Things to do at Chapel Porth beach
With a single narrow road in and out, Chapel Porth’s beach is cosy and rich in heritage and legend. It can be busy in the summer but is quiet in the winter. Once you are parked up everything you need is within easy reach: the sand, the café and the toilets. Find out more about what to enjoy here and what to keep in mind.
Discover the caves and birdlife
There's a huge expanse of sand at Chapel Porth beach and access to several little caves and rock pools at low tide, but the beach completely disappears at high tide.
You'll soon meet the friendly local rock pipit birds, as they try their luck for flapjack crumbs at the café window hatch.
Chapel Porth has championed this pastime for many years and played host to the World Bellyboard Championships from its inception in 2003 until 2015.
There has always been a dedicated cohort who visit Chapel Porth throughout the year to ride their boards. It's a hobby that crosses the generations and encourages many people back into the water.
The RNLI has taken up the challenge of hosting the championships nowadays.
Dogs at Chapel Porth
There's a seasonal dog policy, so dogs are not allowed on the beach from Easter to September.
They're still welcome on the paths so make the most of the walks in the area, up to the tin mine ruins or out of the wind up in the valley. Please pick up after your dog and remember to take all your litter with you.
Tide times and lifeguard service
The lifeguard service is seasonal. Please swim between the flags and follow all instructions from the guards.
Remember also to check the tide times as some areas of the beach can get cut off by high tides.
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Try out the ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ activities children can enjoy by the sea, from paddling or swimming, to catching crabs and skimming stones.
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A National Trust employee and visiting poet express their love for Chapel Porth in a short interview and a heartfelt poem. Find out what really draws people here
Every May Day weekend the villagers of St Agnes re-enact the story of Giant Bolster through the village & over the clifftops of Chapel Porth.