We 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
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
Food and drink at Praa Sands?
Yes 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!
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 stick 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?
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
A historic Tudor Tower occasional open to the public and reputed to be the most haunted castle in Britain
Praa sands golf course
A nine hole course with fabulous sea views – very close to the main “A” road
Site of an old copper mine
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!