Portscatho is an east facing beach situated seaward of the fishing village of Portscatho on the east coast of the Roseland peninsula near St Mawes in South Cornwall.
The beach is a mixture of shingle and rocks with a little sand and boats are often drawn up on the foreshore. Sometimes prone to seaweed, Portscatho is not so much a swimming beach as a place to visit relax and take photographs of the picturesque scenery that characterises the Roseland peninsula.
There are some fine walks along the coast path southwest towards St. Mawes, St Anthony in Roseland and Zone Point or northeast along the crescent of Gerrans Bay passing Carne and Pendower beaches, over Nare Head towards Portloe.
There are a wide range of accommodation options available throughout the whole Roseland Peninsula at a range of prices to suit your pocket.
. The name of the beach comes from the Cornish 'Porth-Scatho' meaning 'Cove of Boats'.
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OS Explorer Map 105: Falmouth and Mevagissey, Truro and St Mawes
This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
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