Sitting in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, rich in history with an ever changing landscape, there is much to explore in this area of Cornwall.
Porthtowan is a coastal village on a rugged stretch of granite coastline offering beautiful beaches (Blue Flag), surfing, countryside and cliff top walks (Porth: beach, towan: dunes).
During the day
Porthtowan beach is a well regarded surfing destination that at low tide, also offers beautiful walks along a stunning coastline.
Travelling a short distance north will take you to the beaches of Chapel Porth, Trevaunce Cove (St. Agnes) and Perranporth, while heading further to the southwest, you will find Godrevy, Gwithan, The Towans and St Ives.
Popular for walking, cycling and horse riding, the Portreath to Devoran trail is an 11 mile route starting at Portreath on the north coast, heading through Wheal Rose, Todpool, passing through the beautiful
Bissoe Valley Nature Reserve and finally, finishing at Devoran on the south Cornwall coast.
Of course, you also have the Coastal Path with stunning walks taking in the rugged North Cornish Coast dotted with engine houses and offering a fascinating glimpse of Cornwall’s mining past.
The area has been designated a World Heritage mining area and disused engine houses can be seen around the country side, even clinging precariously to cliff faces.
If you follow some of the footpaths through the countryside, keep an eye out for the old mining tramways that transported the tin and copper ore from the mines to the harbours.
Eating, drinking & catering
Porthtowan offers a café, a Brasserie, a beach café and family friendly pub while surrounding villages offer a further selection of country pubs and restaurants.
For a wider choice try Truro, just a few minutes away by car and offering all that you would expect from the county town.
For grocery shopping you have a small but perfectly formed shop in many villages and the larger independents and supermarkets in Redruth and Truro.
The A30 is the main road passing within three miles of Porthtowan and linking Lands’ End through to Exeter, the M5 and A303. The nearest mainline station is close by in Truro.
The area is also well served with airfields (Perranporth and Newquay) for private or commercial flights.