Known locally as 'Kerris, Porthkerris lies on the east coast of the Lizard Peninsula on the South coast of Cornwall.
Porthkerris has an east-facing beach of coarse dark shingle and is approached down a private road off the Porthoustock to Porthallow road.
Formerly popular with sea anglers 'spinning' for mackerel, Porthkerris is largely unknown by the general public.
In recent years the true potential of the area has been realised by Porthkerris Divers. Porthkerris is quite simply regarded as one of the best locations in Britain for diving, mainly due to its proximity to the Manacles (Cornish: Maen Eglos), a reef of semi submerged rocks about a mile offshore, strewn with shipwrecks spanning the centuries, but offering some great dives.
Porthkerris is a private beach with the usual facilities for divers but there is also permitted public access. Snorkelling at Porthkerris is excellent with the Diving Centre at hand to offer up to date information on the best times and places to explore. Safety equipment is located at the back of the beach. There is no lifeguard cover at Porthkerris. Rock pools are located at either end of the beach for younger family members to explore.
There is a café and toilets (both seasonal) situated at the Dive Centre. Dogs are permitted all year round. Parking is available above the cove at the top of the hill and also beside the MOD Observation Point, although neither car park is very large.
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Interesting geology
✔ Rescue equipment
OS Explorer Map 103: The Lizard, Falmouth and Helston
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Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
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