The village of Porthallow lies about two miles north east of St. Keverne on the east coast of the Lizard Peninsula. Formerly a busy pilchard fishing cove, and populated by workers from the local quarries, Porthallow still retains a small fishing fleet and is popular with visitors who admire its unspoilt and uncommercialised character.
Known locally as Pr'alla, Porthallow Cove has an east-facing beach consisting of of grey pebbles and is flat enough to drive vehicles onto its rear with care. The back of the beach is also used by local fishermen to lay their small boats up when not in use.
The thatched cottages and brightly coloured boats make the cove quite photogenic in season, but the cove is very much a working beach rather than a sandy spot for sun-worshippers. It is however a fine place to stop whilst walking the Cornish coast path north from Lizard Point and Coverack or south from Manaccan and the Helford River.
Porthallow is often visited by geologists keen to explore the geological boundary fault line here that separates The Lizard from the rest of Cornwall.
Refreshments are available at the Beach Cafe and at the Five Pilchards Inn, just behind the beach. Dogs are permitted on the beach all year round.
There is also a thriving Village Association acting as Trustees for the Cove and village as a whole.
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Dogs permitted
✔ Rescue equipment
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