The Beach Guide

Porth Kidney (Lelant) Beach

Porth Kidney (Lelant) Beach - Cornwall

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Porth Kidney is a large, sandy beach at the mouth of the Hayle estuary. North-facing, with a river that makes for dangerous currents, the beach offers occasional good surfing. Two miles from St Ives, it is possible to walk around the headland to Carbis Bay at low tide. Accessed via the village of Lelant.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

We do not have information on this beach but restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)

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  • Picnic area

Nudist/naturist beach


Nearest town

St Ives


TR26 3GN

OS grid ref.

SW 5407 3843

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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