Portreath beach lies on the North Cornwall coast about 3 miles north of the twin towns of Camborne and Redruth. Very popular with locals and visitors alike, the beach once fine golden sand has, over the years, grown a little coarser under the toes.
Northwest facing, the beach offers swimming and surfing under the right conditions, and can sometimes be pummelled by Atlantic storms.
A former working port the beach is now almost exclusively used for leisure purposes. The is a reasonable sized car park and seasonal café behind the beach. The name of this beach may have derived from the Cornish 'Porth Treth' meaning 'Sandy Cove' or 'Beach Cove'.
Portreath lies within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and is the starting point for the Mineral Tramways Coast to Coast Trail, a long distance footpath and cycling route to Devoran on the south coast, a distance of about 11 miles (17 km).
The Trail follows the line of two transport routes: The Portreath Tramroad and the Redruth and Chasewater Railway. The Coast to Coast Trail provides the unique opportunity to literally walk or cycle across Cornwall in one day, from one coast to the other. It is also an excellent way of exploring Cornwall's industrial heritage.
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Family friendly
✔ Lifeguard in summer
✘ Seasonal dog ban
✔ Rescue equipment
✔ Good Surfing
OS Explorer Map 104: Redruth & St Agnes
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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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