It turns out St Austell isn’t on the coast and therefore doesn’t have a beach. It also has a confusing road system. So our journey to what finally turned out to be Porthpean was a little convoluted and probably didn’t put Ian and Julia the best frame of mind to appreciate this little beach on the “Cornish Riviera”. Ian and Julia have never been to the actual Riviera but they can safely say that, when they do, if it’s like this they shall be very disappointed. Porthpean beach isn’t horrible but there isn’t all that much to recommend it.