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Porthpean Beach

St Austell, Cornwall

Once known for pilchard fishing, Porthpean is now popular among families seeking a safe sheltered beach. The cliffs to the east of this fine sandy beach are extensively used by nesting birds, whilst the rock pools to its west provide ample opportunity for kids to looks for starfish, crabs and shrimp.

Beach Type



Toilets and snack bar on the promenade

Nature and Wildlife

The beach is situated on the coastal footpath. providing an easy route to the Georgian port of Charlestown to the east. A more vigorous walk to the west leads to Black Head. Nesting birds occupy the cliffs to the east and rock pools are located at the wes

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

The beach is cleaned daily during the summer season. Susceptible to high volumes of litter during SE winds.


Dogs banned Easter - September.

Awards and Recommendations

Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

Porthpean Tourist Information Centre Bypass Garage Southbourne Road St Austell Tel: 01726 879 500


Nearest town: St Austell
County: Cornwall
Latitude/Longitude: 50.3227, -4.76504
Postcode: PL26 6AX
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

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From the A390 (St Austell by-pass) follow the signs for Porthpean. Access via a short road. then a steep ramp leading from the car park. or by way of the coastal path.

Public Transport

No details

Nearest Railway Stations

St Austell (About a mile and a half away)
Par (Approx. 3 miles away)
Luxulyan (Approx. 5 miles away)
Bugle (Approx. 5 miles away)
Roche (Approx. 7 miles away)

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


There is a large. privately owned car park.

Nearby Car Parks

Porthpean Beach, St Austell (Unknown stay).
About 0.1 miles away
Charlestown Road, Charlestown (Unknown stay).
About 0.7 miles away
Clifden Road, St Austell (Long stay).
About 1.3 miles away
Polkyth - main, St Austell (Long stay).
About 1.4 miles away
Polkyth, St Austell (Long stay).
About 1.4 miles away
East Hill, St Austell (Unknown stay).
About 1.5 miles away
St Austell Station, St Austell (Unknown stay).
About 1.6 miles away
Aylmer Square, St Austell (Unknown stay).
About 1.6 miles away
North Street, St Austell (Unknown stay).
About 1.6 miles away
West Hill, St Austell (Short/Medium/Long stay).
About 1.7 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in St Austell