Par Sands Beach
As the name suggests, Par Sands is a wide, sandy beach in Par, just outside St Austell. The-south facing beach is backed by low sand dunes through which there are many paths as well as a small lake.
In the summer the beach can be quite busy as there is a holiday park just over the dunes. It is quite large though so it never feels crowded.
The beach slopes fairly gently here meaning there it's ideal for paddling. However, there is no lifeguard service so care should be taken if swimming.
Depending on which way you look Par Sands beach can have lovely rural views or a contrastingly industrial view of the adjacent china clay works and Par docks.
With little shelter from the southwest it can feel a bit breezy - which is good news for kite-surfers.
Type of beach
No lifeguard cover
Dogs friendly beach?
Dogs allowed all year
There is level access from the car park located right behind the beach
OS grid ref.
SX 0837 5304
Public toilets are a short walk behind the beach. Shop/café and pub close by.
At the rear of the beach
Par Sands Beach Reviews
Par Sands beach
SteveAug 04th 2020
Nicely textured sand - not too fine so easy to wash off afterwards.
Unbelievable amount of seaweed where the water meets the beach - quite slimy and disgusting.
Pretty sights to the left of the beach, but a bit industrial on the harbour side.
Overall impression is “OK, but I wouldn’t specifically seek it out”.
Kids liked it, though.
Extortionate car park charge for a very uneven pothole filled area, very poor as to what it used to be, ruined my childhood memories when I returned
Very dog friendly
Beautiful and large beach. Love that dogs are allowed access all year - a rarity in this part of the country (especially in emmet season).
Madeleine Marina MitchellAug 22nd 2019
full of rotting seaweed and bits of plastic. Hated it.
Inclusive beach for all
An inclusive friendly beach for dog owners and children alike. Good for swimming and evening dog walks.
Like most beaches there will always be those few people who don’t keep their dogs and children under control or take their litter away. Overall a great family beach.
Dogs lose owners no control
C HilledJul 27th 2019
Just trying to eat lunch with dogs running loose with small children not ideal.
4 dogs 4 owners ...dogs running up so not ideal…better beaches for families with out pets. If you are hopeless controlling your dog you will fit in nicely.