Trace the dramatic coastline and mining heritage from St Agnes and you’ll end up in Porthtowan. Its Blue Flag awarded beach is its big draw – one of Cornwall’s most popular surfing spots backed by large dunes and dramatic cliffs. Low tide exposes a long expanse of which you can walk along to Chapel Porth, the next equally as stunning beach managed by the National Trust.
The coastal path between the two – and further along to St Agnes – takes in some of the county’s best remains of its rich mining heritage with stunning views out to sea. This is a wild part of the coast with RNLI lifeguards patrolling the beach from May to September and other peak times.
Back in the village there’s a number of family-suited restaurants, cafés, bars, shops, surf equipment hire, and a children’s play park – if they ever get bored of cricket on the beach.
Grab a pasty from the family-friendly cafes or head to The Blue Bar – the place to visit for a beach-side sundowner with good food and drink served until late. There’s also a local pub or head to St Agnes only a short drive away for plenty of eating and drinking options to explore.
Dogs are welcome along the entire South West Coast Path around Porthtowan. They are also welcome on the beach except between Easter and the end of September (8am -7pm) when a seasonal dog ban is in place.
There is level access for disabled visitors from the car park.