Sometimes written Porth Gwidden, Porthgwidden Beach lies on the North Coast of Cornwall in the picturesque town of St. Ives. The smallest of St. Ives' beaches, the name Porthgwidden comes from the Cornish Porth-Gwin or Gwidden meaning White Cove. The beach of fine golden sand faces northeast and is sheltered to the northwest by St. Ives Head, more commonly known as St. Ives Island, and to the southeast by Carn Crows.
The beach has all the usual amenities including a small café selling everything from ice creams to coffees and teas. Porthgwidden is quite popular during the Summer due to its proximity to a good sized car park and the town in general. Close by lie the surfing beaches of Porthmeor to the east and Bamalûz to the south. Porthminster, arguably the main beach of St. Ives is just a short stroll southwest through the town.
Points of interest near Porthgwidden include St Nicholas' Chapel atop St. Ives Island; St. Ives Museum overlooking Bamalûz Beach; The Art galleries of The Digey and the house where local artist Alfred Wallis (1855-1942) lived as well as the Tate St. Ives gallery, overlooking Porthmeor. The Dame Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975) Sculpture Garden and Museum are located just above the Tate on Barnoon Hill.
Due to its shape, the majority of hotels, galleries, restaurants, shops and inns are all within easy reach using the myriad of alleyways and cut-throughs back to St. Ives town centre.
St. Ives is served by good transport links with the main bus station at the Malakoff, near Pedn Olva and the train station sited centrally just above Porthminster Beach.
✔ Flora and Fauna
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✔ Family friendly
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✘ Seasonal dog ban
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:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
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