Perranporth beach is located on the north coast of Cornwall about seven miles southwest of Newquay and about 3.5 miles northeast of St. Agnes.
Otherwise known as Perran Beach, Perranporth is a two mile stretch of fine golden sand facing northwest into Ligger Bay. It is bounded to the southwest by Droskyn Point and to the northeast by Ligger Point. At low tide the beach seems almost endless, it is extremely flat, making it a mecca for sand yachting enthusiasts as well as surfers, and kite fliers.
St. Piran, the patron saint of Cornwall, had a small cell like refuge or chapel here amongst the dunes at the northeastern end of the beach but this has been largely swallowed up by the encroaching sands.
After 15 years of campaigning, works to uncover the 6th Century remains of St Piran's Oratory, buried at Penhale Sands, began in March 2014. The site is believed to be among the oldest places of Christian worship in Britain. According to legend, St Piran was born in Ireland in the 6th Century but spent most of his life in Perranporth. After the excavation, a plan will be created to try and ensure its conservation.
All the usual facilities are available in the town at the back of the beach.
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Family friendly
✔ Interesting geology
✔ Tourist information
✔ Lifeguard in summer
✔ Rescue equipment
✔ Good Surfing
OS Explorer Map 104: Redruth & St Agnes
This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.
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:
There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby: