Porthgwarra Beach

Porthgwarra Beach - Cornwall
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This secluded little cove is tucked away just around the coast the coast from Land’s End.

Barely anyone was familiar with the charms of Porthgwarra until the BBC’s 2015 series of Poldark put it on the map. Whilst it is still relatively quiet, due to its off the beaten track location, it will be a long time before it returns to obscurity.

The beach here comprises of a narrow strip of sand between boulders and granite cliffs. The beach sits at the bottom of a steep slipway - a throwback to when Porthgwarra was a busy fishing village. Now only one boat regularly works crab pots from here.

One of the most interesting features of the cove are the tunnels which have been cut into the rocks leading to the slipway.

Whilst swimming close to shore is relatively safe, there are strong currents further out so care should be taken.

Type of beach

Sand & rock

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are not allowed on the beach from Easter Day to September 30 (8am - 7pm)

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  • Swimming/bathing
  • Rock pooling


  • Toilets
  • Shop

Nearest town



TR19 6JR

OS grid ref.

SW 3726 2153


Parking available

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