the morning, the power of the sea awesome.  The sky reflected the cathartic nature of the moment.  It’s some kind of magic, all your hopes and fears encapsulated in a shaft of light through black clouds, a backdrop to the racing sea and sky against the beach.

Autumn visit photo gallery


Glynis, at home on the beach.


The magic of Porthtowan on a stormy morning.

Season: summer

The sea was wild for this summer re-visit.  Porthtowan beach, on Cornwall’s North Coast, is a geological treasure, the fractured rocks testimony to the relentless motion of the Atlantic against this shore.  Its scale is grand, the coastline stretching away to the west from the shoreline and the beach feels expansive on a low, ebb tide.  It’s a great place to reconnect with nature and our place in it.

Summer visit photo gallery


Sarah’s perenial love of the beach.


Another Sarah, with her son Wilbur, also enjoying the natural side of the beach.


Porthtowan beach, on an ebb tide.

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