Guide to Cornwall's beaches

Perranporth Beach

Perranporth Beach
  • Perranporth Beach Arch
  • droskyn_and_beyond
  • Perranporth Surf
  • perranporth_left
  • perranporth_lines
  • perranporth_sundial
  • watering_hole
  • perranporth_rock_hole

At low tide Perranporth beach and neighbouring Penhale sands join together to form one of the largest stretches of unbroken sand on the North Coast. At one end is Perranporth, the archetypal beach town with the high street backing on to the sand. Progressing towards Penhale Point an extensive network of sand dunes rise behind the beach. This is a Special Area of Conservation and also home to a buried church.

Most of the beach’ facilities and features are located towards the town end of the beach. There are rockpools, caves, a stream and Chapel Rock, with a small bathing pool on its seaward side. A little further along is the ‘Watering Hole’, a pub not just overlooking the beach, but actually right on the beach.
Despite its size Perranporth beach can become very busy with beach-goers concentrated near the town. However, there will always be room further along the beach in front of the dunes.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service

RNLI lifeguard cover: Easter bank holiday, weekends during April, daily from 5 May–30 September and weekends during October

Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed all year. Must be kept on lead in July and August - 9am and 5pm.

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Disabled access

Easy access to the beach along with disabled toilets close by. Perranporth Beach has a sand chair for hire, call either 07591 935222 or 01637 831383



OS grid ref.

SW 7584 5470