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Porth­leven Sands

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Our new favourite beach sits hid­den around the cor­ner of the won­der­ful Porth­leven Har­bour – a high­light along the South West Coast Path.

Here you’ll find three glo­ri­ous miles of sand and steeply shelv­ing shin­gle, stretch­ing (when the tide is out) past Loe Bar and the Pen­rose Es­tate. Porth­leven beach is next to the gran­ite pier of the har­bour and ac­cessed from the vil­lage it­self.

This is a grown up beach – there are strong un­der­cur­rents here that make it un­suit­able for bathing, but there are life­guards 7 July–2 Septem­ber if you fancy a pad­dle. There’s a sea­sonal dog ban is in place here but dogs are wel­come on this beach af­ter 30 Septem­ber.

If you are a watcher or a walker, beaches don’t come much bet­ter than this. Find your­self a spot on the flight of steps

(known as the Blue Buoy steps) with a cof­fee from the many great cafés in the har­bour (we love the cof­fee and cakes from No. 12). Or walk off a hearty din­ner from the var­ied eater­ies on of­fer in the foodie cap­i­tal of Porth­leven Har­bour. Choose be­tween Rick Stein Porth­leven, Amélies and Kota – which serves up award-win­ning food from chef-owner Jude Kereama fea­tured in Great Bri­tish Menu. There’s also a great ice cream par­lour – our one re­quest is to ex­tend their open hours into the early evening to com­bine an out­door pud­ding with a Cor­nish passeg­giata.

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