Porthkidney beach is a glorious 1 mile stretch of untouched fine white sand, backed by endless grassy dunes with spectacular panoramic views over St Ives Bay.
It’s remote access and secluded location, tucked away on the mouth of Hayle Estuary and hidden from the main road means it stays relatively quiet, even during the summer months where the more popular beaches of St Ives are favoured.
Reaching Porthkidney beach is a journey in itself. Park at nearby St Uny Church (see sat nav), walk down the coastal path (cutting through West Cornwall Golf Club…fore!), over a railway bridge and through the sand dunes…don’t let that put you off though, as we promise it’s worth it when you’ve got that soft white sand between your toes. Splash in the shallow waters, play in the dunes or just relax in the beautiful surroundings.
There are no facilities on Porthkidney beach, but we feel that adds to its beauty as you very much feel somewhere far far away.
As the tide fades away, Porthkidney beach reveals it’s party trick, turning into a magnificent, seemingly endless expanse of freshly uncovered sand. It’s stunning, and also possible to walk around Hawk’s Point and across to neighbouring beach of Carbis Bay. The South West Coastal Path connects both beaches if the tide is too high.
Porthkidney beach is dog friendly all year round, but dogs must be kept on a lead whilst on approach footpath from St Uny Church.