Looking down on the rocky cove of Porthgwarra beach in Cornwall
Looking down on the rocky cove of Porthgwarra beach in Cornwall

Cornwall - Porthgwarra Beach

A secluded beach with less crowds

Although this beach has become better known thanks to the TV series, Poldark, it's still a relatively secluded spot and tends to attract less crowds than the bigger beaches in this part of Cornwall.

Porthgwarra Beach is a small, sandy beach nestling in a secluded cove on the Penwith peninsula in west Cornwall. Much of the beach, which is south-facing, is reclaimed by the sea at high tides. At low tides there are rock pools, and two man-made tunnels which run through the cliffs to explore - but be careful of the tides. Plus, as it’s less well known than other nearby beaches, it doesn’t see the crowds of the other popular beaches.

There's a small car park, toilets, café and shop by the beach and access to the beach itself is via a steep slipway from the car park, or through a tunnel cut through rock. The tunnel beyond the slipway is the safest route to the Porthgwarra beach as there's a rope to hold onto inside to help you navigate the steep and slippy pathway.

There's no lifeguard presence here, but surf rescue equipment is provided. There is a seasonal dog ban at Porthgwarra between May and September during the hours of 8am – 7pm.