Porthtowan

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Porthtowan Beach

Porthtowan Beach


Porthtowan is a small thriving village on the North Coast. It has a fine sandy beach and it is very popular for surfing.

Porthtowan hosts a number of surfing championships each year. For details of any upcoming events please click on Events.

The name Porthtowan can be translated from Cornish words 'porth' and 'tewynn' to mean 'Cove of Sand Dunes.

Porthtowan's history is associated with mining and one of its most picturesque and prominent buildings is a former engine house which has been converted for residential use.

There are fine walks along the cliffs towards Portreath and towards Chapel Porth and St Agnes.

There is a large car park with toilet facilities within easy reach of the beach.

General Information

Local facilities include beach shops, post office, pub, bar and mini-market as well as hotels, guest houses and a nearby touring park for camping. For holiday accommodation in and around Porthtowan see Porthtowan accommodation listings on this page or for accommodation throughout Cornwall visit our Cornwall Accommodation.


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Location:
On the north coast of Cornwall. Porthtowan is easily accessible from the A30. Leave the A30 at the junction for Wheal Rose and Scorrier.

Porthtowan is well signposted from this point. The approach to the village
is through a magnificent valley whose slopes are crowned by an impressively picturesque reminder of Cornwall's Mining Heritage.

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