Par Sands lie just to the east of the giant Imerys (English China Clays) drying works at Spit Point, near St. Austell on the South coast of Cornwall.
South-facing, the beach is a mixture of sand and fine silt. Par Sands is backed by sand dunes and is a popular destination for families. It lies within easy reach of The Eden Project, Charlestown and the Lost Gardens of Heligan.
The half mile long beach is very flat and as a consequence requires a long walk to get into the deeper water.
The water is safe for swimming, especially on the eastern side of the beach (as the western end is plagued by silt and can often be muddy). Care whilst bathing should still be exercised. Safety equipment is located behind the beach but there is no lifeguard cover.
The layout of the beach makes it good for wind- and kite-surfing but poor for snorkelling.
There is a large car park behind the beach and access is easy. Facilities here include a shop, café, pub and toilets. Dogs are permitted on Par Sands beach all year round.
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Sandy beach
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Dogs permitted
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Family friendly
OS Explorer Map 107: St Austell & Liskeard
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Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns: