Located on the North coast of Cornwall, Perranporth is a north west facing, sandy beach that stretches out over nearly 2 miles.
The name Perranporth comes from St. Pirans the patron saint of tin miners. St. Piran is generally associated as the patron saint of Cornwall. The town of Perranporth is a small coastal holiday resort that finds itself between sand dunes and high rocky cliffs.
The beach at Perranporth is often called Perran Sands or just Perran for short. The beach is easily accessible from the town so it’s ideal for all types of beach-goers whether they are looking to surf, sail, relax on the beach or just have a paddle.
Even when the tide is in there is a large area of sand to make use of, when the tide recede though a huge amount of beach is exposed so even on busy days you seem to have plenty of space to yourself.
The beaches runs from Droskyn Point on the left hand or western side of the beach and runs over two miles to Ligger point. The Droskyn Point side of the beach is the main access to the beach situated right next to the town of Perranporth.
This area of Perran sands is backed by sand dunes and is the busiest part of the beach. The further to the right (north east) you travel along the beach toward Ligger Point the quieter the beach becomes, at high tide some the the north part of the beach will become cut off so keep an eye on the tides. This area is less accessible and is backed by high coastal cliffs. A couple of streams run down to the sea across the beach
Uniquely there is also a pub actually on the beach called the Watering Hole. Open all year round you can get a cold drink on a hot summer’s day or take shelter on a cold winter day.
There is a legend that beneath the sand dunes at Perranporth is a buried city called Langarrow. The occupants of this city had become rich from mining tine and copper. Rather than carry on mining for themselves they got criminals to do the work for them. The city became a den of corruption. A storm began and continued for three days covering the city and burying the occupants in the sand.
Getting To And Parking At Perranporth
On the A30 at Chiverton Cross take the on the roundabout signposted A3075 Newquay. Continue just a short distance of about 1 mile on this road and take the left hand turn signposted B2384 Perranporth. This road will lead right into the centre of Perranporth, when you get there take the left turn just after the speed humps. Pass the Tywarnhayle Inn and the beach car park (around 250 cars) is just at the end of the road.
There is another car park if you continue past the beach car park and up the hill on Cliff Road. Follow this road round to the left and you’ll arrive at the Cliff Rd car park (around 300 cars).
Access and Facilities
The access on to the beach via the first car park is level and is suitable for disabled access and push chairs. The Cliff Road car parks main access is down a flight of stairs.
Toilets are just next to each car park with disabled toilets next to the beach car park. Sand chairs are also available.
Lifeguard Patrols and Swimming
Swimming is not advised at Perranporth due to the strong, flash rip tides and currents especially at low tide. It is best to bathe in the flagged area set up by the lifeguard patrol.
The lifeguard patrol is active at Perranporth during the on season which runs from Easter to the end of September. There is also a patrol during weekends in October and during school holidays but be sure to check the RNLI website for details.
Surfing At Perranporth
It is a popular surfing beach during the summer and offers reliable conditions. The southern end of the beach is slightly more sheltered and offers some of the best waves. During the winter the conditions are a bit exposed to strong winds.
Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round. They will need to be kept on a lead during the peak summer months of July and August between 9am and 5pm.