Penhale Sands Beach

Set on the north Cornwall coast Penhale Sands is part of a Special Area of Conservation. At low tide Perran Sands beach joins up with Perranporth Beach to create a beautiful three mile stretch of stunning golden sands.

The beach is backed by Cornwall's most diverse system of sand dunes and is home to the ruins of St Piran's Oratory. The South West Coastal Path runs through these dunes so makes a pleasant walk to explore the area.

Despite being set in front of a couple of large holiday parks Penhale rarely feels busy and easily absorbs all but the biggest of summer crowds.

Penhale Sands Beach can produce some excellent surfing conditions. It is a similar set up to neighbouring Perranporth but tends to pick up a little more swell, particularly at the far end which is known as "Penhale corner".

Also known as:

Perran Sands

Type of beach


Lifeguard service

RNLI lifeguard seasonal cover daily from 19 May to 30 September

Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed all year

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Nudist/naturist beach


OS grid ref.

SW 7622 5670