Porthallow on the lizard

Link to a map of Porthallow

Porthallow Cove has a pebbly beach and is a sheltered part of the East coast of the Lizard.  Backed by the small village this is an idyllic spot for water users, with parking on the beach and easy access to crystal clear waters.  Popular with divers and recreational craft the Cove remains home to a small fleet of commercial fishing craft.

From the water there are views north towards Falmouth bay and south towards the Manacles which stretch out to sea and are home to hundreds of shipwrecks.  The mouth of the River Helford is just north of the cove.

Geologists regularly visit the beach as it is the location of the glacial fault line which separates the Lizard from the rest of Cornwall. 



There are public toilets and the Five Pilchards Pub located beside the beach.

Parking is on the beach.  The charge is a voluntary donation, which we encourage as all monies go to the upkeep of the Cove which is run by the Village.

What to expect

It's a good idea to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time as there is a little 'faff' associated with boating activities, usually getting changed, allocating equipment, having a chat and deciding what to pack in the dry bag.  At the start of the session you will receive a short shore briefing covering:-

  1. The tour route or details of the taster
  2. Safety considerations including, communication, equipment and hazards
  3. An introduction on how to Stand Up Paddleboard
  4. Then it's time to hit the water

There will be plenty of time for asking questions and paddling tips are provided during the trip as appropriate. 

What to wear

What to wear on a SUP is personal choice, but we recommend:-

  • Spring: full length wetsuits are best even on sunny days as the water hasn't warmed up yet.  It is always good to bring a wind proof jacket and warm hat even if we stow them in a dry bag.  If you know you get cold it may be worth bringing gloves. 
  • Summer:  a shortie wetsuit is ideal, but plenty of us paddle in summer with a full length wetsuit on.  A wind proof and a hat are always a good idea. 
  • Autumn:  The weather varies so much and the water is warm in Autumn.  We would recommend  a full length wetsuit (Winter wetsuit later in Autumn) and bring along spares of a waterproof jacket and hat.  Wetsuit boots if you feel the cold and if the weather is cooler.
  • On your feet: Stand up Paddle Boarding is easier bare feet, however many people opt to wear wetsuit shoes or old trainers, particularly for launching off rocky shores and on cold days neoprene boots are essential.

If you require a wetsuit we recommend hiring through Bathsheba Surf Shop in Perranporth and you will receive a discount if you mention SUP in a Bag. 

What to bring?

  • Bring a drinks bottle (reusable ideally) and small snack for two hour trips
  • Suncream, as the effects of the sun while on the water are stronger than on land.  Don't forget your feet!
  • Bring a towel for the shore

If you have any questions at all please Contact Us

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