Porthkidney Sands Beach, Cornwall



Porthkidney is a sheltered beach with about 600m of golden sand and sand dunes, the dunes are also known as Lelant Towans.

The beach is separated from Hayle beach by a narrow strip of water. Excellent beach for swimming and becomes a surfers beach in the winter as its sheltered location helps to keep the surf up when other more exposed beaches loose wave height.

Bathing anywhere near the river estuary is very dangerous as the currents can be extremely strong, safe swimming area is marked.

Seasonal lifeguard and close to all the facilities in St Ives itself.

We have no dog information for Porthkidney Sands beach.


We have no current information on dog restrictions for Porthkidney Sands Beach.

Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 50 beaches around Penwith Peninsula, 215 beaches in Cornwall, or check our list of Cornwall Dog Friendly Beaches.

Beach Water Quality

Water samples are taken at regular intervals during the bathing season and at the end of the season the water quality is classified as:
  • Excellent: the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
  • Good: generally good water quality
  • Sufficient: meets minimum standards
  • Poor: You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.


Our weather forecast for Penwith Peninsula in Cornwall

Today (Thursday, May 06)
Expect a temperature in the range 5.4℃ to 6.2℃ with a wind speed 0.7 m/sec (SE)
Friday, May 07
Expect a temperature in the range 3.2℃ to 6.3℃ with a wind speed 2.8 m/sec (NW)
Saturday, May 08
Expect a temperature in the range 9.8℃ to 12.3℃ with a wind speed 8.9 m/sec (SE)
Sunday, May 09
Expect a temperature in the range 10.4℃ to 12.1℃ with a wind speed 8.6 m/sec (SSW)
Monday, May 10
Expect a temperature in the range 9.2℃ to 9.7℃ with a wind speed 7.4 m/sec (SW)
Tuesday, May 11
Expect a temperature in the range 9.4℃ to 9.8℃ with a wind speed 9.8 m/sec (S)
Wednesday, May 12
Expect a temperature in the range 8.8℃ to 9.2℃ with a wind speed 5.1 m/sec (SW)

Weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK


Our tide forecast for Porthkidney Sands Beach in Cornwall.

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