Surfers headed for the waves at Chapel Porth, Cornwall ©National Trust Images Hilary Daniel
Beach with Cafe
National Trust-owned, Chapel Porth on the North Cornwall Coast, perhaps most notably, has the dramatic ruins of the famous Wheal Coates engine house overlooking the beach.
As one of the most exposed beaches in Cornwall, Chapel Porth faces the full force of the Atlantic Ocean and even on calmer days, getting cut off by the incoming tide is hazardous. In fact, the experience you’ll have at Chapel Porth is very tide dependent. At high tide in the summer, beachgoers tend to be packed in as the sea dominates beach, so check out the tide times before you visit. At low tide you can stroll to nearby Porthtowan which is less than a mile away.
This beach is lifeguarded from May until the end of September, and there is a seasonal dog ban in place during the height of summer.