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 also some shipbuilding.
At low tide, this 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 beaches on this stretch of coast but you can get a powerful wave alongside the harbour wall. What it is is a great safe family beach very popular for bodyboarding and at low tide you can get some good rock pools to explore by harbour wall.
Facilities at the beach include car parking, toilets, ramp access, seasonal lifeguards, beach cafe, pubs, shops including surf hire and the Portreath Surf Life Saving Club.
Portreath Beach is a Blue Flag Beach.
Portreath beach does not allow dogs during the day between Easter and October.
- 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 Portreath in Cornwall
Today (Thursday, Feb 25)
Expect a temperature in the range 7.3℃ to 7.8℃ with a wind speed 4.4 m/sec (WNW)
Friday, Feb 26
Expect a temperature in the range 6.3℃ to 7.7℃ with a wind speed 3.2 m/sec (WNW)
Saturday, Feb 27
Expect a temperature in the range 3.9℃ to 6.3℃ with a wind speed 0.6 m/sec (S)
Sunday, Feb 28
Expect a temperature in the range 4.3℃ to 4.9℃ with a wind speed 2.4 m/sec (ENE)
Monday, Mar 01
Expect a temperature in the range 5.5℃ to 7.4℃ with a wind speed 5.9 m/sec (E)
Tuesday, Mar 02
Expect a temperature in the range 7.3℃ to 8.3℃ with a wind speed 7 m/sec (ESE)
Wednesday, Mar 03
Expect a temperature in the range 7.5℃ to 8.8℃ with a wind speed 2.1 m/sec (S)
Weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK
Our tide forecast for Portreath Beach in Cornwall.
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