Being nearly 2 mile long Perranporth is one of the longest beaches in Cornwall . When the tide comes in the beach is split into two; Perranporth and Perran Sands. The area is backed by sand dunes that include St Piran’s cross and buried underneath the sand are the ruins of St Piran’s Oratory.
Perranporth Beach, Cornwall
Occupying the majority of the 2 mile stretch of sand, Perranporth beach can get very busy during the summer with families and when the conditions are good, surfers. The beach is flat which means that the tide rises quickly but there are lifeguards on duty during the summer months. There is a phone located at the Surf Life Saving Club for emergency at all other times of the year. The main town is close by and has a good supply of car parking space. Literally on the beach is a very popular nightspot for both local and tourists ‘The Watering Hole’, which has live music most of the year.
Perran Sands – Perranporth, Cornwall
This is a much smaller beach than Perranporth itself and is ideal if you fancy a quiet walk or surf away from the hustle of other beaches in the area. Beginners are advised to stay to the southern half of the beach as this is where the lifeguards patrol. If you fancy a fairly long walk the Penhale corner next to the rocks on the northern side has some good waves and is sheltered from northerly winds.