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Porthcothan beach, Cornwall

Porthcothan is a northwest facing sandy beach located just off the B3276 southwest of Padstow. The beach is set in a cleft in the rocks just north of Park Head and Bedruthan Steps and just over a mile south of Treyarnon Bay.

The beach is quite sheltered and is popular with locals and visitors staying at the nearby Carnevas Holiday Park. This area of North Cornwall offers fine walks along the South West Coast Path north towards Treyarnon, Constantine Bay and Booby's Bay. Further along the coast path around Trevose Head, lie Mother Ivey's Bay, Harlyn Bay and Trevone as you head east towards Padstow. In the other direction lie the picturesque sea stacks and beach at Bedruthan Steps followed by Mawgan Porth and Watergate Bay, each beach with its own distinct attraction.

The beach extends quite a way inland at low tide and there are a number of coves and gullies to explore.


 Cafe, shop or pub

 Dogs permitted

 Easily accessible

 Family friendly

 Lifeguard in summer


 Rescue equipment

 Good Surfing



OS Explorer Map 106: Newquay & Padstow

OS Explorer Map 106: Newquay & Padstow

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.

Local area

Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Padstow, Watergate Bay, Polzeath and St Columb Major.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:



arrowSt Columb Major




Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:


	arrowSt Columb Major

	arrowWatergate Bay



Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Padstow, Newquay, Wadebridge and Bodmin Moor.

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