Cornwall, TR13 9ER, Lat/Long 50.1N 5.3W
A small yet impressive shingle beach surrounded by cliffs. Porthleven is the location of choice for experienced surfers who are attracted to the famed Porthleven Reef Break. These thrilling and adventurous surfing waters should only be dared by advanced surfers.
Filled with Cornish charm with its small fishing boats and fresh fish readily available from the cafes and restaurants lining the harbour, Porthleven attracts many families looking for a relaxing break.
- Benefits from the 1997 Porthleven Clean Sweep scheme
- Porthleven sewage treatment works offers secondary treatment with ultraviolet disinfection before discharge through an outfall near Porthleven Harbour. This discharge is designed to protect bathing water quality
- There are three storm overflows at Porthleven Harbour, Breageside and Harbour tank at this bathing water. Overflows exist to protect homes, gardens, roads and open spaces from sewer flooding normally after storms
- Bathing water quality in this area can be affected by urban drainage.
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Local activities and interests
Swimming, surfing and walks.
Kitto's Field car park at the Square, Porthleven. Toilets, shops, food and litter bins. RNLI Lifeguard service 2 July - 4 September. No Surf Life Saving GB club at this beach (Nearest club is Falmouth Surf Life Saving Club at Maenporth beach).
A surfing hotspot for experts. Its right-hand reef breaks are famed. But surfers are warned to avoid venturing into the waters at low tide when the waves leave the reef too exposed.
Latest bathing water quality samples: visit the Environment Agency's website.
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