A Cornish Adventure Part 2: Portreath

Portreath and Pepperpot fisheye
FUJIFILM X-E2 Samyang 8mm f8 1/1400s Portreath and the Pepperpot

Next up in my Cornwall series, the lovely little seaside town we stayed in; Portreath. North of St Ives and near Redruth, Portreath proved to be the perfect spot to stay with most of Cornwall within a 30 minute drive.

The town is mostly built around it’s sandy beach which is particularly popular with surfers. Steep hills surround both sides offering excellent views of the sea and town below.

Town of Portreath
FUJIFILM X-E2 XC 21mm f8.0 1/350s Portreath

A small harbour hugs the northern edge of the town, with a steep winding road leading up to one of Portreath’s most distinctive landmarks; the Pepperpot.

Portreath Harbour and Pepperpot
FUJIFILM X-E2 XC 50mm f8.0 1/420s Portreath Harbour
Houses by the beach
FUJIFILM X-E2 XC 16mm f9.0 1/280s Houses by the beach

The other landmark of the town is the nearby Gull Rock, an outcrop just off the beach. It was a great subject to test out some long exposures, however the strong winds and rapidly encroaching tide didn’t help.

Sea long exposure
FUJIFILM X-E2 XC 37mm f11.0 7s Gull Rock long exposure (Hoya ND1000)
Sea long exposure
FUJIFILM X-E2 XC 23mm f11.0 8.5s Portreath beach long exposure

The mixture of sand and shingle beach proved to be popular with the kids, I’m sure in the warmer summer months it would be an excellent destination.

Playing on the beach
FUJIFILM X-E2 XC 35mm f9.0 1/240s Playing on the beach

The Pepperpot is a “daymark” (a sailing navigation aid), and whilst getting closer to it wasn’t difficult it did involve a bit of hairy parking on an extremely steep incline. You are rewarded with some beautiful views of both the Atlantic and the town once you get there though.

Sunset at the Pepperpot
FUJIFILM X-E2 XC 34mm f9.0 1/350s The Pepperpot
View of portreath from above
FUJIFILM X-E2 XC 16mm f9.0 1/140s Portreath

I can’t recommend Portreath enough for a quiet base for a Cornish holiday, we stayed in the Gwel an Mor resort which was also fantastic.

Pepperpot Fisheye
FUJIFILM X-E2 Samyang 8mm f8 1/1250s Pepperpot Fisheye

Other parts in the Cornwall Series:

St Ive's Beach

A Cornish Adventure Part 1: St Ives

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A Cornish Adventure Part 2: Portreath

Next up in my Cornwall series, the lovely little seaside town we stayed in; Portreath. North of St Ives and near ...
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Caught in the Sights

A Cornish Adventure Part 3: Pendennis Castle

On the most easterly tip of Falmouth sits Pendennis Castle, a fort built by King Henry VIII which saw use ...
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Lizard Cove Long Exposure

A Cornish Adventure Part 4: The Lizard

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