I love the North Cornwall coast, it’s rugged and beautiful with some of the best beaches the UK has to offer. Whenever we stay in the area, which is fairly often, we always end up searching for a hidden treasure to enjoy. Some of the better known beaches in the area can get pretty busy especially during the school holiday periods so we often set off along the coast in search of as much peace a quite as you can enjoy with young children.
One such foray saw us stumble upon Porthtowan beach which we first glimpsed from on our drive southwards along the coast road. I’d never been to Porthtowan before but like intrepid adventurers we needed to find out if this could be the place we were searching for. Within minutes of turning off we found ourselves parked up next to the Blue Flag RNLI patrolled beach and feeling pretty optimistic.
A quick wander to the beach side and we were sold, a lovely sandy cove which wasn’t overrun with fellow holiday makers. What’s more, there's a café and pub right at the beach side which would keep us fed and watered throughout the day. A few hours of sandcastle building and messing around in the sea later and went for a walk to explore the surrounding area. At low tide the beach becomes a much larger proposition and you can walk to the next cove and have a bit of an explore generally.
Porthtowan itself is a small village that has a few shops and eateries, and there's a play park near the beach. For the more energetic, the coastal path offers a great walk and some breathtaking views with the iconic Towan Roath engine house a notable landmark on the horizon.
We've found many beaches and coves to enjoy along the North Cornwall coast,and Porthtowan is right up there amongst our favorites.The beach is patrolled by RNLI lifeguards seasonally.