16. Lelant Towans

Lelant Beach is a small beach that marks the eastern extent of the dunes and is east facing, toward the dunes across the estuary (Harvey Towans). The main beach is Porthkidney Beach, which is on the western side of the estuary and is north facing.

Lelant Beach is backed by hard cliff and stone wall sea defences.

The north facing Porthkidney Beach is wide and gently sloping. The sand is very soft and medium-fine grained with a high shell content. The active face is high and steep with some slumping at the toe. There is fresh sand exposed on the Lelant Beach side.

Walkover report and photos of 26 January 2022


Lack of any management. Recreational pressure. Lack of any info/data on state of system.
Potential Actions
Work with local community groups to develop a Beach Dune Management Plan and Coastal Change Adaptation Plan. Designate as a Coastal Change Management Area to control unsustainable development.
Obtain a better understanding of sediment budget and processes within the Hayle Estuary.

Community Groups
Save Our Sands (SoS) – Hayle Community Action Group.
Key Stakeholders

  • Lelant Golf Club
  • Network Rail.
CCMA potential

Shoreline Management Plan
SMP Management Area: MA27
SMP Policy Unit: PU27.1
SMP Policies:
  • Present - Managed Realignment
  • Transition - Managed Realignment
  • Target - Managed Realignment
Link to SMP Chapter 4 assessment for Management Area 27

A link to the Lelant page on the 'Let's Talk Cornwall' website will appear here in due course.