Portreath

Portreath

  • Sheltered, sandy beach
  • Near to shops and cafes
  • Part of Bissoe Cycleway

Portreath is a small resort with a very narrow harbour located about 5 miles north of Redruth. It was once a very busy port importing coal and exporting copper; today it shelters the occasional fishing boat.

The sandy beach has a stream running down the left hand side of it to the sea, and is popular with families, shielded by a high headland at the left end, which provides shelter from the prevailing westerly winds. Surfers and body boarders turn up in force at high tide or when there are large swells to surf the harbour wall or vortex as it is known.

For places to stay in Cornwall, as a base from which to visit Portreath and the surrounding area, please see: Country House Hotels in Cornwall , Coastal Hotels in Cornwall , Spa Hotels in Cornwall , Bed & Breakfasts in Cornwall or Self-Catering Cottages in Cornwall

The present harbour has a long dog-leg wall, and presents shipping with a difficult entrance. There is a building - The Pepper Pot - from which ships were guided through the harbour entrance, this was also used as a Huer’s Hut from where a lookout or ‘Huer’ would watch for large shoals of pilchards and alert his fishermen below.

Because of the old mining activity the beach sand contains tiny particles of tin and Cornish gold! There is a small cottage situated next to the beach called Smugglers Cottage. It is said that in 1950, when the cottage was being altered, a secret room was discovered. The room was hiding a rusting sword, an old sea-chest and a human skeleton, sitting on a table. As you can imagine there are many local ghost stories connected to this cottage.

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