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Porthleven Sands, Cornwall


  • Located in Porthleven, Cornwall, South West England, England
  • At low tide, Porthleven Sands is a huge rock, sand and shingle beach stretching out along the South Cornwall coast. About 4km long, the beach runs between Porthleven to the north west down to Gunwalloe Fishing Cove to the south east. The Loe, which is the largest natural freshwater lake in Cornwall, pushes out behind the central section of the beach. Helston is to the north
  • We use Ordnance Survey maps to name attractions and points of interest on PictureTheUK and the 4km beach is named Porthleven Sands on the Ordnance Survey Explorer 103 'The Lizard' map. However, given the size of the beach, it's useful to break it down into three areas. To the north west, by the massive sea wall at Porthleven and Porthleven Pier, is a sand and shingle beach. In the centre is Loe Bar. To the south east is the beach at Gunwalloe Fishing Cove
  • There's a sign in the middle of the beach entitled 'Loe Bar Helston'. It warns of strong currents and states 'do not bathe at any time'. 'Beware of strong undercurrents. Beware of deep shelving beach. Beware of large breaking waves. Beware of tides. Beware of unstable cliffs.' Basically, if you fancy a dip then stick to the water at high tide around Porthleven as photographed
  • Porthleven Sands is reminiscent of Slapton Sands in South Devon
  • By James Penman

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Porthleven Pier

Located in Porthleven, Cornwall, South West England, England

Less than a mile away.

Wonderful stone pier providing excellent views of both Porthleven and the south Cornwall coastline. To the east are Porthleven Sands and, in the distance, Mullion Cove...

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Porthleven Harbour

Located in Porthleven, Cornwall, South West England, England

Less than a mile away.

The most southerly port in England. Very popular destination in south Cornwall. St Michael's Mount and Mount's Bay to the west, the Lizard Peninsula to the east. Plenty of places to eat and drink along the harbour walls....

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Harbour Inn, Porthleven
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Less than a mile away.

Total Rooms: 14; Rates: 85 - 95 Per Night

In the historic Cornish village of Porthleven, with a commanding position overlooking the harbour, the inn has 14 en suite rooms, many with stunning harbour and Atlantic views...

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Eglosderry, Burnuick Farm Cottages
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Approximately 2.1 miles away.

Rates: 395 - 789 Per Week

Set around an attractive courtyard these recently converted barns offer spacious and very comfortable accommodation. Situated on the owner's working farm just 3 miles from Gunwalloe and the sandy beach at Church Cove...

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Little Content, Burnuick Farm Cottages
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Approximately 2.1 miles away.

Rates: 395 - 789 Per Week

Set around an attractive courtyard these recently converted barns offer spacious and very comfortable accommodation. Situated on the owner's working farm just 3 miles from Gunwalloe and the sandy beach at Church Cove...

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