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Porthpean Beach

Mevagissey South Cornwall
Porthpean Beach in south Cornwall, is located at the bottom of a steep lane just a mile or so from the harbour village of Charlestown, near St Austell. It's a peaceful sheltered cove, with a sandy beach and crystal clear waters which are lovely to paddle in. Facing south east into St Austell Bay, Porthpean is a sun trap and a great spot for snorkelling and kayaking, with the waters here usually being so calm and clear. 

Porthpean can get busy in the height of the season, as it's not the largest of beaches, it also has toilet facilities and a shop/cafe on the beach as well as being a safe bathing environment, making it popular with families, although please note that there is no lifeguard cover at Porthpean beach. There are often rock pools to explore here, and it's also a great spot for crabbing.

The cliffs on the east side of Porthpean beach are used for nesting by many types of birds, so it's a great place to enjoy Cornwall's wildlife. You can walk along the coast, past Duporth beach to Charlestown where there are plenty of cafe's/restaurants to find refreshment before making the return journey. The pretty village of Porthpean and its church with views across St Austell bay is just half a mile or so further up the lane past the beach car park. 

The beach is at the bottom of a steep slope from the car park above.

There's a large privately owned car park a few minutes walk away. 

Lifeguard Cover
There is no life guard cover here.

Dog Friendly
Dogs are banned from Easter day until October 31st.

50.322798 - 4.766757


PL26 6AU

Toilets and a season beach cafe/shop on the beach. 

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