Porthtowan

Porthtowan

  • Long sandy beaches
  • Good walks to Chapel Porth or St Agnes
  • Good restaurants

Porthtowan located just to the east of St Agnes in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a popular family holiday destination.

Porthtowan derives its Cornish name from its most obvious feature its sandy beaches and dunes (towans). It owes its present day character to its popularity as a local seaside resort in Victorian and Edwardian times when the locals from Redruth and the surrounding areas flocked here, particularly on bank holidays. Today it is popular with surfers and swimmers and holds a number of surfing championships throughout the year.

Overlooking Porthtowan are the remains of Wheal Towan, one of Cornwall´s most celebrated 18th century copper mines and scene of a fortune amassed by Ralph Allen Daniell of Trelissick.

In 1897 the Rose of Devon floundered offshore. She was owned by one Onesimus Dorey when she wrecked off the coast of Cornwall on 29 Nov 1897. The dead bodies of sailors washed ashore from the wreck were buried at Mount Hawke and marked by a large Celtic Cross.

Highly recommended for a good lunch or dinner is the Blue Bar which serves fresh, locally produced food and is almost situated on the beach. They have an good environmental policy and if you are staying nearby are known for their live music and comedy evenings.

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