Porth Mear


A little known inlet beach right next to the Coast Path between Porthcothan and Park Head

The car park at Porthcothan is 7.3kms south of Padstow on the B3276 coast road

to Newquay. The Coast Path is almost directly opposite the entrance to the car park going past the village store and involves an interesting walk (1km) past Trescore Islands immediately offshore. Porth Mear is around the headland and a gentle descent to the valley bottom where, by the footbridge and stream, is access on to the beach. It is also possible to park at the National Trust Centre at Park Head (Pentire Farm) and take the permissive path down the valley to the beach.

The higher part of the beach is mostly shingle and stone but has patches of grey sand, some of which are above the high water mark. Further down the beach at low water the shingle gives way to flat rock platforms all the way to the entrance to the inlet. A stream coming down the valley crosses the beach.

There are no restrictions on dogs.

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