Porthtowan Beach

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 & has a seaside award
Porthtowan Beach is a Blue Flag Beach and has been awarded a regional Seaside Award.
Porthtowan Beach has dog restrictions.
Porthtowan beach has seasonal dog restrictions not allowing dogs from 15th May to 30th September between 10 am - 6 pm

Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 5 beaches at St Agnes, 216 beaches in Cornwall, or check our list of Cornwall Dog Friendly Beaches.

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Porthtowan Beach 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.

7 Day Weather Forecast

Expect a temp in the range 15.8℃ to 17.9℃ with wind speed 5.6 m/sec (SSW)
Wednesday, Oct 05
Expect a temp in the range 16.3℃ to 16.7℃ with wind speed 8.7 m/sec (SSW)
Thursday, Oct 06
Expect a temp in the range 13℃ to 13.5℃ with wind speed 5.6 m/sec (WNW)
Friday, Oct 07
Expect a temp in the range 13.6℃ to 14.1℃ with wind speed 4.6 m/sec (SW)
Saturday, Oct 08
Expect a temp in the range 12.1℃ to 12.9℃ with wind speed 5.2 m/sec (WNW)
Sunday, Oct 09
Expect a temp in the range 11℃ to 12.8℃ with wind speed 3 m/sec (SSE)
Monday, Oct 10
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.

Tue 04 Oct
   Low Tide at 05:27 (Height 2.72m)
   High Tide at 11:42 (Height 5.34m)
   Low Tide at 18:35 (Height 2.53m)
Wed 05 Oct
   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)
Thu 06 Oct
   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)
Fri 07 Oct
   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)
Sat 08 Oct
   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)
Sun 09 Oct
   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)
Mon 10 Oct
   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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