Porthleven Beach
Porthleven Beach


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Porthleven from the air

Porthleven from the air

Porthleven is Britain's most southerly port, an interesting harbour town which has been involved with the fishing industry for centuries.

The sea, shipwrecks and wrecking form a major part of Porthleven's history. The residents of the parish in former times had a fierce reputation for their wrecking activities. Ships masters prayed for a safe passage through this area of Mounts Bay and to be delivered from the hands of the men of Breage and Germoe.

Notable wrecks include the Naboth's Vineyard, General Evening Post and Yonge Alcida.

In recent years, Porthleven has seen new growth with many new businesses opening in the town , particularly restaurants and cafe-bars serving a wide variety of fine cuisines.

Porthleven is popular for surfing and has one of the finest reef breaks in the UK. This is for expert surfers only. See beaches for more information. Surfing is also popular from Porthleven's main beach where bodyboarding is popular.

New Book on Porthleven

'Harbour to Harbour' compiled by David and Jan Penprase. The book contains black and white photos of all the main characters in the village, together with a short biography on each person/s. A fantastic piece of village history and a 'must buy' for anyone interested in Porthleven. ISBN 0-9540318-1-4. Soft cover £15 Hard cover £50 (already sold out). Published by D&J Publishing, Flagstaff House, Porthleven, Cornwall, TR13 9DZ. (www.davidpenprase.co.uk) Contact david@davidpenprase.co.uk. Currently being shown in the the Customs House Gallery, Porthleven. All proceeds going to the Precious Lives Appeal.

General Information

The town has an excellent range of local facilities including accommodation.
For holiday accommodation in and around Porthleven see Porthleven accommodation listings on this page or for accommodation throughout Cornwall visit our Cornwall Accommodation.

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Porthleven is located on the South coast in West Cornwall.

It is easily accessible from the A394 Penzance - Helston - Falmouth road via the B3304

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