Duporth Beach

Image courtesy of Susie Jo, artist

In Brief

Suitable for: Those who both love and respect private beaches
Location: Off Duporth Road, St Austell, between Charlestown Beach and Porthpean Beach
Parking: None. Walk here only. Lots of space in Charlestown, though, 15 minutes walk away
Dog friendly?: Yes, but only on leads

Fancy rocking up to a fairly secluded private beach near St Austell to enjoy some pretty clear waters and some fine sands? You’ve come to the right place! Duporth Beach, despite only being a couple of miles away from St Austell and only a stone’s throw away from Charlestown, is pretty quiet throughout the year because it’s a little harder to get to compared to many other beaches across Cornwall.

Duporth Beach is backed by low shrubby cliffs and looks out to fine views of the sea. It’s a couple of hundred metres in length and is made up of some fine sand as well as pebbles, so it’s a great spot for a sunbathe. And the waters are inviting too so we recommend a dip or two. Plus, for the kids, at low tide there’s a plethora of rock pools that are uncovered with plenty of marine life to spot.

Word of note: there are no facilities at this beach. If you want toilets and the like then go to nearby Charlestown Beach or to Porthpean Beach. Same goes for parking. Remember, this is a private beach so you can’t just drive here and park up. You need to walk from either of the neighbouring beaches, up to 15 minutes from each. All three beaches are connected by some lovely paths along the cliffs and you can descend down to Duporth via a flight of steps. Dogs are allowed here but keep them on a lead. There is no lifeguard cover here, though. All in all, a pretty private beach that needs to be respected and enjoyed.