Porthgwarra is a very picturesque cove and beach in the far south west of Cornwall. Situated roughly midway between Porthcurno and Land's End, the beach consists of pale golden sand and rocks flanked by the granite cliffs of Hella Point and Carn Scathe.
South east-facing the beach shelves gently and the sand extends out into the cove under the waves giving the clear water a very welcoming appearance, the colour of jade.
Swimming is best advised at high water as there can be offshore currents operating further out into the cove, away from the slipway. Snorkelling is excellent at Porthgwarra, and a number of rock pools are uncovered at low water. Rock angling is especially popular from Carn Scathe, on the eastern side of the cove. There is no lifeguard cover but rescue equipment is located at the top of the slipway.
For those wishing to visit by car, Porthgwarra is reached from a turning off the B3315 Penzance to Land's End road at Polgigga. Care should be taken however, as along with a lot of areas in the far west, the roads are quite narrow and passing places rare.
There is a large car park here behind the beach and a small shop selling pasties and refreshments in season. Toilets are signed from the roadway. There is a seasonal dog ban at Porthgwarra from Easter until the end of October.
Many visitors walking the South West Coast Path between Land's End and Porthcurno often use the cove at Porthgwarra as a handy refreshment and comfort stop. There are a number of other fine beaches in the area including Nanjizal and Porthchapel.
Popular with those 'in the know', Porthgwarra can be busy in season, so it is wise to arrive early to ensure your spot.
The beach is owned by Lord St.Levan, of St. Michael's Mount.
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Sandy beach
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Lifeguard in summer
✘ Seasonal dog ban
✔ Rescue equipment
OS Explorer Map 102: Land's End
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