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Porthtowan Beach

Porthtowan, Cornwall

Porthtowan is a sandy beach flanked by steep cliffs on West Cornwall’s North coast within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This is a popular beach for surfers and families alike.

Beach Type



First aid station
Caravan site
Toilets (incl disabled)
Lost child centre
Caravan site


Surf board hire
There is zoning for watersports

Nature and Wildlife

The South West Coast Path along the top of the cliffs north towards Chapel Porth makes a wonderful scenic walk. Care should be taken when walking on the beach to Chapel Porth. as the tides come in quickly and cover this stretch of coast completely.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

The beach is cleaned daily and manually from week before Easter till 1st October by Carrick District Council. Litter bins provided. At other times dog litter bins provided.


Dogs are banned between Easter and October.

Awards and Recommendations

Blue Flag Beach
Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

Perranporth Tourist Information Centre. Perranporth. TR6 0DP. Tel: 01872 573368 / St. Agnes Tourist Information Centre. Church Town. St. Agnes. TR5 0QW. Tel/Fax: 01872 554150 [email protected]


Nearest town: Porthtowan
County: Cornwall
Latitude/Longitude: 50.2869, -5.24137
Postcode: TR4 8AW
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

Explore more of the area around St Agnes, Cornwall at Explore Britain.


At Chiverton Cross roundabout on the A30 take the exit signposted St Agnes and then Porthtowan. Travel along the B3277 for about one mile and turn left following the signs for Porthtowan.

Public Transport

Nearest Railway Station is Truro. Bus route 501 (summer only)

Nearest Railway Stations

Redruth (Approx. 4 miles away)
Camborne (Approx. 6 miles away)
Perranwell (Approx. 7 miles away)
Truro (Approx. 8 miles away)
Penryn (Cornwall) (Approx. 10 miles away)

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


There is car parking for 137 cars. Between 1st April and 30th September there is a charge. There are also 4 disabled spaces.

Nearby Car Parks

Beach Road, Porthtowan (Long stay).
About 0.1 miles away
Towan Cross, Porthtowan (Unknown stay).
About 0.7 miles away
Chapel Porth, St Agnes (Unknown stay).
About 1 miles away
Wheal Coates, St. Agnes (Unknown stay).
About 1.4 miles away
St.Agnes Head - White Rocks, St. Agnes (Unknown stay).
About 2 miles away
Presingoll Barns, St Agnes (Unknown stay).
About 2 miles away
St. Agnes Head - main, St. Agnes (Unknown stay).
About 2 miles away
St. Agnes Head - east, St. Agnes (Unknown stay).
About 2.2 miles away
Trelawney, St Agnes (Unknown stay).
About 2.3 miles away
Lighthouse Hill, Portreath (Unknown stay).
About 2.5 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Porthtowan