Porthtowan is a small village situated on Cornwall's North Atlantic coast. In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty it is no surprise it is a popular summer destination amongst visitors but not to the effect that it gets too crowded, it is secluded enough that you can escape to relax and rewind. Positioned in a narrow winding valley bordered by rugged granite cliffs which provide some shelter in addition to offering some fabulous views up the coast.
The area has a wealth of history and heritage associated with mining and former mine stacks and engine houses dot the landscape, as well as evidence of the old mining tramways network. The most notable being The iconic Wheal Towan copper mine which is still evident today along with a number of ruined buildings. There is an information board providing a brief history and information on the local wildlife. Towan Roath engine house is positioned on the cliffs overlooking the beach to the north of Porthtowan. Today the tramways have been converted into cycle-paths and footpaths providing some stunning views out to sea. You can hire a bike and enjoy the coast-to-coast trails.
Home to a Blue Flag award-winning beach and one of Cornwall's most popular surfing beaches owing to its powerful hollow waves, although not necessarily suitable for beginners owing to the strong swells and currents. It holds a number of surfing championships here each year. If you fancy a spot of surfing or body boarding there is the option to rent gear and have lessons at one of the schools located here.
The beach has soft golden sands and is enclosed by large dunes and rugged cliffs which, provide shelter. There is a childrens play area at the top end of the beach. At low tide you can walk from the beach here to another equally beautiful beach at Chapel Porth, nearly 1.5 miles (2.41 kilometres). When the tide is out there are large expanses of sand making it ideal for games like rounders or cricket. The Blue Bar beachside restaurant practically sits on the beach and is an ideal spot for refreshments with plenty of outdoor seating here you can watch the waves or enjoy a sun set.
There is a tidal pool hidden in the cliffs, it fills up with fresh sea water each high tide and you can take a dip here. It is a wee-hidden treasure and not evident to the passer-by. Access is via the cliff path so take care getting there and whilst there watch for the tide coming in.
Or simply take along a bucket and spade and let your creative side out when it comes to sandcastle designs. Being a natural sun trap it is a great spot to sunbathe.
An ideal destination to get out and about and enjoy outdoor pursuits.
There are some lovely walks along the cliffs towards Portreath and Chapel Porth and St. Agnes. You can hire a bike and enjoy the coast-to-coast trails. Trekking is also popular in the area and there are ponies suitable for all ages and abilities. If it is your first time it is a great experience and a wonderful way to see the Cornish countryside.
There are amazing coastal views but inland offers a different perspective with wild countryside of moorland, heathers and gorse, and wildlife waiting to be explored.
Although small in size there is a good selection of eateries available when hunger strikes, serving up delicious fresh local food. You will get great food, drinks, atmosphere and views. On certain nights of the week music, quiz nights and events take place. There are also take out options so you can enjoy your food on the beach.