15 minutes walk from Chapel Porth Beach, Porthtowan is a stunner. It belongs to the St Agnes designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and this one's all about sweeping cliffs, crashing waves and wide sandy beaches. By far one of the most beautiful St Agnes beaches, Porthtowan is hugely popular with holidaymakers and those seeking the surf, especially during the summer.
The sandy beach is sheltered by cliffs, and there are some great walks along the South West Coast Path in either direction if you feel like stretching your legs. If you head east from the beach you'll end up in the whitewashed village of St Agnes, and to the west you'll find yourself in Portreath. It’s possible to walk to Chapel Porth when the tide goes out, but check the tide times before trying this.
There's a seasonal dog ban at the beach, so if you're planning a wander along the sand with your best friend you'll need to wait until the summer's over - but the scenery looks just as pretty in winter anyway. There's a spacious car park close to the beach for those who prefer to drive than make their way on foot, and lifeguards keep an eye on beachgoers during high season.