Perranporth on the North West coast of Cornwall is a very popular seaside town renowned for surfing, long beaches and beautiful sand dunes.
During the day
Perranporth gives easy access to the West Country Coast Path. Heading southwest will take you along the stunning cliff tops leading to St Agnes. In spring, the cliff tops and hedgerows are spectacular as the wild flowers bust into a riot of colour.
As you walk, keep an eye out for migrating birds returning home. Looking down to the coves at the bottom of the cliffs, you may spot the occasional grey seal, the largest land-breeding mammal in the UK.
Staying on the path but heading north, you will immediately find yourself on one of the most beautiful and extensive beaches with a spectacular backdrop of rolling sand dunes.
Heading inland, the area boasts miles of footpaths and bridleways offering a highly varied choice for walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders.
There are many pretty villages in the area such as Bolingey, a small village just a mile from Perranporth
with a picturesque seventeenth century inn. A spot to stop for refreshments perhaps?
The Bolingey September Fayre is one of the main events in the area. A celebration of local heritage, the fayre includes traditional music and dance, crafts, stalls and games.
There are a number of golf courses in this part of Cornwall, the nearest being Perranporth Golf Club offering some of the finest links golf in the South West of England.
Eating, drinking & catering.
TripAdvisor lists nearly forty places to eat in Perranporth offering a great selection of restaurants, pubs, cafés and takeaways.
If you are planning to eat in, then there is a wide selection of independent shops in the town and two supermarkets.
In the nineteenth century, Perranporth was a tin mining village and you can still see reminders of this industrial heritage along the cliff tops as you head southwest along the coastal path towards St Agnes.
The village's name comes from Porth Peran, Cornish for the cove of Saint Piran, the patron saint of Cornwall. He founded St Piran's Oratory on Penhale Sands in the seventh century. The building remained buried under sand for many centuries until it was unearthed in the nineteenth century. The remains can still be seen today and are shown on the OS Explorer Map (104) for the area.
The A30 is the main road passing within five miles of Perranporth and linking Lands’ End through to Exeter, the M5 and A303. The nearest mainline station is close by in Truro.
The area is well served with airfields (Perranporth and Newquay) for both private and commercial flights. Flybe, Skybus and Ryanair are operating regular domestic and international flights to Newquay with a rapidly growing choice of routes.