Our local beach at Perranuthnoe

The broad sandy beach at Perranuthnoe at low tideWe often over look our local beach at Perranuthnoe for a walk on the sands but with a unexpected late October day of sunshine  “lent” from summer and the car in the garage, we walked down to the village and our own familiar local haunt.

Perran beach is a tempting tidal expanse of soft sands flanked by warm terracotta cliffs softened by tamarisk and so popular with locals and visitor and passing walkers in the summer months.

Perranuthnoe beach is swept clean of footprints by the tide each day as it envelopes the sands to lap the steps and slipway under the cliff, before emerging phoenix like again from the sea, smoothly rippled by sea patterns, as the waves retreat. The broad sandy beach at Perranuthnoe at low tide

We were so lucky yesterday that it was low tide but we were tempted to cross the granite style above the beach to walk along the coastal path a little way to the headland to the west. A little more time and energy would have taken us through to Marazion, a pleasant stroll away along the low earthy cliffs if you have an hour or two to spare.

Each step bough a different view walking along the edge of the tiny fields that are still worked to produce vegetables within reach of the spray of the sea and as we walked, we   paused every few steps  to admire the expanse of beach and sharp spine of Cudden Point silhouetted against the pale blue sky. Acton castle eastwards of Perran looked closer today somehow,  across the bay, above the lush cattle grazed fields but today it was our pilgrimage to Perranuthnoe Beach.

A passing walker saw me fiddling with the camera and offered to take our pictures together for a memory for Christmas time – how kind was that?

autumn bracken above the cornish beach of perranuthnoe

As we reached the point we felt the tug of the wind and turned back towards the shelter of the beach to sit in the warm sunshine and watch the world go by. I went down to crouch at the waters edge to photograph the wave  and after a few minutes watched the sea slip quietly back over my footprints – the tide was returning to claim the beach and it was time to go home.

low tide exposes the beach at Perranuthnoe


More info about Perranuthnoe Beach or Perran as the locals call it

Sea ripples left in the sands at low tide at PerranuthnoeThe gently sloping beach is good for swimming through out the year with lifeguards this year (2016) for the height of the summer months. It’s a surfer’s haven when a southerly swell rolls in later in the year and a pleasant half a mile walk along the waters edge for strollers.

There is ample car parking £4 with an over flow fields and public loos – it’s kept up by local people so a donation would be appreciated.

Places to eat in Perranuthnoe

picnic table and chairs above the seaThe Cabin café an elegant wood framed glass building is beside the slipway with spectacular views.

The Peppercorn cafe is a more tradition granite building with log burning stove  set among the galleries and shops at Linfield craft centre.

The Victorian Inn An award winning gastro pub that is open though most of the day in the summer months with cream teas in the afternoons.

To reach Perranuthnoe Beach from Ednovean Farm

Perranuthnoe beach is just a short walk down through the fields at Ednovean Farm to the village for our Bed and Breakfast guests and then a stroll through Perranuthnoe with maybe a little window shopping in the galleries along the way!. Should you drive the only road into Perranuthnoe ends at the  slipway to the beach with the car park just to the left of the road before the Trebarvah turning. I hope you enjoy walking the sands as much as we did!

If you would like to read other posts about Perranuthnoe

Find out more about perranuthnoe a sandy beach at low tide



About Christine Taylor

Christine has written a weekly blog about life at Ednovean Farm and interesting places to visit in West Cornwall for over ten years now, concentrating on those off the beaten track places that only the locals find. Charles and Christine Taylor have hosted Luxury Bed and Breakfast at Ednovean Farm Nr Penzance in West Cornwall since 1991 and live there with three cats and five horses, including a Spanish Stallion called Danni. Ednovean Farm has been awarded AA five star gold for Bed and breakfast and is included in The Michelin Guide and The Alastair Sawday Guide . The Farmhouse and gardens has been featured in BBC Homes and Antiques, Homes and Gardens. Period Living and 25 Beautiful Homes as well as being used as a film and photo shoot location.

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