Beneath the sands dune of West Cornwall Golf Club lies a secret beach that is often overlooked due to its lack of parking and relative  remoteness. Porthkidney is a north facing beach just to the western side of Hayle river mouth and about 2 miles east of the famous (but incredible busy) St. Ives.  A huge expanse of golden sand is revealed as the tide drops out almost a mile on a large spring tide. The headland to the western end of the beach is known as Hawk’s Point and offers up fun sheltered waves in a south west wind and is popular with longboarders at low tide. Fun wedgy left handers off the cliff can be had at high tide. At very low tide the short walk around this headland to the neighbouring Carbis Bay is possible and you can take the coastal path back if the tide begins to flood.

No lifeguards on duty.

Dog friendly.

Directions: Drive to Lelant and turn off the A3074 down the small unmarked road with parking at the end. Find the footpath next to St. Uny church and drop down onto the footpath, gaining access to the sand dunes, estuary and Porthkidney beach.

Secret beach location: 50.194869,-5.446343