Samphire Beach, Portnadler
One of Cornwall's lesser known beaches, Samphire Beach, on Portnadler Bay is a picturesque little beach about one mile southwest of Looe on the South coast of Cornwall.
The southeast-facing beach consists of rocks and shingle with some coarse grey sand. Despite its proximity to Hannafore and West Looe the beach is seldom busy. Access is best from the roadside parking above Wallace Beach, then walk the quarter of a mile or so across a field and over a stile onto the beach.
Neighbouring coves at Old Mill's Cove and Hendersick may be visited at low water but please be aware of the state of the tide to ensure that you do not get cut off. Swimming is possible at Samphire Beach but is best undertaken on a rising tide. Snorkelling is also possible under the right conditions.
There are no facilities here, with all the usual amenities at Looe about a mile and a half away to the northeast. The beach offers good views over to St. George's Island.
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Dogs permitted
✔ Interesting geology
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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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