Cornish beaches: Porthkidney

Porthkidney Sands is a north-facing beach at the mouth of the Hayle Estuary that lies just two miles from the picturesque harbour town of St Ives. Backed by sand dunes and the golf course the beach is dog friendly all year: however dogs are required to be kept on a lead on the footpath leading from St Uny Church to Porthkidney Sands

Across the river are the Hayle Towans.

River Hayle with Godrevey lighthouse in the distance

At low tide the vast expense of sands here can stretch as far as a mile out to sea

and it can be possible to walk around the point to Carbis Bay. Alternatively you can walk along the coastal path which is alongside the picturesque branch-line that runs between St Erth and St Ives or indeed catch the train itself.

St Ives in the distance

As you can tell from most of these images the sky was full of some very heavy clouds on this day and rain threatened so we cut short our walk and headed back home. Oh, and I will add that it can smell very doggy on the way down to the beach (and some dog walkers seem to think it is OK to pick up the poo but leave the bags next to the path) and we witnessed one fairly nasty altercation between one dog owner and another dog. This might not be a beach I visit too often, though I am keen to try the walk to Carbis Bay and also visit St Uny.


  1. restlessjo says:

    I love that little trilogy of churchyard shots at the beginning. The church must be in a lovely location. 🙂 🙂 The bunker, not so much. There are a few in the dunes in our industrial Teesport area.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I shall get back to the churchyard, there is a Cornish Cross lurking somewhere close by.

      1. Sue says:

        I shall look forward to that post, Jude

  2. restlessjo says:

    And I forgot to say that I like your header. Those feathery frond shapes on the sand always fascinate me. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Header suggestion from Meg to use in all my beach articles 🙂

      1. restlessjo says:

        I haven’t heard from her lately. Hope it’s just a blogging break and nothing wrong xx

        1. Heyjude says:

          I think I saw something on one of her posts that she was feeling overwhelmed and hadn’t been commenting much, but still reading posts. Too busy being out and about and helping J perhaps?

        2. restlessjo says:

          Not sure. She’s much more disciplined in her approach to blogging than me. I’ll probably email her later 🙂

  3. Anabel Marsh says:

    I love the gravestones peeking out from the long grass. We missed thisxwhen we stayed in St Ives – another time!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Once this weather has calmed down I shall explore the graveyard in more detail.

  4. Tish Farrell says:

    I love the painterly look of the beachscapes. Shame about the doggy effluvia.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I like that dogs can on a beach, but some dog owners are not very responsible.

      1. Tish Farrell says:

        Dogs always have such immense fun on beaches, and it’s a pleasure to watch them. But as you say – owners. When I had dogs I always ensured they performed on home territory before we walked anywhere. It’s easily arranged in relation to feeding. Dogs will go on command, where and when you want them to.

        1. Heyjude says:

          It’s the leaving of the little black bags everywhere that gets to me (especially when hung in a tree or bush). If you go to the effort of picking up the waste, why not put it in a bin or even take it home to dispose of! And I really hope those bags are biodegradable.

        2. Tish Farrell says:

          The National Trust have been getting upset with the bags. I don’t think most are very biodegradable – or at least not fast enough to avoid them becoming all sorts of menace in the interim.

        3. Heyjude says:

          Like disposable nappies… we sure do create a lot of waste.

  5. Such a shame that the weather was threatening and the dog owners thoughtless of others. It looks like a beautiful beach.

  6. The water is a beautiful colour here. I would enjoy the walk except for the dogs.

    1. Heyjude says:

      The dogs don’t bother me, but their mess does. And the water is truly astonishing.

      1. I’m not a dog person so I tend to avoid doggy areas.

  7. Joanne Sisco says:

    What a lovely, picturesque place for a walk. I particularly enjoy it on a wintery day like today. I like the unusual grave markers, and the sand dunes, but it was the photo of the stone outbuilding with the “Danger – Golf” sign that made me smile. I can’t say I’ve ever seen a golf related sign starting with DANGER before. Come to think of it, given the way I golf, there probably should be 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Heehee… yes, indeed, the path goes through the golf course so you have to be “on guard” for stray golf balls 😀

      1. Joanne Sisco says:

        I’ve never worn my bike helmet while out for a walk before, but there’s always a first time!

  8. Hey Jude 🙂 I feel like such an idiot as I left a Happy Christmas message for you on what I thought was your blog, but turned out it was Becky’s, who is so sweet, having never met her before, and I did so much enjoy her beautiful sunset photo and commented and she replied thank you, but wasn’t sure if my comment was for her or for you! Anyway, I hope you had a lovely Christmas (seems ages ago already doesn’t it?) and that the New Year is starting out well for you. I remember our couple of days in St Ives last May so happily, before it got cut short to rush back (youngest had gallbladder surgery at last in September…) and we did enjoy part of the beautiful coastal path, but would have loved to have done more. So coming here, I can pretend and take in the gorgeous, calming sights thanks to your as always beautiful pics. Glad the doggy smells don’t carry across…how rude of people…’nuff said… xxx

    1. Heyjude says:

      To be fair, most people do remove the dog waste, but the few who don’t really spoil it for others. And the aggressive dog owner was unpleasant too. But it is a fabulous beach all said and done. I hope you are settling into your new home and enjoying being there. Can’t wait for you to show us all around! How is Aspie daughter these days? Is she managing OK on her own? Seems like we both had family emergencies to deal with last year, let’s hope this one is less traumatic.

      1. Yes, true. Always the few who spoil it for the many. The beaches there are all so beautiful. Settling in slowly thanks – and how are things going for you? Well I hope. Just now beginning to feel that it’s really ours! I’ve barely taken any pics so far, can’t believe we’ve been here almost three months. So sorry to hear you had a family emergency Jude, hope all is well now. I do so hope this year is better, it’s taking me a while to get back on my feet. Aspie has had a very rough time, ongoing while we were moving. A bit better now… Do you have a different email address? I sent you one a while back but don’t think you got it. Here’s to a better year for us both…big hugs… xxx

        1. Heyjude says:

          Email address still the same Sherri. Or you can try contacting me via the blog contact page. Be nice to catch up with all your news 🙂

        2. Okay, thanks Jude and likewise with your news 🙂 I’ll email you this week…and I will try to get a blog post out too, ha, wonders never cease… ! xxx

  9. Peter Klopp says:

    Beautiful set of photos of your home turf! I can imagine how disgusted you were of having encountered dog poo in such otherwise beautiful surrounding.

  10. I love the churchyard photos, although the beach looks pretty great too. 🙂

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