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.
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Porthtowan Beach Photos
Porthtowan Beach Water Quality
- 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 15.8℃ to 17.9℃ with wind speed 5.6 m/sec (SSW)
Expect a temp in the range 16.3℃ to 16.7℃ with wind speed 8.7 m/sec (SSW)
Expect a temp in the range 13℃ to 13.5℃ with wind speed 5.6 m/sec (WNW)
Expect a temp in the range 13.6℃ to 14.1℃ with wind speed 4.6 m/sec (SW)
Expect a temp in the range 12.1℃ to 12.9℃ with wind speed 5.2 m/sec (WNW)
Expect a temp in the range 11℃ to 12.8℃ with wind speed 3 m/sec (SSE)
Expect a temp in the range 15℃ to 16℃ with wind speed 5.8 m/sec (SSW)
St Agnes weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK
Porthtowan Beach Tide Times
Tide times are available at around 600 locations and the closest location to Porthtowan Beach is at Perranporth 9.60 km (5.97 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.
Low Tide at 05:27 (Height 2.72m)
High Tide at 11:42 (Height 5.34m)
Low Tide at 18:35 (Height 2.53m)
High Tide at 00:35 (Height 5.22m)
Low Tide at 07:20 (Height 2.56m)
High Tide at 13:19 (Height 5.60m)
Low Tide at 20:02 (Height 2.14m)
High Tide at 02:04 (Height 5.62m)
Low Tide at 08:33 (Height 2.08m)
High Tide at 14:30 (Height 6.13m)
Low Tide at 21:03 (Height 1.61m)
High Tide at 03:03 (Height 6.16m)
Low Tide at 09:26 (Height 1.55m)
High Tide at 15:23 (Height 6.65m)
Low Tide at 21:51 (Height 1.14m)
High Tide at 03:50 (Height 6.61m)
Low Tide at 10:09 (Height 1.13m)
High Tide at 16:07 (Height 7.04m)
Low Tide at 22:32 (Height 0.83m)
High Tide at 04:30 (Height 6.92m)
Low Tide at 10:48 (Height 0.86m)
High Tide at 16:46 (Height 7.25m)
Low Tide at 23:08 (Height 0.69m)
High Tide at 05:07 (Height 7.07m)
Low Tide at 11:23 (Height 0.76m)
High Tide at 17:23 (Height 7.29m)
Low Tide at 23:41 (Height 0.70m)
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