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Area Overview

Porthtowan is a small coastal village nestled between St Agnes and St Ives in North Cornwall. It lies within Cornwall’s World Heritage Mining Area, whilst the sheltered valleys and surrounding broad-leaved woodlands support a large variety of wildlife. Porthtowan is perhaps most popular for its award-winning beach which, for its exceptional cleanliness and quality, has been awarded Blue Flag status. It has also won the best Category-A Bathing Beach, the UK’s highest accolade for beaches with clean water coupled with additional facilities, toilets and car parking. Porthtowan is also a good base of which to explore the region of North Cornwall, with the popular seaside town of St Ives just a 30 minute drive away.

Things To Do in Porthtowan

  • Surfing: This is one of the most popular pastimes in Porthtowan with both locals and visitors, and surfing boards and clothes, as well as surfing tuition, are all available at the beach.
  • Coast to coast cycle trail: There is an 11 mile cycle path running from Portreath to Devoran. Bicycles and equipment, to accommodate all ages, are available to hire locally.
  • Kayaking: Adventure tours available to spot grey seals and explore sea caves and secluded beaches.
  • Walking: Guided walks available with tour operators as well as a number of coastal footpaths on the cliffs above the beach, which head west to Portreath and east to St Agnes, offering spectacular views of the coastline.
  • Porthtowan Beach: Sandy beach patrolled by RNLI lifeguards during peak season.
  • Golf: West Cornwall Golf Club (St Ives).
  • Tate Gallery St. Ives: Discover the works of abstract artist, and former St Ives resident, Ben Nicholson. Just a 10 minute walk away is the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden.

When to go to Porthtowan

Like the majority of Cornwall, Porthtowan is most frequented between May and September when the English weather tends to be at its warmest. It is especially popular in July and August when it is the UK school holidays, with temperatures reaching 30°C.

Annual festivals and events in the area include St Ives May Day, St Ives Literature Festival, St Ives Camra Beer Festival and the September Festival, the latter of which includes a variety of live music, performances and exhibitions.

Useful Facts

  • Nearest Airports: Newquay airport (25miles).
  • Local Transport: Hopleys coaches and First Devon and Cornwall bus services perate in the local area.
  • Currency: GBP
  • Language: English
  • Religion: Christianity

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