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Penhale Sands, Cornwall


  • Located in Perranporth, Cornwall, South West England, England
  • Penhale Sands is a 'Special Area of Conservation' spreading out behind Perran Beach to Holywell Beach and Dunes
  • There are interesting information boards in the local area from which the following chunks of text are taken (photographs of these information boards are included):
  • 'Penhale Sands dune systems is thought to have originated over 5000 years ago and has been used by people ever since for mining, agriculture, religious worship and more recently military training, tourism and recreation. Sealed beneath the shifting sands are many signs of human activity'
  • 'Buried beneath a dune is the ancient oratory of Cornwall's saint, Piran. Near it are the ruins of the old parish church, demolished and moved in 1805 as the sands engulfed it. Every year locals and visitors visit the dunes to celebrate St Piran's Day on a march through the dunes.' To explore the location of St Piran's Oratory and St Piran's Church, look out for Penhale Sands Stone Cross
  • By James Penman

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Penhale Sands Stone Cross, Cornwall

Located in Perranporth, Cornwall, South West England, England

Less than a mile away.

Saint Piran, a sixth century saint, is said to have been washed up on Perran Beach after his expulsion from Ireland. St Piran's Oratory was then built in Penhale Sands. When the sands buried St Piran's Oratory, a church...

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Perran Beach

Located in Perranporth, Cornwall, South West England, England

Less than a mile away.

Massive blond sand beach running from Perranporth north to Ligger Point. It's a superb place and we include it in our Top 10 Recommended Beaches in Cornwall list. Backs onto Penhale Sands, a 'Special Area of Conservation...

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Ligger Point, Cornwall

Located in Perranporth, Cornwall, South West England, England

Approximately 1.1 miles away.

In the northern section of Perran or Ligger Bay, Ligger Point juts out into the sea high above Perran Beach. At low tide, when the huge expanse of sand is revealed, the views are particularly fine. To enjoy the views, fo...

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Sand Castles
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Approximately 1.7 miles away.

Total Bedrooms: 4; Maximum Occupants: 8; Rates: 699 - 1,729 Per Week

Situated in a prominent position just yards from Perranporth Beach, Sand Castles has superb views out to sea. It also features parking for 3 cars, and is within a short walk of the town centre....

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Lakewell Cottage, Lakewell
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Approximately 2.3 miles away.

Rates: 217 - 491 Per Week

Close to the spectacular north coast surfing beaches these two very comfortable and attractively furnished cottages each enjoy their own small gardens adjacent to the owners home and with access to 5 acres of grounds wit...

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Lakewell Barn, Lakewell
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Approximately 2.3 miles away.

Rates: 217 - 491 Per Week

Close to the spectacular north coast surfing beaches these two very comfortable and attractively furnished cottages each enjoy their own small gardens adjacent to the owners home and with access to 5 acres of grounds wit...

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