Not to be confused with Chapel Porth on the north coast of Cornwall near St. Agnes, Porth Chapel is a south facing beach and cove of fine golden sand. In an attractive setting between granite headlands, the beach lies just west of the Minack Theatre, at Porthcurno.
The beach lies off the beaten track, about four and a half miles southeast of Land's End along the coast path and can become quite busy in high season despite not being that well known to the general tourist. Porth Chapel, sometimes written Porthchapel, is best accessed via the coast path from the car parks in Porthcurno, a very pleasurable walk in fine weather, passing through Porthgwarra en route. It is also possible to park beside St. Levan church and walk the half mile or so down to the coast.
Access to the beach is relatively difficult as it involves a scramble down from a narrow cliff path and should only be undertaken by the fittest beachgoer.
There is a seasonal dog ban at Porth Chapel from Easter to October and there are no facilities or lifeguard cover.
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Sandy beach
✔ Interesting geology
✘ Seasonal dog ban
✔ Rescue equipment
OS Explorer Map 102: Land's End
This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
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