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Portreath is an attractive seaside village, only 10 miles from Redruth. Despite its peaceful location, there’s a whole wealth of activities and attractions in the area. The sandy beach at the foot of the village is the perfect place to spend a relaxing afternoon in the summer, or great for a bracing winter stroll. Whether you take a book down to while away a few hours in the sunshine, or pull on a wetsuit to give surfing a go, you’re sure to enjoy the scenery and laid back atmosphere of the village.
A village steeped in history
The small harbour was once the focus of a busy coal and copper industry, with boats arriving and departing, loaded with heavy cargoes for import and export. Horse-drawn carts would clatter down to the harbour, piled with copper ore from the nearby mines to be loaded onto ships bound for Swansea. After completing their voyage, they would return, once again bearing a cargo, this time of Welsh coal.
It was a tricky business entering the harbour, with ships having to negotiate the narrow entrance, quite dangerous when the sea was rough, to bring their loads safely to port.
The tram roads which were used for the transportation of ore now provide the route for a fantastic network of cycle paths. It’s possible to cycle all the way from Portreath to Devoran on the south coast, which makes for a scenic, 11 mile ride taking you past some remnants of the area’s mining past. Haunting scars torn into the landscape leave a stark reminder of what was, up until 30 years ago, an important part of life in Portreath. Beyond the old mines, you’ll cycle through woodlands and dells before breaking out into a bare landscape, sculpted by the toxins from the former arsenic mines.
The modern village
Rich heritage aside, Portreath has plenty to offer the modern visitor. There are a selection of shops, offering groceries to souvenirs and everything in between. Once you’ve browsed the shops, take a break in a friendly café with a cup of coffee and slice of cake. There’s even a cinema to while away a few hours if the weather isn’t cooperating!
If you’re looking for something a little heartier, enjoy a portion of chips, a tasty seafood meal or some good old pub grub in one of the many cafés, restaurants, tea rooms and takeaways in the village. Wash it all down with a beverage from one of the welcoming local establishments.
Activities and attractions
If you’re passionate about exploring the great outdoors on foot, then Portreath and its surrounds are a veritable paradise.
A good place to start is the section of the South West Coast Path from Portreath to Basset’s cove. The walk can be made into a circular trail, taking you though the pretty wooded valleys of Tehidy Country Park before breaking out onto the breathtakingly high cliffs on this section of coastline.
Rocks are scattered across Basset’s Cove, with some of the larger ones bearing green grassy caps, providing the perfect habitat for nesting sea birds.
Another great cliff top walk runs northwards from Portreath to Porthtowan. The dizzying heights of the cliffs here make for some great views, but can be dangerous due to their slate and sandstone composition, so keep your wits about you.
Tehidy Country Park has a network of walking paths through its 250 acre wooded valley. Open to the public year round, it is part of the former Basset estate, a family who made a living through mining tin. For those who enjoy taking to two wheels, the park also has mountain bike tracks.
An option which requires a little less energy is the Cornish Goldsmith’s Treasure Park. An interesting family attraction built on the site of the old Tolgus Tin Mine. The park boasts a range of activities and attractions, from jewellery workshops, entertainment outlets, shops and restaurants, all accessed via winding paths which take in bubbling streams and waterwheels. As it’s a dog-friendly park, the family pooch is more than welcome too!
A day at the seaside
The fine, sandy beach at Portreath is a lovely spot to just sit and soak up a bit of the South West’s sunshine. On overcast, winters day, the beach is equally impressive; moody clouds and thundering waves create a magical atmosphere for a brisk, refreshing walk. The harbour in which the beach lies is part of a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which extends all the way along the coast to Godrevy Point.
Although lovely and sheltered for sunbathing, if you’re not the sort to sit still for too long, you may want to pull on a wetsuit and get into the water! If you’re a beginner, the best place to start is at one of the several surf schools in the area. Or if you’re already an experienced wave rider, make the most of the great right hand reef break. Alternatively, have a go at windsurfing in the bay.
If you don’t fancy splashing around in the waves, take a sedate swim in the tidal swimming pool, or search the rock pools bordering the beach for crabs and shells.
A great base to explore Cornwall
It is perfectly possible to spend a whole week simply enjoying Portreath and the immediate area, but if you stray a little further afield, you’ll discover even more of Cornwall’s gems. The pretty fishing village of St Ives lies on the coast to the south. With its very own Tate Gallery it is a haven for art lovers and its charming appearance has made it the subject of many a painting itself. In between Portreath and St Ives, Gwithian is another great spot for surfers.
Land’s End, just under an hour away by car, is a great place for a day out. Also in that direction is Sennen Cove, and a little closer, the quaint village of Mousehole and the popular destination of Penzance.
Inland, Redruth is definitely worth a visit to discover beautiful architecture and a fascinating history. Venture north east from Portreath and spend the day discovering the jungle and Mediterranean landscapes housed in the biomes of Cornwall’s fantastic Eden Project in St Austell.
However you decide to spend your time in and around Portreath, our beautiful range of holiday cottages provide you with the perfect home-from-home for a spot of rest and relaxation.