Perranporth Penhale Sands


Perranporth Penhale Sands
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency

Penhale Sands sits behind Perran Sands and together with Perranporth Beach (Village End) they form a three mile stretch of golden, sandy beach with good surfing conditions. The beach is easily accessible and is backed by a formidable dune system.


Popular activities here are swimming, rockpooling, surfing, fishing and sea canoeing - zoning is in place for water sports.

Wildlife and Walks

A pleasant walk can be taken through the dunes above the beach to St. Piran’s Cross and ruins of St. Piran’s Oratory. The beach is located on the South West Coastal path where there is ample walking. The wildlife in the dunes is worth investigating - a perfect habitat for insects and amphibians.

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency, during the bathing season, 15th May to 30th September.
Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

Excellent — the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest

Good — generally good water quality

Sufficient — meets minimum standards

Poor — You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency
More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


This Weather Widget is provided by the Met Office

Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Strong currents Strong currents
Large breaking waves Large breaking waves
Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
Deep shelving beach Deep shelving beach

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Facilities at Perranporth Penhale Sands

Campsite Campsite Food Food Toilets Toilets Bins Bins



Pay parking available.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are welcome but must be kept on leads between July and August (9am-5pm).

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned daily during the summer.



Dates and times

Service provided by RLNI

Daily: 20th May - 1st October 2017

Please ensure you read beach notice boards for any changes to lifeguard service. Please see safety tab for more information on beach safety.