Portwrinkle

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Portwrinkle is a tiny seaside village perched above two lovely beaches on the south east Cornish, with spectacular views along Whitsand Bay.

About Portwrinkle

Portwrinkle is a tiny seaside village on the South East coast of Cornwall, situated slightly east of Downderry and Looe. Traditionally a fishing village, it still has its harbour today, and you can still see the remains of the 17th centrury pilchard cellars, although they have now been incorporated into local housing. Smuggling was also popular along this stretch of coastline, and the old coastguard boathouse and the cottages which housed the men and their families can still be seen. 

The village enjoys spectacular views along Whitsand Bay, and benefits from two main beaches, plus a few more smaller beaches nearby. The largest, sandy beach, Finnygook, is very popular with experienced surfers, and also with families. At low tide plenty of rock pools are revealed, perfect for delving into and discovering an array of fascinating sea life. There is also the fabulous Gook Beach Café, serving a delicious selection of hot and cold food to eat in, dine alfresco, or take away. There is a seasonal dog ban on this beach, however, the slightly smaller shingle beach at Hoodny Cove is dog-friendly all year round.

The nearest shop to Portwrinkle is the Crafthole village Post Office and community store, just half a mile away, where you will also find the excellent Finnygook Inn. A few minutes' drive in the other direction, you will find everything you need in the way of shops, cafés, pubs and restaurants in the neighbouring fishing villages of Looe and Polperro. For fun and educational, all-weather family days out, both the Monkey Sanctuary near Looe, and the famous Eden Project are well worth a visit.

A holiday cottage in Portwrinkle offers a fantastic seaside retreat right next to the beach, with everything else you need to make your holiday memorable within a very short drive.

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Whitsand Bay Surf School
(4 miles)

A stone’s throw from Plymouth, Liskeard and Looe, Whitsand Bay Surf School Was founded in 2011 and has built a solid reputation as one of the UK’s most exciting and unique surf schools and coasteering providers. In the beautiful Whitsand Bay, you learn how to catch waves and get to your feet on the sand before taking to the water to carve up those waves under the supervision of our Surf Lifeguard trained instructors, or for those who have it all sussed you can simply hire the kit. Courses, family lessons, beginner lessons, kids’ parties, private lessons and hen or stag parties are all available, while coasteering is available for groups of four or more.

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The Monkey Sanctuary
(5 miles)

Not perhaps what you might expect to find in Cornwall, The Monkey Sanctuary is a delightful opportunity to learn about its 36 inhabitants, all of whom have distinct characters and personalities.  An active rescue centre dealing with individuals that have often not had a very happy start to life, the priority is always their wellbeing, but it’s also an opportunity for guests to meet them and learn about the organization, explore the gardens and cultivated meadows, shop or relax in the café.  There’s also a play area for children, with views of the Cornish coast.  The sanctuary is closed on Fridays, but otherwise open from March to September (dates vary from year to year, so keep an eye on the website).  Prices start at £8.50 per adult and £5 for children, which entitles you to entry for a whole year.

http://www.monkeysanctuary.org/

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Great place they do a lot of good work for the monkeys! It’s just sad to hear some of the stories of how they were kept!

June 2018


Looe Golf Club
(6 miles)

While most golf courses claim a degree of outdoor beauty, Looe Golf Course really takes the biscuit, with panoramic views of the peaks of Dartmoor and the Tamar estuary to the east, Looe Island and the channel to the south, and the Cornish moors to the west and north. The club welcomes visitors and has a fully licensed bar and catering facilities as well as free parking, practice putting green and practice net, and a well-equipped Pro Shop all available. 

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Enjoy 18 holes discounted to £20 per person with your Toad Hall Cottages Discount Card

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Adrenaline Quarry

Adrenaline Quarry
(6 miles)

With the tag line ‘throwing people off cliffs since 2009’, what’s not to love about Adrenaline Quarry? Home of zip wires, coasteering, a giant swing and axe throwing they offer the complete adrenaline experience. Priding themselves on the number of adrenalin junkies, thrill seekers, bold mums and dads, toddlers, grandpas, little boys and girls, and old ladies that flock to South East Cornwall for the chance to fly down a zip wire or power a hovercraft solo around the quarry lake, they like to prove themselves as the place to go for outdoor adventures. Cornwall is home to a wealth of extreme sports and this is a wonderful place to start – they even offer hen and stag parties, or wedding parties for the truly dedicated. 

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Kartworld
(6 miles)

Cornwall’s self-proclaimed ‘top go-karting centre’, Kartworld caters to all ages, with custom tracks and go karts for toddlers, children and adults.  If you really want to test your skills, you can even participate in real races!  There’s an 800-metre track (plenty of room for overtaking), long, fast, straight sections, and they have an exceptional safety record. You can even print out your lap times to take home.  For adults meanwhile, there’s the chance to participate in the grand prix experience.  It’s just 45-minutes from Newquay, refreshments and facilities are all available, as well as parking, and prices start at £12 for adults and £8 for children.

http://www.kartworldcornwall.co.uk/

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Finnygook Inn
(Less than a mile)

The Finnygook is set in a superb position, offering stunning views of the Tamar Valley, looking down over miles of sandy beaches. This friendly pub & restaurant serves local Cornish beers and real ales, and a varied menu of homemade food featuring locally caught fish and the finest cuts of locally sourced meats. Four legged friends are also welcomed.

Finnygook Inn, Cliff Road, Crafthole, Torpoint, Cornwall, PL11 3BQ (T: 01503 230338)

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Friendly staff and excellent food.

October 2017


Great food every visit so good we kept going back boring I know but when food is this good why go anywhere else also very friendly staff and front of house

September 2017


lovely pub, great home cooked food. friendly atmosphere. good choice of ales and dog friendly. Dog even named after the beer tribute.

September 2017


Blue Plate Restaurant
(3 miles)

Quality local food on the Cornish coast, lovingly prepared and simply presented. With a restaurant, bar, sun terrace, deli and café, The Blue Plate restaurant caters for every culinary mood.

Blue Plate Restaurant, Main Road, Downderry, Torpoint PL11 3LD (T: 01503 250308)

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Had a lovely lunchtime meal here . Would recommend.

May 2018


Inn on the Shore
(3 miles)

Traditional Cornish village inn perched on a cliff top, with stunning views of Downderry beach and the ocean beyond.

Local cask ales and excellent locally sourced food with an extensive menu, serving breakfasts, light snacks, cream teas, à la carte meals and carveries in the bar, restaurant, conservatory, or outside decked area. There's also an enclosed lawned garden and children's play area to keep the little people happy.

Inn on the Shore, Downderry, Torpoint, Cornwall PL11 3JY (T: 01503 250027)

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Fantastic sea views from this place, nice restaurant too.

October 2018


Not been before.

January 2018


Summink Different
(3 miles)

Located in the heart of Downderry minutes from the beach this great little cafe offers healthy, freshly made food all cooked on site and including a range of vegan and gluten free options. Drop in for organic coffee, something from the extensive tea menu or a freshly made juice or smoothie along with delicious home made cakes and snacks.  Daily specials and takeaway available. 

Summink Different   Broadyard, Downderry PL11 3LX (T: 01503 250311) 

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Waves Bar
(4 miles)

Modern Bar & Café on the beautiful, rugged South Cornish coastline, with spectacular views across the bay. Serving quality food with a focus on value for money, and a great atmosphere.

Waves Bar, Bridge Rd, Seaton, Torpoint PL11 3JD (T: 01503 250065)

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A lovely place to sit and watch the sea. Cosy in Winter with a hot chocolate or in Summer with a beer! There is a good restaurant upstairs.

October 2018


Excellent bar/restaurant,downstairs dog friendly,upstairs glass fronted with great views across season beach ,a changing menu weekly but all we have tried is 1st class ,also friendly owners ,a must visit

July 2017


Seaton Beach - Cornwall
(4 miles)

A spacious, grey sand beach that’s popular with families, Seaton Beach enjoys views across the green, surrounding countryside and walks in Seaton Valley nearby. At low tide the beach stretches all the way from Seaton Beach to Downderry Beach.  There are facilities close by and there is are two car parks as well as road parking, but it does get busy quickly in the summer.  The beach is great for surfing, but do be wary of undercurrents.  There’s also a café and beach shop close by as well.  Dogs are welcome at the beach all year round.

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Great beach dog friendly and no mess everyone respected the fact they could take dogs there

September 2017


Great beach easily accessible and dog friendly

September 2017


Visited Seaton Beach several times during our stay fantastic dog friendly beach with the advantage of having the river as well my dog enjoyed swimming in the sea and the river thoroughly recommend this beach.

June 2017


Millendreath Beach
(6 miles)

Millendreath Beach is a south facing beach at the foot of a wooded valley, in a sheltered cove with soft sand and lots of rock pools to explore at low tide.  It’s connected to other nearby beaches by the South West Coast Path.  Dogs aren’t allowed on this beach at any time of the year, and there is a reasonably sized car park a few minutes walk away.  The beach is popular with families on holiday in Cornwall, and most of the surrounding area is occupied by a holiday park, so there are lot of facilities open to the public.

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Plaidy Beach
(6 miles)

A small and pleasant grey sand beach with rocks exposed at low tide, Plaidy Beach is simply a nice place to visit and take in the scenery.  There aren’t any facilities, and there’s no parking nearby so it’s one to reach on foot.  There’s a slipway to the beach, but you will have to access it by walking along the coast path, parking at Millendreath or Looe and it’s worth keeping in mind that it’s quite steep from both directions.  Millendreath is closer and the walk should take around 20 minutes.  Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round, so it’s a charming place to take them for a walk while you’re in the area.

 

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Great to walk to at low tide on the beach or at high tide via the footpath. Great dog friendly beach.

August 2018


Hannafore Beach
(6 miles)

Half a mile west of Looe, stretching along the coast, Hannafore Beach is a sandy, shingle bay with a rocky reef and views of St George’s Island.  At low tide it’s brimming with rock pools, making it fun and games for the whole family to enjoy, and it’s a wonderful sun trap in summer months thanks to its south east facing position.  Because of its location over the river, the beach never really becomes too busy, but equally there aren’t any facilities nearby.  It’s popular with dog walkers as it’s amongst the few dog-friendly beaches in the area, and having explored you can extend your excursion to a stroll along the promenade or a potter around the coast path to the wonderfully scenic Talland Bay.  There is roadside parking along the sea front above the beach, but it can be difficult to find a space.  Alternatively, there is a large car park in West Looe, around 10 minutes away on foot.

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Lovely for the dogs!

August 2018


Really nice beach and walk

June 2018


An interesting beach, but beware the incoming tide !

April 2018


Great beach. Good view of looe island. Loads of shells to collect. Lots of dog walkers tho!

August 2017


One of the many dog friendly beaches we visited lovely coastal walks to Talland Bay the nature reserve island is very interesting great refreshments available and not forgetting the free parking available all day which is very useful.

June 2017


Looe Beach
(7 miles)

In East Looe, the beach sits directly in front of the old town, sheltered by the Banjo Pier and overlooked from the east by the hillside of Mount Ararat.  A good family beach that has something for everyone, at low tide the sandy location is safe for swimming although it’s recommended you steer clear of the river mouth beyond the pier.  The beach backs on to a seafront walkway which runs its length all the way to Second Beach to the east, where it tends to be less busy and it’s good for snorkeling.  As it’s in the centre of the town there are lots of facilities and cafes nearby, but in the summer it’s a very popular spot and parking can be tricky, with traffic prohibited during these months, so be prepared for a bit of a walk.

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A wonderful place to sit relax eat an ICECREAM or a pastie, if the seagulls will let you! Perfect beach x

August 2018


You cannot fail to love Looe beach, early morning, during the day or for and evening stroll. A super clean beach.

May 2018


Lovely sandy beach. No dogs allowed but there is a small cove at the far end which allows dogs to enjoy their holiday too with a dip in The English Channel.

May 2018


Looe beach and seafront is cleaned every day (in season?) and looks good. A joy to sit and watch the sea and people passing by.

April 2018


Really good! Good sand and sea. Activities for the kids too. Difficult to get to cos no parking nearby.

August 2017


Lovely beach and even when it was busy didn't feel overcrowded

August 2017

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