Porthluney Cove

Porthluney Cove (Caerhays Beach) Beach and Car Park
Porthluney Cove (Caerhays Beach) Beach and Car Park




Porthluney Cove, also known locally as Caerhays Beach, is a sheltered sandy beach near Dodman Point, tucked away down narrow lanes between Porthscatho and Mevagissey this large beach is sheltered and south-facing, overlooked by the magnificent Caerhays Castle and Gardens. The cove is part of the Caerhays estate. It is about 9 miles from St. Austell.

From St. Austell take the B3273 for Mevagissey, shortly after Pentewan turn right on the Gorran Haven road. At the hamlet of Gorran Highlanes, turn right on to the road for Caerhays. Follow this road through the hamlet of Rescassa, at the next junction turn right and follow the road to Caerhays Castle.There is easy access to the beach which is fairly sheltered and swimming is relatively safe.


There is a ban on any kind of motorised water-craft to maintain peace and quiet.

There is no lifeguard service provided.

There is a large car park close to the beach which is also used by visitors to the castle and its gardens. There is a charge during the holiday season (May to September 8am – 3pm £3.50. 3pm – 5pm £2.00 seasonal parking pass available).

There is a cafe & shop open daily from 10.30am (weather permitting) between April and late September and public toilets are by the beach.

Dogs on leads are permitted on the beach all year.


  1. Has anyone used this beach lately? I would like to go but if no one us using it any longer i migjt give it a miss.
    Thanks Phil

  2. Hi, which part of the beach is used by naturists. We normally use Vault but fancy a change. Cheers Phil

    1. Hi Phil,

      Naturists generally use the ends of the beach, to the left or the right as you enter the beach. There used to be a sign guiding naturists to the right but this seems to have gone more recently. I would advise that you take a look and see where the naturists are when you visit and stay in the same general area.

      Good luck, let us know how you get on.

      PS I am told the café has greatly improved with the new management!

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