Smugglers and Western Coves Beach

Smuggler’s Cove and Western Cove are sandy beaches with rocks. Good views from the coast path but no access down to the beach. At mid to low tide you can access the cove from Portreath beach either by walking around the headland, through a small tunnel or by canoe, although you need to be aware of the tides as you could be cut off.

The collapsed sea cave is known as Ralph’s Cupboard where openings in the rock were used to store contraband, hence the name Smuggler’s cove. The most famous smuggler being Ralph, hence Ralph’s Cupboard.

Facilities are within the town of Portreath the other side of Western Hill.

We have no current information on dog restrictions for Smugglers and Western Coves Beach.

Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 3 beaches at Portreath, 216 beaches in Cornwall, or check our list of Cornwall Dog Friendly Beaches.

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7 Day Weather Forecast

Expect a temp in the range 15.4℃ to 16.5℃ with wind speed 10.9 m/sec (WSW)
Saturday, Oct 01
Expect a temp in the range 14.8℃ to 15.2℃ with wind speed 8.9 m/sec (W)
Sunday, Oct 02
Expect a temp in the range 14.9℃ to 16.8℃ with wind speed 2.9 m/sec (SSW)
Monday, Oct 03
Expect a temp in the range 10.6℃ to 12.3℃ with wind speed 1.1 m/sec (ENE)
Tuesday, Oct 04
Expect a temp in the range 14.3℃ to 15.1℃ with wind speed 3.7 m/sec (SSW)
Wednesday, Oct 05
Expect a temp in the range 14.1℃ to 16.4℃ with wind speed 6 m/sec (SW)
Thursday, Oct 06
Expect a temp in the range 13.8℃ to 14.7℃ with wind speed 5.3 m/sec (WNW)

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

Smugglers and Western Coves Beach Tide Times

Tide times are available at around 600 locations and the closest location to Smugglers and Western Coves Beach is at St. Ives 13.66 km (8.49 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.

Fri 30 Sep
   Low Tide at 01:35 (Height 1.17m)
   High Tide at 07:26 (Height 6.36m)
   Low Tide at 13:52 (Height 1.29m)
   High Tide at 19:46 (Height 6.28m)
Sat 01 Oct
   Low Tide at 02:14 (Height 1.49m)
   High Tide at 08:08 (Height 6.04m)
   Low Tide at 14:36 (Height 1.63m)
   High Tide at 20:31 (Height 5.87m)
Sun 02 Oct
   Low Tide at 02:58 (Height 1.89m)
   High Tide at 08:58 (Height 5.64m)
   Low Tide at 15:29 (Height 2.03m)
   High Tide at 21:29 (Height 5.38m)
Mon 03 Oct
   Low Tide at 03:57 (Height 2.31m)
   High Tide at 10:09 (Height 5.23m)
   Low Tide at 16:48 (Height 2.39m)
   High Tide at 22:56 (Height 4.96m)
Tue 04 Oct
   Low Tide at 05:37 (Height 2.60m)
   High Tide at 11:51 (Height 5.04m)
   Low Tide at 18:45 (Height 2.43m)
Wed 05 Oct
   High Tide at 00:44 (Height 4.92m)
   Low Tide at 07:29 (Height 2.46m)
   High Tide at 13:26 (Height 5.30m)
   Low Tide at 20:10 (Height 2.06m)
Thu 06 Oct
   High Tide at 02:09 (Height 5.32m)
   Low Tide at 08:41 (Height 2.00m)
   High Tide at 14:34 (Height 5.83m)
   Low Tide at 21:11 (Height 1.56m)

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