Located on the north coast of Cornwall, roughly 8 miles from the busy town of Newquay, is the north-facing, sandy beach of Perranporth. The village's modern named is derived from Porth Piran, the patron saint of Cornwall who built a church here in the 7th century. Buried by the drifting sand dunes for hundred of years, it was unearthed later on in the 19th century. At low tide almost two miles of golden sands appear, stretching from Droskyn point in the south to Liggar Point to the north. Backed by huge aeolian sand dunes and hundreds of rock pools, Perranporth is popular with surfers taking advantage of the consistent surfing conditions. Head to the Penhale, hidden nestled in the northern corner of the bay for some peace and quiet. A small tidal bathing pool can be found on the southern side of Chapel rock and is very popular with families due to the safe swimming conditions. During the summer the pool's tidal water can reach Mediteranean temperatures in the late afternoon. The southern end of the beach exhibits impressive cliffs and natural arches as well as the remnants of old mining infrastructure. Although the RNLI do operate a lifeguard service, dangerous rip currents can occur, especially around Chapel rock during an ebbing tide. Dog friendly all year round but must be kept on a lead between July and August, 9am - 5pm.
Follow directions to Perranporth. Parking can be found directly on the beach or in the village.
Postcode: TR6 0ND
Lat / Lon: 50.349499, -5.15494
OS Explorer Map: 104 - Redruth & St Agnes
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