Porthpean Beach

Porthpean Beach near St Austell, Cornwall

Porthpean Beach is a south-east facing beach in St Austell Bay, on the south Cornwall coast. Its aspect, location (close to some of Cornwall’s finest attractions), and relatively safe bathing in its sheltered waters, make Porthpean a particularly popular family beach.


Beach at Porthpean, CornwallPorthpean is situated within easy travelling distance of the Eden Project (3 miles by road), the Lost Gardens of Heligan (3 miles), the picturesque fishing village of Mevagissey (5 miles), St Austell (2½ miles), and the historic port of Charlestown (1 mile), which can optionally be reached via a picturesque coastal walk. Duporth (1 mile) and Carlyon Bay (3 miles) beaches lay nearby.

Self catering holiday accommodation is available in St Austell holiday cottages. Holiday accommodation is also available in holiday cottages in Porthpean, and in many of the smaller villages nearby such as Carlyon Bay and Charlestown.

A car park is situated by the beach. A slipway provides easy access to the beach. Facilities, situated on a small promenade backing the beach, include toilets, a shop and refreshments. Dogs are not permitted on the beach in peak seasons. There is no lifeguard service.

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  1. Porthpean Outdoor Education Centre

    The Centre is equipped with its own indoor climbing wall, bespoke outdoor high ropes course and is equipped to provide water and land based educational activities throughout the year. The centre has highly qualified and experienced staff who are able to deliver a range of outdoor activities to a wide range of age groups and ability levels. Most activities take place within easy walking distance of the Centre. In the summer months the Porthpean Centre transforms yet again into a buzzing camp for activity seeking groups where staff provide hands on outward bound educational activities – http://cornwalloutdoors.org/centres/porthpean/

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