Portreath Beach

Portreath beach is a gently shelving sandy beach on Cornwall’s north coast. The bay has high cliffs on either side, along with a small working harbour. The name Portreath means “sandy cove” and Portreath harbour is steeped in history as it exported copper and imported coal to support the Cornish copper mines and included some shipbuilding.

The beach at low tide is a large flat sandy beach but when the tide comes in the beach is split into two with a small cove to the west and the main area in front of the car park.

You will not see so many surfers as on some other Cornish beaches, but you can get a powerful wave alongside the harbour wall. The beach is a great safe family beach very popular for bodyboarding and at low tide, you can get some good rock pools to explore besides the harbour wall.

You can also find some low-tide tidal pools. The largest is to the east beside the harbour wall, but on the west side of the beach, you should search for the six small baths cut into the rocks, created in the 19th Century for Lady Frances Bassett.

Facilities at Portreath beach include car parking, toilets, ramp access, seasonal lifeguards, a beach cafe, pubs, and shops, including surf hire and the Portreath Surf Life Saving Club.

Portreath Beach has been awarded a regional Seaside Award.

Dog Friendly Beach?

Portreath Beach has dog restrictions.
Portreath beach has seasonal dog restrictions not allowing dogs from 1st July to 31st August 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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Place Categories: Beaches Seaside Award

Portreath 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 8.8℃ to 9.3℃ with wind speed 7.3 m/sec (NNE)
Friday, Feb 10partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 2.5℃ to 3.8℃ with wind speed 1.8 m/sec (SSW)
Saturday, Feb 11cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 9.3℃ to 9.8℃ with wind speed 3.2 m/sec (W)
Sunday, Feb 12cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 8.5℃ to 9℃ with wind speed 4.6 m/sec (SE)
Monday, Feb 13partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 7.6℃ to 8.3℃ with wind speed 6.4 m/sec (SE)
Tuesday, Feb 14cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 7.1℃ to 8.1℃ with wind speed 3.3 m/sec (SE)
Wednesday, Feb 15cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 7.4℃ to 7.9℃ with wind speed 5 m/sec (ESE)

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

Portreath Beach Tide Times

Tide times are available at around 600 locations and the closest location to Portreath Beach is at Perranporth 14.18 km (8.81 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 09 Feb
   Low Tide at 01:09 (Height 1.22m)
   High Tide at 07:12 (Height 6.59m)
   Low Tide at 13:31 (Height 1.26m)
   High Tide at 19:29 (Height 6.37m)
Fri 10 Feb
   Low Tide at 01:41 (Height 1.30m)
   High Tide at 07:43 (Height 6.50m)
   Low Tide at 14:04 (Height 1.38m)
   High Tide at 20:01 (Height 6.24m)
Sat 11 Feb
   Low Tide at 02:14 (Height 1.46m)
   High Tide at 08:15 (Height 6.34m)
   Low Tide at 14:36 (Height 1.58m)
   High Tide at 20:35 (Height 6.05m)
Sun 12 Feb
   Low Tide at 02:50 (Height 1.69m)
   High Tide at 08:52 (Height 6.11m)
   Low Tide at 15:13 (Height 1.83m)
   High Tide at 21:14 (Height 5.80m)
Mon 13 Feb
   Low Tide at 03:31 (Height 1.97m)
   High Tide at 09:36 (Height 5.83m)
   Low Tide at 15:58 (Height 2.12m)
   High Tide at 22:04 (Height 5.52m)
Tue 14 Feb
   Low Tide at 04:25 (Height 2.26m)
   High Tide at 10:34 (Height 5.51m)
   Low Tide at 17:01 (Height 2.40m)
   High Tide at 23:14 (Height 5.29m)
Wed 15 Feb
   Low Tide at 05:46 (Height 2.48m)
   High Tide at 11:56 (Height 5.29m)
   Low Tide at 18:38 (Height 2.53m)

Contains ADMIRALTY® tidal data: © Crown Copyright and database right.

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