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 along with an ancient Celtic cross.
Most of Perranporth's facilities and features are located towards the town end of the beach. There are rockpools, caves, a stream and Chapel Rock, with a small tidal 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, particularly as the tide comes in. However, there will always be room further along the beach in front of the dunes.
Type of beach
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.
Easy, level 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
Perranporth Beach Reviews (4)
Louie BillyAug 24th 2023
Lovely beach, don’t understand the boorish review of too many dogs - get a grip or go home. People with dogs are the best.
ChrisAug 17th 2023
Beach is beautiful unfortunately it’s spoilt by dog mess. As we were working on the beach we spotted dog mess on the sand, I’d came out the sea with my 7 year old and there was dog poo rolling down the beach towards the water. This issue needs addressing as it’s going to spoil the gorgeous beach.
Lovely apart from the dogs
SarahAug 02nd 2023
Perranporth beach and Perranporth itself are lovely but I couldn’t believe how many dogs there were!!! Luckily they now have to stay on leads but still I think I will stick to beaches were dogs are banned .
Dog friendly and clean
Good choice of eating and drinking venues. Lovely and flat village suitable for disabled, toilets open all day near beach .