Praa Sands or Sidney Cove a traditonal beach

Traditional seaside fishing nets - Praa sandsWe visited the traditional sea side beach of Praa Sands this sunday. Praa sands is the sort of place where children are busy making sandcastles above the tide line and surfers seek out the best waves on the horizon; where fine golden sands dust the entrance to the little shops and cafes beside the slipway and the coastal footpath dips down to provide a welcome pit stop for walkers on route to Porthleven.

More info about Praa Sands

popular cornish beach - Praa Sands

Praa sand is a traditional Cornish beach, popular with surfers and families and it often provides a convenient break when walking the coastal footpath for our bed and breakfast guests. The mile long sweep of Praa sands stretches from the National Trust’s Sidney Cove over the river to the expanse of pale soft sands stretching to the quieter Lesceave cliff end (where alas there is no parking.) and Praa is considered teh best surfing beach on the South Coast particularly noted at high tide for its powerful “Barrell Wave”

Where does the name Praa sands come from?

A Cornish man once told me how to pronounce the strange word “Praa” as “Praah” as in prayer – he also told me  the name originated from Porth Wraa or witches cove from the legend of the witch that used to live in Pengersic Castle and gallop out into the night to terrorise the inhabitants

Eat and drink?


glass of wine on a beach bar terraceYes we stopped at the Sandbar for a glass of wine overlooking the beach from the terrace to watch  parents attempted to tempt their toddlers into the water and sea gulls swirl past below casting a winged shadow over the sands. Behind us on the terrace a couple were tucking into a traditional Sunday roast and the live music from the bar washed over us as we watched the waves pull across the sands. As I said this is a traditional seaside experience!


Beachcomber Café

Follow the sandy footprints to join the queue for ice creams and cream teas just off of the beach



Praa sands is a considered the best surfing beach on the south coast with the best waves at high tide near the Sandbar – well personally I’ll seagull and child - Praa sandsstick to my glass of wine and watch the action from there but for the aficionados there is something known as a “barrelling wave”

Surf School – Global boarders


Where is Praa Sands?

The view to the west across Mounts bay from Rinsey


Praa sands lays along the shores of Mounts Bay just east of Prussia Cove and before Rinsey beach yet with the Lizard peninsular visible on the skyline on the horizon. Take the Penzance to Helston A394 and turn sewards just after the Newtown sign – should you miss that turn pass the golf course and take the next turn

Also at Praa Sands

Pengersic Castle

A historic Tudor Tower occasional open to the public and reputed to be the most haunted castle in Britain

Lesceave cliff

Site of an old copper mine 

Praa sands golf course

A nine hole course with fabulous sea views – very close to the main “A” road

RJ Supplies

An end-of-line discount store just beside the post office on the eastern access road. This is a mecca for bargain hunters for that little something you never knew you needed!


Other local beaches

To explore more of the beaches close to Ednovean Farm take a look at these blogs



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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