In Brief

Classification: Village
Twinned with: No-one
Population: 1,336 in 2011
Notable former residents: It’s been rumoured that Doc Martin actor Martin Clunes has stayed in the village…
Films shot in town: ‘The Rakes Progress’ (1945) and TV series ‘Ty’s Great British Adventure’ (2008)
Interesting factoid: Portreath was the home of Cornwall’s first railway. Started in 1809, the ‘Portreath Tramroad’ linked the harbour with the copper mines at Scorrier and St Day


Portreath – which means ‘sandy cove’ in Cornish – lies a few miles north-west of the famous mining towns of Camborne and Redruth on Cornwall’s rugged north coastline. Huddled around a picturesque harbour and popular beach at the end of a stream valley, the quaint village is an established family favourite and a great base for exploring the pretty surrounding areas. From the village, there are fantastic coastal walks towards St Ives to the west and St Agnes to the east. Portreath is also closely tied to the area’s rich industrial past. Its harbour was established in the 1760s to send ore from Camborne and Redruth to Swansea in Wales for smelting. During the industry’s 1840s heyday, some 100,000 tons were shipped out of the village every year. Today, people are drawn here to see that picturesque harbour, which is still home to a small fishing fleet, and to its popular beach and surf, especially its famous ‘vortex’ wave. Portreath is also a storm-watching hotspot. Famously, the harbour wall was destroyed by storm waves in 2014. Whatever the weather, make sure you enjoy the great pubs, eateries and welcoming vibe that characterises this north coast gem. It’ll sweep you off your feet.