Three miles southwest of Helston is Porthleven, a small port set around the massive walls of its stone quay, built to shelter the harbour from winter storms. It's a town with a fast-growing foodie scene that's led many to claim it's set to become the south coast's version of Padstow (a claim that looks to have been underlined since Rick Stein installed one of his franchise restaurants along the quay). There's a big annual food festival, held every year in April, but it's a pretty place to visit at any time of year.
Porthleven is also renowned among British surfers for its right-hand reef break. Colloquially known as 'The Beauty and the Beast', it's definitely for hardcore boarders only – you'll probably end up getting acquainted with the harbour wall if you don't know what you're doing.