A tiny sandy patch of sand hidden away on the eastern side of The Island in the heart of St. Ives. Even with its proximity to the town, Porthgwidden is often overlooked and the larger beaches of Porthmeor and Porthminster are favoured. Very sheltered from the Atlantic, surfing here is a rare and almost mythical occurrence and only possible during the wildest of winter storms. Its east facing orientation means that Porthgwidden is sheltered from the prevailing westerly winds and can become a real heat-trap around midday, ideal for sun-worshippers. The waters are safe for swimming and paddling when the sea is calm. Impressive views across St. Ives bay can be found by making the short climb up from the beach and onto The Island.

No lifeguards on duty.

Dog friendly.

Directions: Park anywhere in St. Ives and walk towards The Island. To the right of The Island car park you’ll notice and small set of steps leading down to the cove.

Secret beach location: 50.217241,-5.476084