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, showcasing this fine beach, with small, clean breakers at the water’s edge. Although it was cold, the air was still and I enjoyed a chat with two horse riders on the beach.
With Janie and Belinda on the sand at Perranporth beach.
A wistful, winter sky was the highlight of this early morning visit. 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.
Carol takes this beach with her wherever she goes.
A dawn scene at the expansive Perranporth beach.
A low tide combined with a sea mist to produce an atmospheric scene for this visit. As the sun began to burn off the mist, the sky was 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.
Nigel would be here anyway, even without his hobby.
One of Cornwall’s most popular beaches, Perranporth has plenty of beach-side parking. It’s a large, dangerous North Coast beach, often featured in beach rescue programmes on TV. This is a great beach to happily combine natural beauty and sociable action.
The rip tides and shifting sand had attracted a joint Plymouth University / RNLI team to investigate sand movement. Here is Tim Scott from the university research team.
The apparatus set up by Plymouth University to test the movement of sand during tidal change on Perranporth beach .