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About Porthcothan

Wildlife, wild plants, flowers, and winding lanes are typical of this part of Cornwall where Porthcothan beach is backed by an area of low dunes. A little stream flows into the sea at the head of what is a long, narrow inlet.

Along the sands, years of gale lashed seas have caused dramatic rock formations. Close to the cliffs the retreating tide leaves behind enchanting little rock pools where children can spend happy hours searching for crabs and fossils.

The sea here is good for quiet surfers, it is not particularly noted for the sport, but is perhaps ideal for beginners.

Most of the landscape of the region belongs to the National Trust, thus assuring the peace and perfection of the area and the continuation of its abundance of flora and fauna. The trust owns the cliffs and headland to the north of Porthcothan, these allow for exceptional sea views in all directions.

Off shore there are several attractive little islands to the left of the bay, these are known as Trescore Islands. Looking to the right is Will's Rock and casting a northwards glance you can see the Minnow Islands and Fox Cove.

This sun-kissed beach is perfect for relaxing, soaking up the sun and enjoying the gentle surf rippling over the soft sand sheltered beneath lofty rugged cliffs. Porthcothan is indeed one of the most tranquil and spectacular places along the north Cornish coast.

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Bedruthan Steps, St Eval, Cornwall

St Eval (26 Pictures) in the county of Cornwall

(1.9 miles, 3.0 km, direction SE of Porthcothan)


On the harbour side.

Padstow (187 Pictures) a Picturesque Village in the county of Cornwall

(4.2 miles, 6.8 km, direction NE of Porthcothan)

Padstow has become a phenomenon of the latter half of the 20th-century when Chef, Rick Stein, together with his endearing little dog, Chalky first burst upon our T.V. screens following the opening of his famous "Seafood Restaurant" which has since become a Mecca for fish and seafood lovers from all over the country and Europe...

Approaching Rock, Cornwall, from the Padstow Ferry

Rock (18 Pictures) in the county of Cornwall

(5.6 miles, 9.0 km, direction NE of Porthcothan)

Rock is known to have been visited by at least one Royal Prince...

Bay at New Polzeath in early evening. Walk left on Beach for just yards to Polzeath.

New Polzeath (1 Pictures) in the county of Cornwall

(6.6 miles, 10.7 km, direction NE of Porthcothan)

New Polzeath overlooks the extensive sands at Hayles Bay, where westerly winds provide perfect conditions for surfers. Just north of New Polzeath you can find steps leading to a beautiful beach...

Newquay Harbour tide out

Newquay (173 Pictures) a Seaside Town in the county of Cornwall

(6.8 miles, 11.0 km, direction S of Porthcothan)

What a rare blessing Newquay has in its mile upon mile of sheltered, golden beaches that offer a safe haven for sun-worshippers and surfers alike...

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Prideaux Place, Near Padstow

Prideaux Place (3 Pictures)

(4.1 miles, 6.6 km, direction NE)

This gorgeous historic house, caressed by lush creeping foliage lies in an outstanding position beside the waters of the River.....

The Shire Hall, Bodmin, Cornwall

The Shire Hall (2 Pictures)

(13.6 miles, 21.9 km, direction E)

This beautifully preserved building is one of Cornwall's gems from the 19th-century. The Shire Hall was built in 1838 and shows.....

I'm going round the bend.

Bodmin & Wenford Railway (21 Pictures)

(13.7 miles, 22.1 km, direction E)

This railway is Cornwall's only standard gauge railway still operated by steam locomotives and the trains run through some.....

Callestock Cider Farm, Penhallow, Cornwall. 1996.

Callestock Cider Farm (5 Pictures)

(14.5 miles, 23.3 km, direction S)


Lanhydrock springtime

Lanhydrock House (67 Pictures)

(14.9 miles, 23.9 km, direction E)

Magnificent late Victorian country house with extensive servants' quarters, gardens and wooded estate...

A picture of Trewithen Gardens, near Truro, Cornwall

Trewithen Gardens (24 Pictures)

(15.5 miles, 24.9 km, direction S)

Trewithen is a glorious 18th-century house built by Thomas Edwards and decorated in Rococo style. It forms a backdrop for.....

Inside Merlin's Cave, Tintagel, Cornwall.

Merlin's Cave (8 Pictures)

(15.9 miles, 25.6 km, direction NE)

This deep cavernous black slate hole, full of eyrie atmosphere is said to be the cave where the legendry King Arthur is purported.....

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