Perranuthnoe beach

Beach facilities

View map of beach Parking available Toilets available South West Coast Path Dog friendly Good water quality for swimming

Season: spring

The tide was rising at Perranuthnoe for this spring re-visit during the Easter holidays.  The soft cliffs at the back of the beach had been carved out by the winter storms, 20 feet or more back from their position during my last visit.  Seaweed was strewn on the beach, an ever changing sensory experience, full of drama and energy.

Spring visit photo gallery


The rejuvenating effect of the beach for Helen.


A rising tide at Perranuthnoe.

Season: winter

Perranuthnoe is not one of Cornwall’s most heralded beaches, yet its location between Mounts Bay and Praa Sands is spectacular.  There’s usually plenty of space to walk in peace and fine views out to sea in both directions.  The cliff walk round to Mounts Bay, on which I did the interview for this visit, is memorable.  The Cabin is handy for food and drink, just behind the beach.

Winter visit photo gallery


The joy of being near the beach.


A deserted beach at Perranuthnoe.

Season: summer

What a great beach to be walking on, during a bright summer’s morning in West Cornwall.  The ebb tide left a sheen on the sand.  Out at sea, inshore fishing boats collected pots and looked for mackerel.  Perranuthnoe’s stunning location, just round from Mounts Bay and north of Rinsey Cove, lets you look way out to sea and yet still feel safely harboured.  A magical place, highly recommended.

Summer visit photo gallery


With Diane, above Perranuthnoe beach in the morning.


With Lucas and Martin, visiting the beach at Perranuthnoe on their travels.


The outstanding setting for Perranuthnoe beach.

Season: spring

A mild, bright morning for the first spring manonabeach re-visit, at Perranuthnoe.  The high tide left a sheen on the sand, as it started to ebb.  Driving west, you could feel Cornwall waking up for the visitor season, as businesses look forward to greeting new and returning visitors.  In The Sewing Box in the village, Rose told me how the beach held bitter sweet memories for her, as she’d just lost her Greek friend Maria, who lived on the beach there; they would write their names and the date on stones and throw them into the Mediterranean.

Spring visit photo


With Brigid on the beach at Perranuthnoe.


A silver morning, at Perranuthnoe beach in Cornwall.

Season: autumn

This beach is a gem that sits quietly between Praa Sands and Mounts Bay at Marazion, both of which can be easily reached using the South West Coast Path from Perranuthnoe.  There’s no need though, because this beach has excellent nearby parking and toilets, good surf and first class shops and a pub in the village, within walking distance.  There is a choice of cafes to serve the beach and plenty of room on the wide, spacious sand.  If you need a reminder of the power of the sea, just glance at the erosion of the soft cliffs behind the beach.


With Sean and an expectant Jo at Perranuthnoe.

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