Porthtowan Beach

Porthtowan beach is a large sandy beach popular with both surfers (good for beginners) and families. The beach is also backed by a small dune area, and as the tide goes out you have some rockpools to explore.

To the northeast of the bay, you have a concrete dam in the rocks creating a nice tidal rock pool although you need to be very cautious of the tides as you could be cut off.

At low tide, you can take a 15-minute walk along the beach to neighbour Chapel Porth, alternatively, lots of cliff-top walks. This walk takes you below the Towanroath engine house at Wheal Coates which is one of the iconic locations of this tin and copper mining county.

Facilities at the beach include a large car park, shop, wetsuits and board hire, cafe, pub, toilets and lifeguards in summer.

The name “Porthtowan” comes from the Cornish words “porth” meaning port or harbour and ‘tewyn” meaning dune.

Porthtowan Beach is a Blue Flag Beach & has a seaside award
Porthtowan Beach is a Blue Flag Beach and has been awarded a regional Seaside Award.

Dog Friendly Beach?

Porthtowan Beach has dog restrictions.
Porthtowan beach has seasonal dog restrictions not allowing dogs from 15th May to 30th September between 10 am - 6 pm

Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 216 beaches in Cornwall, or check our list of Cornwall Dog Friendly Beaches.

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Porthtowan 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.

7 Day Weather Forecast

Expect a temp in the range 5.7℃ to 7.5℃ with wind speed 11.5 m/sec (NNE)
Friday, Jan 27partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 2.3℃ to 4.4℃ with wind speed 5.6 m/sec (NE)
Saturday, Jan 28cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 3.7℃ to 4.3℃ with wind speed 3.9 m/sec (ESE)
Sunday, Jan 29cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 5.1℃ to 7.2℃ with wind speed 2.6 m/sec (SSW)
Monday, Jan 30lightrain
Expect a temp in the range 7.4℃ to 9.9℃ with wind speed 7.5 m/sec (WNW)
Tuesday, Jan 31cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 6.2℃ to 7.2℃ with wind speed 2.5 m/sec (NW)
Wednesday, Feb 01lightrain
Expect a temp in the range 8.8℃ to 9.4℃ with wind speed 5.4 m/sec (WSW)

St Agnes weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK

Porthtowan Beach Tide Times

Tide times are available at around 600 locations and the closest location to Porthtowan Beach is at Perranporth 9.60 km (5.97 miles) away. Tides are displayed beneath for up to 7 days and we list both high and low water times along with the height. These times are not adjusted for BST.

Thu 26 Jan
   Low Tide at 02:22 (Height 0.96m)
   High Tide at 08:24 (Height 7.04m)
   Low Tide at 14:51 (Height 0.99m)
   High Tide at 20:45 (Height 6.51m)
Fri 27 Jan
   Low Tide at 03:07 (Height 1.27m)
   High Tide at 09:09 (Height 6.66m)
   Low Tide at 15:35 (Height 1.39m)
   High Tide at 21:30 (Height 6.13m)
Sat 28 Jan
   Low Tide at 03:53 (Height 1.67m)
   High Tide at 09:56 (Height 6.22m)
   Low Tide at 16:24 (Height 1.83m)
   High Tide at 22:20 (Height 5.72m)
Sun 29 Jan
   Low Tide at 04:45 (Height 2.08m)
   High Tide at 10:51 (Height 5.76m)
   Low Tide at 17:19 (Height 2.23m)
   High Tide at 23:18 (Height 5.37m)
Mon 30 Jan
   Low Tide at 05:53 (Height 2.43m)
   High Tide at 11:55 (Height 5.39m)
   Low Tide at 18:29 (Height 2.51m)
Tue 31 Jan
   High Tide at 00:32 (Height 5.18m)
   Low Tide at 07:13 (Height 2.60m)
   High Tide at 13:10 (Height 5.22m)
   Low Tide at 19:47 (Height 2.56m)
Wed 01 Feb
   High Tide at 01:51 (Height 5.23m)
   Low Tide at 08:29 (Height 2.50m)
   High Tide at 14:25 (Height 5.32m)
   Low Tide at 20:53 (Height 2.39m)

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