Porthleven - Cornwall

Porthleven

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Porthleven
 
Porthleven Harbour

The Entrance to Porthleven Harbour

Porthleven Institute  and Clock tower

Porthleven Institute and clock tower

Guide to Beaches in Mousehole

Loe bar near porth leven

loe Bar and Loe Lake

Loe bar near porth leven

Porthleven

Porthleven is a historic fishing port located to the west of the The Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall. Porthleven has the distinction of being the most southerly working port in mainland Britain - located on the edge of Mount's Bay, between the Lizard Peninsula and Marazion (St Michael's Mount). The town and harbour, have maintained much of their original charm and character, (through the use of strict conservation and planning control) and attracts large numbers of tourist each year.

Porthleven's picture book location and stunning coastal scenery of the area makes this an ideal destination for family holidays and vacations to the West Country - surrounded by spectacular beaches and has easy access to a wealth of local holiday attractions, including St Michael's Mount and The Flambards Adventure Park.

Much of the coastline around the town is designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty or is in the stewardship of the National Trust. This character port is Porthleven itself is a vibrant little town arranged around its impressive harbour.

Porthleven

The harbour is the heart of life in the town, with fishing boats plying their trade from its sheltered waters, supplying the harbour side cafes and restaurants with their daily catch.the harbour is unusual in two aspects, it is the most southerly UK prot and in that it is rare to find a southwest facing Cornish harbour - opening directly into the prevailing winds. Porthleven's development as a port was always hampered by the orientation of the harbour entrance and Porthleven would have remained a small fishing inlet but there was an overriding need during the early nineteenth century, for a refuge harbour along this Cornwall's lee shore. A safe haven where ships could run in times of distress - the impressive structures that form the current harbour complex date from the Napoleonic war - with French prisoners of war being utilized as a labour force to construct the harbour.

Today, Porthleven harbour is a more relaxing environment catering for the needs of the Holiday maker. Boat and fishing trips available from the harbour and cafes and restaurants line the harbourside, creating an almost continental atmosphere - in the warm temperate climate that Cornwall enjoys due to the warming effect of the Gulf Stream current that passes close to the Cornish coastline. The buildings around the harbour and Porthleven beach are mainly a mix of traditional fishermen's cottages and net lofts - dating back to the 1800s.

Porthleven Harbour entrance

A comination of white painted houses and Palm trees adds to the ambient quality of a stay in Porthleven. The harbourside offers an interesting and diverse range of cafes, restaurants, bars, good shops and galleries, whilst Porthleven's neighbouring town at Helston caters for those who need larger stores, supermarkets and banks etc.

Parking is available by the Harbour.

Porthleven Beach

Porthleven's Beach is located adjacent to the harbour, just east of the large granite pier by the 'iconic' Porthleven Institute and clock tower -which dominates the harbour entrance. As the tide goes out, a large 3 mile long shingle and sand beach is exposed - running along the coast towards Loe Bar and Penrose Estate.

  • Car park a 5 min fairly steep walk from beach
  • Parking available by the harbour in porthleven
  • Toilets
  • Refreshments
  • Lifeguard during summer months
  • No dogs Easter to October
  • Sat Nav Co-ordinates: N50º 04' 57.79" W5º 18' 42.93"

Porthleven Beach is a popular beach with holiday makers in the area. The beach is never crowded and has many rock pools to entertain children during the day. Small coves line the edge of the beach providing shelter if the breeze picks up. Porthleven beach is popular with swimmers, but a degree of caution is needed when swimming at low tide or when the sea is rough.

This is a particularly challenging area or surfers, with good waves, but with a ground swell that can produce waves of up to 4 to 5 meters, which often can be seen breaking across the pier. Porthleven is well known for its right hand surfing break, which attracts many top level surfers to the town.

The majority of the beach is dog friendly, apart from the 250m section of beach closet to the harbour, which has a dog ban during the summer months.

Loe Bar

Loe Bar is a large sand and shingle bar in the central section of Porthleven Sands, lying approximately 1 mile East of the harbour in Porthleven. Loe Bar is a large sand bank, that blocks the mouth of the Cober Valley, creating Cornwall's largest fresh water lake. The sand bank was created by the action of a storm in the 12th century, forming a barrier that blocked the mouth of the valley. Prior to the formation of the sand bar, the lake was a busy trade route which enabled ships and merchants to navigate up the estuary as far as Helston.

The beach at Loe Bar is in a quiet remote location, with no facilites. Limited Parking is available at the small Loe Bar Car park, approximately 500m east of the sand bar. From the car park it is a short walk down a sandy track to the sand bar and beach.

 

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PORTHLEVEN HOLIDAY RENTAL

Franchis Holiday Park  Parking Available Franchis Holiday Park
Tel: 01326 240 301.   Self-catering Holiday Rental Camping and Touring in Helston sleeps Over 10 people - suitable for Large Groups, Prices from 11 to 525


Poldown Caravan Park  Pets Allowed Parking Available Poldown Caravan Park
Tel: 01326 574560. Quality in Tourism 4 Star - AA 3 Pennants Self-catering Holiday Caravan Rental En-Suite B&B Stays Camping and Touring in Helston sleeps 6. Sat Changeover, Prices from 220 to 580 Pets Welcome


Gulls Way Cottage  Pets Allowed Parking Available Gulls Way Cottage
Tel: 01326 563 404.   Self-catering Holiday Cottage Rental in Porthleven with Sea Views- sleeps 4. Prices from 415 to 1145 Pets Welcome


An Mordros Hotel  An Mordros Hotel
Tel: 01326 562236.   En-Suite B&B Stays in Porthleven with Sea Views- sleeps 8. - suitable for Large Groups, Prices from 38 to 42.5


Croft View  Parking Available Croft View
Tel: 01326 573950.   Self-catering Holiday Rental En-Suite B&B Stays in Helston sleeps 2. Prices from 180 to 399


Robin Cottage  Parking Available Robin Cottage
Tel: 07757 612740.   Self-catering Holiday Cottage Rental in Helston sleeps 7. Sat Changeover, Prices from 275 to 520


Beachcomber Holidays - Praa Sands  Pets Allowed Parking Available Beachcomber Holidays - Praa Sands
Tel: 01736 763154.   Self-catering Holiday Rental in Praa Sands with Sea Views- sleeps 6. - suitable for Large Groups, Prices from 430 to 1175 Pets Welcome


Harbourside Cottages  Pets Allowed Parking Available Harbourside Cottages
Tel: 01326 562 264.   Self-catering Holiday Cottage Rental in Porthleven with Sea Views- sleeps 6. - suitable for Large Groups, Prices from 395 to 895 Pets Welcome


Barneycot Apartment  Parking Available Barneycot Apartment
Tel: 01872 552210.   Self-catering Holiday Apartment Rental in St Agnes sleeps 4. Sat Changeover, Prices from 280 to 620


Porthleven Harbour Cottages - Cornish Hideaways  Pets Allowed Parking Available Porthleven Harbour Cottages - Cornish Hideaways
Tel: 01326 563198. ETC 4 to 5 Star Self-catering Holiday Cottage Rental in Porthleven with Sea Views- sleeps 6. - suitable for Large Groups, Prices from 250 to 1500 Pets Welcome


Cornerstones Holiday Lettings - Praa Sands  Parking Available Cornerstones Holiday Lettings - Praa Sands
Tel: 07766 866 239.   Self-catering Holiday Rental in Praa Sands with Sea Views- sleeps 6. Prices from 550 to 1050
Last week of August "late booking" special offer !


Simply Sea Views  Pets Allowed Parking Available Simply Sea Views
Tel: 01326 741090.   Self-catering Holiday Rental in based in Porthleven with Sea Views- sleeps Over 10 people - suitable for Large Groups, Prices from 440 to 1000 Pets Welcome


The Stables at Castle Barn  Parking Available The Stables at Castle Barn
Tel: 01736 762704.   Self-catering Holiday Rental in Praa Sands sleeps 2. Sat Changeover, Prices from 230 to 410


Villa Comino  Parking Available Villa Comino
Tel: 01483 534831.   Self-catering Holiday Rental in Praa Sands with Sea Views- sleeps 7. Prices from 245 to 860


Atlantic House Rooms & Breakfast  Atlantic House Rooms & Breakfast
Tel: 01326 290399.   En-Suite B&B Stays in Lizard with Sea Views- sleeps 6.
August availability 10/8/16 to 17/8/16 then 18/8/16 to 26/8/16 then 28/8/16 to 31/8/16 in various rooms
special offers 18/9/16 to 31/10/16 20% discount for three nights or more.



Tregathenan House and Cottages  Parking Available Tregathenan House and Cottages
Tel: 01326 569840. Quality in Tourism / Visit England Self Catering 4 star award - B&B Silver Award. GTBS (Green Tourism Business Scheme) Gold award Self-catering Holiday Cottage Rental En-Suite B&B Stays in Helston sleeps 6. - suitable for Large Groups, Prices from 40 to 725


Nanplough Farmhouse Holiday cottages and B&B  Parking Available Nanplough Farmhouse Holiday cottages and B&B
Tel: 01326 241088. Visit Britain - Quality in Tourism 4 Star Self-catering Holiday Rental En-Suite B&B Stays in Near Mullion Cove, sleeps 6. - suitable for Large Groups, Sat Changeover, Prices from 110 to 1249 - onsite swimming pool -


Skyburriowe Camping  Pets Allowed Parking Available Skyburriowe Camping
Tel: 01326 221646.   Camping and Touring in Helston sleeps Over 10 people - suitable for Large Groups, Prices from 12 to 19 Pets Welcome


Arrowvean Cottage  Pets Allowed Parking Available Arrowvean Cottage
Tel: 0114 235 0461.   Self-catering Holiday Cottage Rental in Porthleven sleeps 4. Fri Changeover, Prices from 230 to 550 Pets Welcome


Sea View Holiday Park  Pets Allowed Parking Available Sea View Holiday Park
Tel: 01326 290635. CTB member, 3 Star Self-catering Holiday Caravan Rental in Nr. Helston with Sea Views- sleeps 6. - suitable for Large Groups, Sat Changeover, Prices from 165 to 580 - onsite swimming pool - Pets Welcome


Lyndale Cottage Guest House  Parking Available Lyndale Cottage Guest House
Tel: 01326 561082. CTB member,, Quality in Tourism / Visit England 4 Stars En-Suite B&B Stays in Lizard sleeps Over 10 people - suitable for Large Groups, Prices from 42 to 68


Porthleven Holidays  Pets Allowed Parking Available Porthleven Holidays
Tel: 01326 563404. CTB member,  Self-catering Holiday Rental in Porthleven with Sea Views- sleeps 8. - suitable for Large Groups, Prices from 300 to 1550 Pets Welcome


Porthleven Holiday Cottages  Pets Allowed Parking Available Porthleven Holiday Cottages
Tel: 01326 574 270. Visit England / Quality in Tourism  Self-catering Holiday Cottage Rental in Porthleven with Sea Views- sleeps 8. - suitable for Large Groups, Fri + Sat Changeover, Pets Welcome


Little Tolmennor Barn  Parking Available Little Tolmennor Barn
Tel: 01736 763250.   Self-catering Holiday Rental in Helston sleeps 2. Fri Changeover, Prices from 340 to 650


 
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