Situated just 4 miles northwest of Redruth, Porrtreath beach is popular with both local people and families on holiday. The name Portreath means “sandy cove” in its original cornish dialect and that description matches the beach itself.
The town itself has become somewhat of a holiday resort but has it roots firmly in Cornwall’s mining heritage. The is a harbour set on one side of the beach that allowed tin and copper to be taken out of Cornwall to Wales in exchange for coal. The harbour now is a great place to get great views of the coast.
The beach is a couple of hundred meters wide and there is plenty of room to find a spot to yourself most of the year round at low tide the beach expands by quite some distance and a stream crosses the sand
To the west behind the headland that rises on the left hand side lies Godrevy point about 4 miles away and to the east around 4 miles away lie Porthtowan. Both directions can be reached on the Southwest Coastal Path and take a couple of hours.
The beach is popular with surfers and it can get pretty busy here in the summer. The best surfing is at mid-tide. Check the section below for more details and surf forecasts.
Getting To & Parking At Portreath Beach
On the A30 just west of Redruth, take the exit at Pool which is signposted Portreath A3047. Take the A3047 exit on the unusual 2 way roundabout and follow this road over a couple of mini roundabouts until you reach a T-junction signposted to Portreath on the right. Take this road a short way and you will get to a crossroads which again is signposted to Portreath on the left. This road leads straight to the beach where there is a car park directly in front of the beach itself.
The car park is big enough for a few hundred cars and there is also some on road parking which will likely be full first during the peak season.
Access and Facilities
Getting onto the beach from the car park involve a short flight of stairs. If you come out of the car park though and turn right there is a level sandy path straight onto the beach which will be suitable for disabled access and pushchairs.
There are public toilets in the car park overlooking the beach which also have disabled facilities.
Lifeguard Patrol and Swimming
There is an RNLI lifeguard patrol stationed at Portreath between mid-May and the end of September, check out the RNLI website for more up-to-date details.
Swimming is best in an area designated by the lifeguard patrol. Portreath does receive a swell so the sea can get rough and isn’t very good for swimming especially at low tides when rips can form.
Surfing at Portreath
Portreath is a popular spot on the north coast for surfing. The surf is fairly consistent all year and best with a northwest swell with opposing winds. At high tide the wave do have a tendency to break right on the beach. Care needs to be taken at low tides when rips can form.
Dogs are allowed on Portreath beach during the off season. During the months between Easter and the end of September dogs are not allowed on the beach between the hours of 7:00am and 7:00pm