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.