So who, when and why did this bizarre message appear on Porthgwidden Beach, just in time for the Google Street View car to turn up and snap it?!
Porthgwidden beach sits in the lee of ‘the Island’, the large rocky headland that sits at the limit of the St Ives peninsula. Just around the corner from the much bigger and wilder Porthmeor beach, Porthgwidden is much more sheltered from wind and waves. It’s a great spot for catching a few rays and families with all the facilities at hand including car parking and a good cafe.
Just around the headland from its bigger neighbour is the small sandy cove of Porthgwidden beach. Porthgwidden sits in the lee of the Island so is sheltered from the prevailing south-westerly winds, this makes it a veritable sun trap and is a great spot for catching some rays.
The beach is also sheltered from the waves to a large extent and on rough days you can see the waves going past the headland, missing the beach. Only on the biggest swells do the waves actually break onto the beach here. Given the relatively calm seas Porthgwidden is a great spot to take a dip, however, there is no lifeguard service here so extra care is advised. For the safety of bathers there are a line of buoys and all but the strongest swimmers should stay within them.
There are plenty of facilities at Porthgwidden beach with a a large car park behind, toilets and disabled access. The cafe here is run by the same people as the Porthminster Cafe, so no worries there. You can even hire one of the beach huts for the day, ideal for families as you can store all your towels, buckets and spades inside whilst you recline on a lounger outside!