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Coordinates: 50°30′29″N 5°01′20″W / 50.5081°N 5.0221°W / 50.5081; -5.0221

Cornish: Porthkehodhon
Porthcothan Beach - geograph.org.uk - 314452.jpg
Porthcothan beach looking down from the north at low tide, towards the former Arch rock
Porthcothan is located in Cornwall
 Porthcothan shown within Cornwall
OS grid reference SW719858
Civil parish St Eval
Unitary authority Cornwall
Ceremonial county Cornwall
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town PADSTOW
Postcode district PL28
Dialling code 01841
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Cornwall
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament North Cornwall
List of places

Porthcothan (Cornish: Porthkehodhon)[1] is a coastal village between Newquay and Padstow in Cornwall, England, UK. It is within the civil parish of St Eval.

Porthcothan lies within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Almost a third of Cornwall has AONB designation, with the same status and protection as a National Park.

The sandy beach is popular with tourists and surfers and is patrolled by lifeguards during the day in the summer; local surf schools sometimes use the beach for tuition. There is a pay-and-display car park and a small grocery shop near the beach. In January 2014, a large storm reduced a local arch, Jan Leverton's Rock, to rubble.[2][3]

Notable residents[edit]

Notable former residents include the early science fiction author J. D. Beresford, the novelist D. H. Lawrence and the playwright Nick Darke.

See also[edit]

Other coastal villages and bays nearby
Other villages nearby


External links[edit]

Media related to Porthcothan at Wikimedia Commons