Porthleven is a legend of a surf spot in Cornwall, and it’s one of the most challenging places to take on the waves. Be warned that this is one for the adrenalin seekers amongst you, and many even claim that it has the UK’s best right hand break. On a clean day the break crashes its way over a shallow flat rock ledge at lightning speed producing the ideal tubing wave. Again, while it’s great fun to sit on the harbour wall and watch the brave tackle these waves – they’re not for the fainthearted or the inexperienced.
You’ll find Porthleven Beach just over half an hour’s drive from Penzance, and the sand and shingle roll on for three miles. We could say that any of the beaches in West Cornwall are gorgeous and be telling the truth, but as this one’s right in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty it deserves a special mention for its unspoilt views. Submerged rocks at Porthleven make it one of the riskiest places to surf in Cornwall (unless you’re extremely experienced and after a challenge) and swimming is discouraged for the same reason.
You’ll need to walk down the slipway and some steps to reach the beach, so it’s not the best choice for wheelchair users of those with pushchairs, and there’s a seasonal dog ban on the western end of the beach (closest to the town). If you’re walking West Cornwall you’ll find Porthleven Beach is a great starting point for a hike too, as it’s right on the South West Coast Path.