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Porthcothan Beach

Padstow, Cornwall

North west facing long sandy cove surrounded by cliffs and backed by sand dunes, which offer shelter from prevailing winds. Highly popular with families, less so with surfers due to its sheltered nature.

Beach Type



Toilets opposite the beach entrance
Shop nearby
Lost child centre


Exposed to South west swells this is a popular area for surfing

Nature and Wildlife

Coastal walks through the dunes and along the rugged cliffs.

Water Quality





No dog restrictions.

Awards and Recommendations

Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

Newquay Tourist Information Centre Marcus Hill Newquay TR7 1AF Tel: 01637 854020 Fax: 01637 854030


Nearest town: Padstow
County: Cornwall
Latitude/Longitude: 50.5081, -5.02274
Postcode: PL28 8LR
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

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Easy access from beach level road. and car park.

Public Transport

Bus route 556

Nearest Railway Stations

Newquay (Approx. 7 miles away)
Quintrell Downs (Approx. 7 miles away)
St Columb Road (Approx. 8 miles away)
Roche (Approx. 10 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


Car park with disabled spaces.

Nearby Car Parks

Porthcothan Beach, Porthcothan (Long stay).
About 0.1 miles away
Park Head, Treburrick (Unknown stay).
About 0.9 miles away
Treyarnon Bay, Treyarnon (Unknown stay).
About 1.3 miles away
Constantine Bay, Padstow (Unknown stay).
About 1.6 miles away
Carnewas (for Bedruthan Steps), Trenance (Unknown stay).
About 1.9 miles away
Harlyn Bridge, Harlyn (Unknown stay).
About 2.5 miles away
Trevose Head, Harlyn (Unknown stay).
About 2.7 miles away
Mawgan Porth Beach, Mawgan Porth (Unknown stay).
About 3 miles away
Trevone Road, Trevone (Unknown stay).
About 3.2 miles away
Link Road, Padstow (Long stay).
About 4.2 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Padstow