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.

Planning your visit to Portreath Beach


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Place Categories: Beaches Seaside Award

Portreath Beach 7 Day Weather Forecast

Expect a temp in the range 15.4℃ to 16.3℃ with wind speed 16.5 m/sec (SW)
Thursday, Sep 28cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 14.8℃ to 15.2℃ with wind speed 12.2 m/sec (WSW)
Friday, Sep 29partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 14.5℃ to 15.5℃ with wind speed 2.6 m/sec (SSE)
Saturday, Sep 30partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 11.5℃ to 12.6℃ with wind speed 3.2 m/sec (SSW)
Sunday, Oct 01lightrain
Expect a temp in the range 15.9℃ to 17.3℃ with wind speed 7.5 m/sec (SSW)
Monday, Oct 02cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 13.9℃ to 14.8℃ with wind speed 1.1 m/sec (S)
Tuesday, Oct 03fair_night
Expect a temp in the range 14℃ to 15.1℃ with wind speed 6.8 m/sec (WNW)

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, helping you to plan the best time to visit Portreath Beach. These times are not adjusted for BST.

Wed 27 Sep
   High Tide at 03:11 (Height 6.23m)
   Low Tide at 09:33 (Height 1.44m)
   High Tide at 15:31 (Height 6.75m)
   Low Tide at 21:59 (Height 0.97m)
Thu 28 Sep
   High Tide at 03:59 (Height 6.76m)
   Low Tide at 10:18 (Height 0.95m)
   High Tide at 16:17 (Height 7.23m)
   Low Tide at 22:42 (Height 0.57m)
Fri 29 Sep
   High Tide at 04:40 (Height 7.14m)
   Low Tide at 10:59 (Height 0.60m)
   High Tide at 16:59 (Height 7.52m)
   Low Tide at 23:22 (Height 0.36m)
Sat 30 Sep
   High Tide at 05:21 (Height 7.33m)
   Low Tide at 11:38 (Height 0.45m)
   High Tide at 17:40 (Height 7.61m)
Sun 01 Oct
   Low Tide at 00:01 (Height 0.36m)
   High Tide at 06:00 (Height 7.34m)
   Low Tide at 12:19 (Height 0.49m)
   High Tide at 18:20 (Height 7.48m)
Mon 02 Oct
   Low Tide at 00:41 (Height 0.55m)
   High Tide at 06:39 (Height 7.17m)
   Low Tide at 12:58 (Height 0.73m)
   High Tide at 19:00 (Height 7.18m)
Tue 03 Oct
   Low Tide at 01:19 (Height 0.91m)
   High Tide at 07:17 (Height 6.86m)
   Low Tide at 13:37 (Height 1.12m)
   High Tide at 19:38 (Height 6.73m)

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

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