Perranuthnoe beach

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

Season: winter

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

Winter visit photo gallery


The joy of being near the beach.


A deserted beach at Perranuthnoe.

Season: spring

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

Spring visit photo gallery


The rejuvenating effect of the beach for Helen.

Season: summer

What a great beach to be walking on during a bright summer’s morning in Penwith!  The ebb tide had 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 Mount’s Bay and north of Rinsey Cove, lets you look way out to sea and yet still feel safely harboured.  This is a magical place.

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

It was a mild, bright morning for the first spring manonabeach® visit to 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 looked 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 Mount’s Bay at Marazion, both of which can be easily reached from here via the South West Coast Path.  There is no pressing need though, because this beach has excellent parking, toilets, good surf, plus first class shops and a pub in the village, all 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.

2 thoughts on “Perranuthnoe beach

  1. Lesley

    Perranuthnoe beach is very special to me. It’s where I spent most days with my children when they were small, playing in the sand and learning to swim and then surf. It holds many happy memories. It’s a wonderful family beach and the whole area has a wonderful, peaceful, relaxing feel to it.


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