Portreath was our childhood beach - where all the local families would spread blankets and towels up against the harbour wall every day after school and at weekends. We took sandwiches or pasties and went on the bus! Who could want for more - the proverbial golden sand (really!), safe swimming (with lifeguard cover during the summer months) and instant company.

Portreath has grown since those days but is still a real community, one which welcomes visitors but keeps its identity. The village has pubs, caf├ęs, restaurants, a bakery, a small supermarket and post office and surf/beach shops.

The village is situated on the 'Cornish Riviera' - the Atlantic coast - about half-way between Newquay and St. Ives and on the South West Coast Path. Cyclists and horse riders can ride from Portreath right across the county to Devoran almost all off-road on the 11 mile Coast to Coast Mineral Tramway Trail, which passes directly behind Kittiwake Cottage. The trail is based on the route taken by the horse-drawn carts carrying coal imported from Wales to the tin and copper mining areas inland and bringing the ore to be transported back to South Wales for smelting.


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Expanse of sand at Portreath beach
Portreath harbour
Milestone on the Coast to Coast path
Surfing together
Cold?  It is May!
Coffe break on the beach
Lone surfer
Portreath village
Towards evening on the beach