Nestled on the North Cornish Coast, Porth is an idyllic spot waiting to be discovered. Situated just a stone’s throw away from the lively town of Newquay, this scenic haven offers a more tranquil alternative to its bustling neighbour.
Reaching Porth is a straightforward affair. If you’re travelling by road, Porth is accessible from major routes like the M5 and A30, followed by local roads towards the Cornish coast. For those who prefer public transport, Newquay has a railway station that’s served by direct trains from key cities around the UK. Once in Newquay, a short local bus ride or taxi will whisk you away to Porth.
Upon arrival, you’re met with a picturesque seaside village. Porth is home to a wide sandy beach that’s a magnet for families and surfers alike. An interesting natural landmark that commands attention is Porth Island, also known as Trevelgue Head. Connected to the mainland by a narrow footbridge, this headland is a sight to behold, brimming with fascinating prehistoric earthworks, which speak to the area’s ancient history.
If you’re a keen photographer, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better spot than the top of Porth Island. From there, you can capture panoramic views of the coast, including Whipsiderry Beach, Watergate Bay and Newquay.
For those looking for a bit of a ramble, the South West Coast Path offers stunning walks in the area. Starting from Porth, you can take the path towards Watergate Bay, a scenic route of about two miles. This relatively flat walk is great for beginners and offers stunning coastal views.
Alternatively, you can hike towards Newquay, a more challenging three-mile walk that offers spectacular views of the headland and the Atlantic Ocean. You’ll pass by the Whipsiderry Beach, an often overlooked gem that’s been voted amongst the UK’s top ten beaches.
Did you know that Porth means “port” in Cornish? Despite its name, Porth was never a significant port. However, it did have a lifeboat station, established in the late 1800s, and the village has a rich history of fishing and mining. The now quiet Mermaid Inn, located by the beach, was once a bustling hub for miners and fishermen.
Foodies will be delighted to find a small but excellent selection of eateries in Porth. From fresh seafood served at the local pub, to delightful Cornish pasties in the village bakery, there’s plenty to tantalise your tastebuds. And let’s not forget the quintessentially British seaside treat, a ’99’ ice cream from a beach-side kiosk.
Porth’s captivating beauty and laid-back charm make it a delightful destination for van lifers and photography enthusiasts alike. So, pack your camera, lace up your walking boots, and immerse yourself in the slow-paced Cornish lifestyle. Whether you’re after heart-pumping coastal walks, mouth-watering local grub, or just a peaceful spot to watch the waves roll in, Porth, Cornwall is sure to deliver.