Porthallow beach - circular walks

Porthallow beach

The beach at Porthallow, Cornwall

Porthallow beach is a pebble beach and there is a beach at all states of the tide. Along the right-hand side of the beach there are larger rocks and a rock platform is exposed at low tide. A rock platform also lies under the cliffs along the left side of the beach. The beach faces east away from prevailing winds so it is quite sheltered. Consequently the pebbles towards the low-water line can become quite weedy.

The beach is used to launch boats. Due to the rocks either side there's a reasonably narrow channel where they can launch and land which is something to be mindful of if swimming here.

Circular walks visiting Porthallow beach

  • 3.3 miles/5.2 km - Easy-moderate

    St Keverne to Porthallow


    St Keverne to Porthallow

    3.3 miles/5.2 km - Easy-moderate

    A circular walk through woods and meadows to Porthoustock and Porthallow from St Keverne, settled in the Dark Ages by Celtic monks trading with Brittany

  • 4.4 miles/7.1 km - Moderate

    Porthallow to Gillan

    View from Nare Point

    Porthallow to Gillan

    4.4 miles/7.1 km - Moderate

    A circular walk up Gillan Creek from Porthallow via Nare Point where, during World War II, an elaborate decoy for Falmouth Harbour was created by Ealing Film Studios with fake railways, houses and explosive special effects.

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