Portreath is a small coastal village with a very narrow harbour located about 5 miles north of Redruth. It was once a busy port, importing coal and exporting copper but now only sheltering the occasional fishing boat. The original loading ramp can still be seen in the village. Copper ore was transported from mines, in the Chacewater area, using horse-drawn wagons, and was shipped by the ton to Swansea in South Wales for smelting. The ships would return, laden with Welsh coal. The harbour entrance was quite hazardous and tremendous skill must have been required to navigate sailing ships into the port. Some of the ships would carry well over a hundred tons of ore.
The pretty, sandy beach has a stream running down to the sea on the left hand side. It is a popular family beach which, like many on the north Cornish coast, is a favourite with surfers and in particular body boarders who turn up in force at high tide on big swells to surf the harbour wall, or Vortex as it is known. The beach is cleaned daily during the season and dogs are not allowed on the beach from Easter Day to 1st October each year.
Tehidy Country Park is about a mile and a half from Portreath, situated in a valley of one of the upper tributaries of the Red River which flows into the sea near Gwithian. It is a beautiful country park of around 250 acres. Most of the park is woodland and there are around 9 miles of nature trails. It was formerly the estate of the Bassett family who made a fortune from tin but is now owned by Cornwall Council and is open to the public all year round. Within the park are also bridleways for horse riding and tracks for mountain bikes. There are several ponds and a lovely lake with swans and various kinds of ducks.
Address: Portreath village car park
Lat: N 50° 15′ 39.72″
Long: W 5° 17′ 29.41″
OS Grid Ref: SW 65415 45323