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Perranporth Further Information

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About Perranporth

Although there is very little to see regarding this small town's mining past, its Celtic heritage is still remembered on an annual basis during the 'Lowender Peran Festival', which brings all the Celtic nations together through music and dance.
Just a short distance from the town, high in the sand dunes near Penhale beach is the 'St Pirans Oratory'. Built on the site of St Pirans Grave, the remains of this 6th or 7th century building lay under the shifting sands, they were eventually revealed in 1835. Now, reburied, a simple plaque marks the site. The saint, who travelled from Ireland to Cornwall, his landing is marked by a tall granite cross, 'St Pirans Cross', one of only a few 3 holed Celtic crosses in the country.
In the town is the Perranzabuloe Folk Museum, it has local collections on archaeology, science and social history.
Perranporth will always be linked with Winston Graham, the author of the Poldark novels, he settled in Perranporth in the 1930's
What has Perranporth to offer today apart from it's superb beach:
It is a pleasant little town with the majority of its little shops, restaurants, tea rooms all in the main street just a stones throw from the beach.
It certainly does not have the hectic night life of its more famous neighbour, Newquay, (10 min. drive away). It does have some good pubs, one of which is on the beach.
Over recent years more and more visitors have discovered this relatively quiet little seaside resort, it is popular with families seeking a traditional Cornish beach holiday and also with surfers who enjoy the wide open spaces.


Well worth a mention for Perranporth is its fine links golf course. Situated immediately above the village on the sand dunes it is 6292 yards par 72 creating a challenge for both low and high handicaps. The golf course also boasts an excellent restaurant and bar.
For visitors considering a round, the secretary can be contacted on 01872 573701


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.


The accommodation in Perranporth is quite limited considering its popularity. This consists of:
Bed and breakfast in Perranporth - The guest houses are quite limited and well spread throughout the centre and countryside area. Not forgetting, Newquay is only 10 minutes away with considerably more accommodation.
Perranporth Hotels - These are few in number and tend to be concentrated in the centre.
Selfcatering in Perranporth - Again, quite limited. However, there is a large caravan site above the town at Perran Sands.