Porthtowan beach, St Agnes, Cornwall
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    Porthtowan Beach Information

    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 top explore.

    At low tide you can take a 15-minute walk along the beach to neighbouring 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 and has been awarded a regional Seaside Award.

    Porthtowan Beach has dog restrictions. Porthtowan beach does not allow dogs Easter to October.

    Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 5 beaches around St Agnes, 215 beaches in Cornwall, or check our list of Cornwall Dog Friendly Beaches.

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  • Water Quality


    Beach Bathing 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.
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    7-day Weather Forecast


    No precipitation throughout the week, with high temperatures falling to 10°C on Wednesday.

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    Friday, Nov 16th
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    Saturday, Nov 17th
     Partly cloudy throughout the day.
     
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    Sunday, Nov 18th
     Partly cloudy until afternoon and windy starting in the evening.
     
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    Monday, Nov 19th
     Windy throughout the day and mostly cloudy starting in the afternoon.
     
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    Tuesday, Nov 20th
     Mostly cloudy in the morning and windy until afternoon.
     
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    Wednesday, Nov 21st
     Clear throughout the day.
     
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    Thursday, Nov 22nd
     Partly cloudy starting in the afternoon, continuing until evening.
     
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