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Perranporth

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Three miles of flat golden sand backed by high sand dunes. Arguably one of the best beaches in Europe. Very popular with surfers, families and sun worshippers who hide away in the dunes. There is even a small stream that runs through the beach which is a magnet for little children with their bucket and spades and little nets. At the lower end of the tide there are 3 miles of beach but this is cut into two in the latter stages of the tide with the western end forming Penhale Beach backed by Perran Sands.

Facilities

The beach is more or less in the town with easy access to shops/restaurants and tea rooms. There is even a pub on the beach (The Watering Hole).
During high season there are trampolines, volley ball and ice cream huts on the beach.
Both Penhale and Perranporth beaches are on the South West Coastal Path and there are some wonderful walks through the sand dunes.

Toilets: Yes
Lifeguard service during the summer months
Dogs: Unusual for north coast beaches dogs are permitted all year. However, the beach is cleaned daily and there are facilities and instructions for dog waste.
Parking: Alongside the beach, one above the beach on the cliff top (steep walk down the hill). One further park in the town. During August parking can be a problem in the beach car park.

Directions

Easy to find - just a few miles west of Newquay, it is only a small town with one main street with the beach leading off.

Summary

A remarkable beach offering an excellent beach holiday for all the family. Accommodation in Perranporth is limited and somewhat stretched during high season.