Porthleven Beach

Porthleven Beach on the Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall

Porthleven Beach is a 3 mile stretch of sand and shingle, which at low tide stretches south from Porthleven to Gunwalloe Fishing Cove in south west Cornwall. Porthleven is a south west-facing beach in a designated area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the west coast of the Lizard Peninsula.


Beach at Porthleven, CornwallTwo small car parks are provided in or just outside Porthleven, a picturesque harbour town offering cafes, restaurants, shops, pubs, galleries and more. Boat trips may be taken from the harbour. A granite pier acts as a boundary between the beach and the harbour. Toilet facilities are provided at the pier.

Porthleven holiday cottages provide self catering holiday accommodation near the beach. Of the other major towns in the Porthleven area of Cornwall, holiday cottages can also be found in Helston (3 miles by road), Penzance (12 miles), Falmouth (14 miles) and St Ives (14 miles).

There are strong undercurrents and submerged rocks in the waters off Porthleven which makes swimming inadvisable, though the breaks make it a popular spot for strictly experienced surfers. Lifeguards patrol the beach during only peak summer months. Loe Bar sits in the middle of Porthleven Beach and can be accessed at low tide.

Access to the beach, via a slipway and steps, is not suitable for the disabled. Dogs are not permitted on the western end of the beach (nearest the town) from Easter to October, but are permitted on the remainder.

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4 thoughts on “Porthleven Beach

  1. The Ship Inn

    The Ship Inn is a 17th century pub overlooking one of the most picturesque harbours in the country; come here in the summer to watch seabirds and fishermen go about their business in the sunshine, or brave the storms in winter to sip a perfectly poured pint by the large open fire. Beer mats and brasses adorn ceiling and walls in this old fisherman’s haunt, whilst flagstones and floorboards lay under foot. A terraced garden with ample seating gives a good vantage point to take inn the village with one of the 5 ales always on offer (These are usually Doom bar, Cornish coaster, Skinners Porthleven, The rebel Brewery’s Cornish Honeytrap and a guest ale.) Food is simple, well done traditional pub food – expect fish pies, steaks, mussels, crab and the catch of the day from the harbour that is literally on the door step – http://www.theshipinnporthleven.co.uk

  2. The Atlantic Inn

    The Atlantic Inn is a local family run pub. Set on a beautiful location overlooking the sea, on a clear day on our terrace you can have uninterrupted views from The Lizard to Mousehole. The menu is varied and bolstered by all sorts of specials on our daily board. We have very lively Saturday night entertainment and during the week we hold pub quizzes, bingo and darts, as our regular customers are mainly local people you can get a real sense of The Cornish. We have a selection of interesting wines and some lovely local real ales to enjoy from the likes of Skinners, Cornish Chough, Crown, Bays and Rebel breweries – http://www.theatlanticinn.co.uk

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