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Porthcothan Bay  



Porthcothan Bay is a very special sandy beach that is popular with tourists and surfers, local surf schools sometimes use the beach for tuition. At low tide, the beach opens out into a wide expanse of sand with amazing rock formations and caves, backed by grassy dunes favoured by families and sunbather alike.


Porthcothan Bay has lifeguards during the summer months that patrol each and everyday, from morning till dusk, so you can feel very safe if you fancy a swim. Please be sure to observe the flags, and the beach safety code.


In January 2014, storm Anne reduced a local arch, Jan Leverton's Rock, to rubble.

Nearby Beaches


Fox Cove (0.6m)


Treyarnon Bay (0.8m)


Constantine Bay (1.1m)


Pentire Steps Beach (1.1m)


Bedruthan Steps Beach (1.3m)


Mother Ivey's Bay (1.7m)


Mawgan Porth Beach (1.9m)


Harlyn Bay (2.3m)


Beach Specifics


Beach Type Parking Facilities


Car Park on other side of the road.

Lifeguard Service Facilities

RNLI Lifeguard cover from May to October.

Shop and Toilets in Car Park.

Dog Friendly ? Disabled Access

Dogs allowed all year round.

Access to beach, toilets. 

OS Grid Reference - SW 85750 72032

X (Easting) : Y (Northing) - 185750 : 072032

Postcode (nearest) PL28 8PW

Grid Reference (6 figure) - SW857720

Latitude : Longitude : 50.508787 : -5.0230587



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