Par Sands

Beach facilities

View map of beach Parking available Toilets available South West Coast Path Par Beach and St Andrews Road Local Nature Reserve Dog friendly Good water quality for swimming

Season: spring

The balmy spell of weather continued for this spring visit to Par Sands.  Bright yellow gorse was just starting to show on the sand dunes, on a warm, sunny morning.  This area seems to have a bright, post-industrial future, as explained by both my interviewees.  There’s plenty of parking. Tywardreath village has all the amenities you’d want, so I’d strongly recommend a visit.


Paul explains the history of the beach at Par Sands.


With Mike, a friend of Par beach and its ecology, on the sand dunes behind the beach.


The beach at half tide, seen from the sand dunes.

2 thoughts on “Par Sands

  1. Susan Miller

    Thank you so much for this set of videos of Par Beach! My father was born in Par in 1931 [ along with his little sister] My great grandfather worked with china clay – but am not sure where. My grandparents, father and aunt had to move to London – not sure why, maybe the war. My grandparents had such a strong, beautiful Cornish accent – and my father sounded quite ‘London’ but could go back to his Cornish accent at the drop of a hat!

    I have memories of being on this beach as a child and it did ‘squelch’ a lot then! But now the one thing I remember it for is that it sparkles in the sun – so much so that it hurts the eyes. My dad died suddenly in 1992 at only 61, and we brought his ashes ‘home’ as he had asked. In fact .. my daughter and grandchildren will be visiting this summer.

    Thank you once again for giving me a real, live view of Par. I now am retired to northern Portugal – and visited last in 2008 just before we left the UK. I am just praying that the new housing that will bring some more life to Par, doesn’t ruin it’s beautiful wild nature !!!

  2. Sue

    This beach means beautiful sunsets, walking seems like miles to the sea when the tide is out, walking with the dogs and a sense of freedom.


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