...a great place for holidays.
A Harbour: full of yachts and fishing boats, narrow streets climbing the steep hillsides and spectacular views, Porthleven has long been that happy Cornish mix of fishing port and holiday resort. A happy mix of working village and holiday centre, Porthleven offers a variety of accommodation and you'll find restaurants, pubs, galleries and gift shops trading alongside fishmongers and chandlers.
History: Porthlevens origins are in fishing, the export of china clay, stone and minerals mined on the cliff-sides and hills and the import of timber and other supplies into the County. Porthlevens commercial role as a Port has long since passed but it still plays host to a number of fishing boats and an increasing number of local pleasure craft and visiting yachts.
The Beach: - a small, mainly shingle beach in a bay backed by cliffs. It is home to the Porthleven Reef Break. Only experienced surfers should use this break. For the reef to kick in it needs a big south or south westerly groundswell with a light north to north-east wind smoothing the wave face. Paddle out by the harbour channel to the reef on the right. Low tide is a definite no-go as the waves get super hollow and the reef is just too exposed.
Wildlife And Walks: There is a coastal path running both east and west from Porthleven though extreme care should be taken when walking to the east towards Loe Bar. Basking sharks, seals and dolphins may be seen in the area.
Facilities: - there are various small car parks near the beach. A fee is charged for parking.
Travel: - Buses run to the beach from Helston or Penzance. The nearest train station is Penzance.
Safety: - Porthleven beach has a lifeguard cover from 25th July until the 4th September 2005. This service is supplied by Kerrier District Council. If you do swim you are advised to stay between the pier and blue buoy steps. No zoning for water sports. Beyond blue buoy steps, the beach becomes part of the notorious Loe Bar which is infamous for dangerous undertows and steep gradient. Be aware that the beach shelves away quickly. It is not advisable for you or your pets to enter the water anywhere beyond blue buoy steps especially at Loe Bar.
Services: - Toilets, café/restaurant, shops and a slip-way (in the harbour). There is a butcher, baker, a fishmonger of course and a good supermarket that has a small but fine delicatessen. There are also two traditional fish & chip shops, a pasty shop and various other local shops including a Post Office. And just in case of mishaps there is a chemist and a doctor's surgery.
Local Activities: - swimming, surfing, jet skiing, windsurfing, fishing.
Visit: Porthleven Angling Centre
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