Perranporth beach

Beach facilities

View map of beach Parking available Toilets available South West Coast Path SSSI Dog friendly RNLI lifeguard cover May 18 - September 29 Beach cleaned regularly Good water quality for swimming

Season: winter

The frosted sand crunched under my feet, on an icy visit to Perranporth in February.  The sky was azure blue and the tide was out, showing off this fine beach at its best, with small, clean breakers at the waterline.  Although it was cold, the air was still and I enjoyed a great chat with two horse riders on the beach.

Winter visit photo


With Janie and Belinda, on the sand at Perranporth beach.

Season: autumn

One of Cornwall’s most popular beaches, Perranporth has plenty of beach-side parking and all the facilities that you might need.  It’s a large, dangerous North Coast beach, often featured on beach rescue programmes on TV.   This is a great beach to visit for both natural beauty and sociable action.


The rip tides and shifting sand had attracted a joint Plymouth University / RNLI team to investigate sand movement, and I featured this in both my films, including a chat with Tim Scott from the university research team.


The apparatus set up by Plymouth University to test the movement of sand on Perranporth beach during tidal change.

Season: spring

A low tide combined with a sea mist to produce an atmospheric scene for this morning re-visit to Perranporth beach.  As the sun began to burn off the mist, the sky began to appear reflected in the sand on the ebb tide.  Regulars and visitors mingled in the acres of space here, with a walk to the end of the beach taking a good half hour.  At times like this, Perranporth is one of the finest beaches to visit in the county.

Spring visit photo gallery


Nigel would be here anyway, even without his hobby.


An atmospheric morning scene on Perranporth beach.

Season: autumn

A wistful, winter sky was the highlight of this early morning visit to Perranporth beach.  Colours fused between the sea and sky on the horizon, subtle whites, greys and blues, with red and black flecks.  At dawn, the sky seemed to wrap itself around the beach to make a self-contained place, without the sharp distinction between the parts that the brighter, daylight sun would bring, later in the day.

Autumn visit photo gallery


Carol takes this beach with her, wherever she goes.


A dawn scene at the expansive Perranporth beach.


2 thoughts on “Perranporth beach

  1. Hannah

    The beach means Sun, Sea and Surf. Golden beaches and Family Fun. BBQs as the sun sets on the horizon, ending with a long walk on the beach with the dog – Great Memories!


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