Cornish beach

Porthcothan Beach

Located in the ‘Seven Bays’ – Porthcothan beach is a 10 minute walk away from us or a 5 minute bus ride down the hill. It is a north west-facing cove backed by grassy dunes popular for sunbathing and a favourite with families. The sandy beach opens out at low tide, connecting up with small coves to the north and south and at high tide the beach becomes very sheltered from swell and winds due to the cliffs. Swimming and board sports are on offer in a sheltered sea. The coast path gives wonderful views to both the north and the south as well as displaying a variety of wildlife. Parking, shops and toilet facilities are close by with beach level access. This pristine beach is often crowd-free and a haven for swimmers and bodyboarders, but its starring role as Nampara Cove in BBC’s Poldark series has – understandably – put its beauty in the spotlight.

Porthcothan Beach
Porthcothan Beach

Lifeguard cover from the 19th May until the 30th September. You are advised to always check beach conditions before your visit and always follow the lifeguards’ advice whilst on the beach. Current beach conditions and lifeguard cover can be checked on  https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeguarded-beaches/porthcothan-beach

Dog friendly beach
Cornish Tea

Porthcothan is a dog friendly beach, with no seasonal dog ban. It also houses a fantastic takeaway coffee and lunch stop – Porthcothan Bay Stores. Run by Barney and Emma you’ll not find a friendlier welcome around and a great place to get some food and drink locally.

Fish n Chips

Areas of Interest

Bus Guide

The A5 Bus runs from Padstow to Newquay passing through St Merryn, Watergate Bay and Treburrick. You can view the current bus timetables below:

Monday to Friday (Except Public Holidays)

Sundays and Public Holidays

Our Top “Book before you come!”

Things are always a little busy in Cornwall especially in the school holidays so below are top picks for things to prebook before you arrive…

Where to eat

Where to Eat

Where to Visit

Where to Visit

Where to eat

Where for Fun



Tide Times & Heights for Padstow on
19th February 2024
00:45 - High Tide ( 5.49m )
07:37 - Low Tide ( 2.73m )
13:36 - High Tide ( 5.47m )
20:15 - Low Tide ( 2.72m )