If you can’t wait to blow the cobwebs away and fill your lungs with intoxicating doses of sea air, Porthcothan Beach is the place to go. Only 5 miles away from Padstow, Porthcothan is one of Padstow’s year-round dog-friendly beaches and is also lifeguarded in the summer, making it the ideal place to go for beach-lovers of all ages, two-legged or tufty-pawed.
Tucked away between Newquay and Padstow, the sandy north west-facing Porthcothan Beach is a diamond in the rough, backed by grassy dunes and met by the rolling Atlantic. Popular amongst families but not as busy as someone of its neighbours, its lustrous shores beckon for waterside games of frisbee and refreshing dunks in the sea, overlooked by the protective eye of RNLI lifeguards.
Regularly checked by DEFRA, a high tide swim is all but irresistible in summer in the clean, clear waters, while at low tide the sea recedes to reveal its sandy underbelly and connect with neighbouring coves. If you are learning to surf, you may well find this beach a tempting proposition too. While it lacks the promise of consistent surf, the waves tend to be smaller and more forgiving – great for beginners.
If you have little ones in tow, you will also enjoy the presence of a great local store, pub, parking and toilet facilities all in walking distance of the beach. Bundle up a picnic basket and blankets and pop along to the village shop to stock up in sweet treats to reward yourself with after a hard day’s sunbathing or swimming in the sea. After a blustery winter walk along the shore, nothing will beat heading to the local dog-friendly pub, Tredrea Inn, to warm by the log fire!
Should you fancy stretching your legs a little further, you can join up with the South West Coast Path from the beach. Head north or south and enjoy breath-taking views all the way, keeping your eyes peeled for seas playing in the sea below. A particularly worthwhile destination, the Bedruthan Steps (the steppingstones of the infamous giant Bedruthan) are only around 1 mile away along the path and definitely worth seeing.