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Perranporth is a village on the north coast of Cornwall, United Kingdom, six miles south-west of Newquay. The village, and its large sandy beach, face the Atlantic, with hundreds of miles of uninterrupted fetch producing large waves, making it one of the most popular surfing destinations in Britain. At low tide the sands extend up to Ligger Point, 2 miles (3 km) to the north. The sand dunes (Penhale Sands) adjacent to the northern part of the beach are used for orienteering championships. There is an army training camp here. The southern end of the beach is backed by dramatic cliffs, with natural arches and stacks, and tin-mining adits. This headland is called Droskyn Point, and on top of it is a youth hostel with spectacular views, situated beside the South West Coast Path.

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      08.10.2013 23:27
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      Such a lovely little place! Would recommend it to anyone!!

      Perranporth is a beautiful little town located on the north coast of Cornwall. I have to say the whole of Cornwall has to be the best holiday destination in the UK, but perranporth is my favourite part of all of Cornwall. It is such a beautiful place and I don't think you can beat it.

      In the summer perranporth beach is usually very busy as its one of Cornwall's most popular beaches with it's beautiful white sand and blue sea. There is its famous rocks to climb up, and down the side of the huge rock in the middle of the beach is a natural swimming pool. One side of the rock has been shaped to be smooth and shaped like a proper pool and the other side is made out of the natural rock that is there. So its a swimming pool that the sea washes in and out each day so there are often fish and sea creatures in there. You really have to see it!

      The town of perranporth is full of lovely little quirky shops, some with usual sea side souveiners and lots with little quirky designed ornaments and beach clothes. As with everywhere in cornwall, perranporth is also full of pasty and ice cream shops!

      I recently (a month ago!) got married in perranporth. I live 6 hours away but had my heart set on a wedding there. We married in a little hotel over the beach called the seiners arms and went down to the beach after the ceremony. We couldn't have chosen a better place for our wedding and honeymoon.

      I really can't recommend perranporth enough, it really is the most beautiful place.

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      10.08.2009 21:45

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      just lovely!

      Perranporth is a beautiful little place on the north coast of Cornwall. Perranporth lies in a small bay and has a beautiful beach. Only a short distance from Newquay there is plenty to see and do. Whatever reason you have decided to visit Perranporth there will be plenty for everyone. Perranporth is very popular with the surfers because of its large waves and long untouched sands. The beach spreads north from Perranporth for around 3 miles and so there is always somewhere quiet to have a picnic or fly a kite.

      Perranporth itself has a wide range of accommodation including hotels, bed and breakfasts and also a wide selection of camping and caravan sites. There are also a large range of places to eat out and a good number of nice pubs. One of which is directly on the beach (a great place to watch the sun set as you are drinking a nice cold lager!)

      If you stay in Perranporth itself there are plenty of shops including a small supermarket, butchers, bakers and enough gift shops to keep any tourist busy.

      A short walk from Perranporth there is also a golf course over looking the sea.

      Perranporth is a great holiday destination with plenty of attractions and things to do close by.

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      04.11.2008 13:43
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      You must visit at least once in your lifetime

      As a few of you have kindly noticed I've been away this past week, I thought I'd write a review of where I'd been!

      I've already reviewed the hotel I stayed at (check out my Ponsmere review) so now its time for the lovely little village of Perranporth, location of The Ponsmere Hotel.


      The village
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      Perranporth is an unspoilt gem of a village situated on the north coast of Cornwall, around 7 miles from Newquay.

      The beach is one of the main attractions of Perranporth; with wide golden sands stretching just over 3 miles, lapped by some of the best surfing waves in this country. It's no surprise the main shops here are surfing shops and another plus point; for the girls there are always lots of tanned surfer dudes wandering around with their tops off!

      The other shops in the village centre (which consists of just 1 street) include 2 tiny supermarkets, a CostCutter and a Spar where you can get anything you need if you are staying self catering at the Haven camp up above the village on the cliffs or in one of the few holiday cottages dotted around Perranporth.
      There is a chemist joined onto the doctors which sells everything from medicines to shampoo and toothpaste if you've forgotten anything, a couple of little shops selling hippy windchime things and Perranporth souvenirs, a newsagents and a small off-license.

      Food wise you can eat in the couple of pubs dotted around; they serve traditional English grub all at reasonable prices. The Green Parrot Pub/Restaurant is probably the most expensive of the pubs but the night life centres around this place and it really is a great place to eat and drink if a little pricey.
      They also have an Italian restaurant which is reasonably new and serves gorgeous pizzas, 2 for the price of 1 at lunchtimes and an Indian restaurant which is only open on an evening; I've never eaten here but heard rave reviews from other people.


      There are of course plenty of bakeries, 3 I think at last count. These serve, unsurprisingly every version of Cornish Pasty you could imagine. Obviously the traditional meat, potato + swede along with chicken + bacon, cheese, onion + potato, cheese + vegetable, lamb + rosemary...the list goes on!
      The only problem is they seem to only do tiny sized pasties (cocktail) or extra large so of course I always end up ploughing through a large (the cheese, onion + potato being my choice) This could be the reason my clothes seem a lot tighter than before I went......

      There are a couple of local myths surrounding Cornish pasties, one being that fishermen believe it bad luck to take one on board their boats and my favourite: The miners used to always have a Cornish pasty for lunch and left the corners of the pastry for the 'knockers' -little mischievous leprechaun type creatures who lived down the mines and would cause lots of trouble if not kept happy with such offerings!


      Places to visit when in Perranporth
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      There are lots of touristy places but I'll try and keep away from those for this review as I love the unspoilt areas of Cornwall much better!

      The nearby hamlet of Bollingey is gorgeous; it's about a miles walk from Perranporth up country lanes and by the side of a stream. This place is so quiet and has a picturesque village pub built in the 17th century so great for a well deserved refreshment stop!

      Piran Round is north east of the village and is an Iron Age camp upon the cliffs, there is an old amphitheatre here which is stunning and is believed to have been used for games and mystery plays.

      For anyone into old airfields, Perranporth Airfield (which is just out of the village among the hills) used to be a Spitfire station in the Second World War, English Heritage believe this to be one of the most important remaining airfields from the Second World War.
      Today the airfield still operates; these days for leisure flights, gliding and scenic tours.

      The tin mines are great to explore too, either the ones open to public or just walking around the sites of the derelict ones.
      The biggest Tin Mine near Perranporth is Blue Hills Tin which is situated in St Agnes, about a 10 minute drive from the village. This is open to the public and you can actually see the processing of the mineral to finished articles such as Jewellery which you can buy on site.
      They also mined Copper in Cornwall but these mines are few and far between compared to the Tin.

      The National Seal Sanctuary at Gweek, this is one of the more commercialised places to visit but for such a good cause I make an exception!
      It is set in the most beautiful area near an estuary and they look after Seals that can never be released into the wild; mainly because of humans! For example a high percentage are blind from having their eyes burnt by all the oil we pollute the sea with and many have been caught in dangerous fishing nets that fishermen have discarded in the sea. Makes my blood boil so i'll stop now!
      The seals are absolutely gorgeous and feeding time is a must to watch them swim down to get their fish. Their are also some endangered Otters living at the Sanctuary which are cute little things! Aswell as seals there are Sea Lions and these have been rescued from places where they were made to perform (again dont't get me started on that!)
      Entry is £12 for Adults which may seem expensive but don't begrudge the poor little seals as the entrance fee pays for their rehabilitation.

      The Cornish Cyder Farm is another great place to visit; we go whenever we're down in Cornwall.
      The farm is free to look around but if you want a tour of the orchards then you will need to pay a small fee and then you will get driven there on a tractor!
      You can taste all the different products they make on the farm; these include chutneys, jams and preserves, Apple Juices, Cyders, Wines, Brandy and other spirits. My favourite is the Cornwall Rocks, a spirit very similar to Vodka but made from apples. Once you've found your favourite you can load up your car boot with drink and souvenirs aplenty, everything they make on the farm is available for you to buy along with Tshirts, posters...etc.
      Cornish Rattler is the latest edition to the Cyder family at the farm and this is now available in most Cornish pubs ad is outselling Magners in Cornish Tescos!
      While there you can watch the cyder making process from the crushing of the apple pulp to the bottling and labelling which is all done on this farm.


      Aswell as all these places; there are hundreds of walks to be had on the many beaches, along the village lanes, through the sand-dunes and along the cliff tops. Great for burning off those Cornish Pasties!


      The history of Perranporth
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      In the 19th century Perranporth was a tin mining village, you can still see to this day, the old engine houses of the mines and the stone chimneys which protrude from the landscape not only in the village but all over the county. A lot of these are open to the public to explore.

      The beach is surrounded by both cliffs and also huge sand dunes. These sands have buried two religious buildings in the past, the church of St Piran (now the lost church of St Piran) and also the Parish Church.
      The church of St Piran was an early Celtic Monastery; it was the main place of Pilgrimage in Medieval Cornwall. The church was buried by the encroaching sands some time before 1500, it was later excavated and legend has it that 3 decapiatated bodies were found within the church. Then in 1981 it had to be reburied to protect the structure. If you walk along the sand dunes or drive along the cliff road, there are signposts clearly leading the way to the stone which marks where the church lies beneath the sand.
      The Parish Church was built around 1100 and was taken by the sands in 1804, you can see parts of the walls still and the location is marked with a cross.

      Another interesting feature of Perranporth is Chapel Rock, if anyone googles 'Perranporth' you'll find images of the beach with a huge rock down by the sea, there is now a natural tidal swimming pool within the rock but originally the rock was used as a place to worship until the rock collapsed creating the now popular pool inside.

      There are caves all around the beach at Perranporth and these, like many in Cornwall were used by Smugglers to stash their loot.
      Very close to Chapel Rock you can see within the rocks of the cliff face there are steps cut out and these lead up to a hollowed out space within the cliffs, this 'room' even has a window with metal bars across it! This looks out to sea and is obviously where the smugglers used to watch out for ships coming into the bay.

      I love all these interesting tidbits about the history of this lovely place, it only adds to the magic that is Perranporth!



      My favourite holiday destination, I came here as a child with my mum, dad and big brother, I've been with my (now grown up) brother and nephews, I've been with my Fiance...Whoever you go with you are guaranteed to have a lovely time!
      I have never found a more beautiful resort, its absolutely stunning and the first time you set foot on those cliff tops and look out to the sea I promise it will take your breath away.

      The weather was terrible this past week but it makes no difference, I still didn't want to come home and looking around the dining room of the hotel as we ate our last breakfast there (surrounded by peoplewho like me just keep going back) we weren't the only ones sad to be leaving.


      For a piece of unspoilt Cornwall, look no further.

      Hope you've enjoyed reading my review,
      Leanne xxx

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        17.11.2007 23:42
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        A beautiful place with a fantastic beach.

        I‘ve so many fond memories of Perranporth, it’s a really beautiful place simply amazing, and well worth a visit. The first time I visited Perranporth was about 13 years ago, I went with my friend and her parents, I was 15 at the time and it was the first time I‘d been camping, I’ve been lucky enough to have had perfect weather every time I’ve been, the last time I went was last summer, but I must say I prefer to stay in a hotel now I have kids!

        It’s a perfect place to visit whether you’re a beach bum, surfer, or a family. If you’d like to learn to surf you can get lessons at reasonable prices and there’s loads of places to hire/buy all you need. There’s also a great choice of places to eat whether you want an Indian, Chinese, Burger, Pizza, Fish n’ chips, traditional Cornish pasty, Kebab or a nice restaurant with a lovely atmosphere to relax in. One thing I love, which I’d never come across before was Cheesy Chips! Best thing ever…I’ve thought about driving to Perranporth for those cheesy chips (and seeing as it would take me about 6 hours to get there, that’s saying something!) When we got back we asked for cheesy chips at our local take away, to our disappointment we were asked ‘what the bloody ‘ell are they then’. (Pretty self-explanatory I thought!) Oh well….

        If you decide to camp there are some great campsites in the area, I would recommend Budnick which is about 5 mins from the beach, it has all the facilities you need, shop, shower blocks, bathroom, café, water points and parking. If you can’t bear the thought of being stuck in a tent, then there are some good Bed and breakfasts (although you have to book early for a lot of places.) At one time you probably could have rocked up and found somewhere to stay whilst there, but nowadays it’s become a lot more popular, especially after featuring on a BBC series, so make sure you book in advance.

        A great hotel is the Ponsmere, it’s great if you have kids –of any age. There’s kids entertainment and entertainment at night in the ballroom for adults, there’s a good size pool outside and a playground, so if you sit outside you can look out over the beach. The rooms are nice to, with everything you need, we were lucky enough to have a sea-view, so the warm summer nights are made extra special when you head back and can chill out on the balcony and look out at the sea. The beach is one of the best beaches I’ve been to its clean although it can be pretty crowded depending what time of year you go. There are rock pools for kids (and adults) to explore with their fishing
        Nets, or simply have a paddle. The life-guards are always on the ball and make it clear that you have to stay inside certain flags depending what you’re doing.

        If you like nightlife then you won’t be disappointed there’s a brilliant lively bar on the beach called The Watering Hole, were the atmosphere is as relaxed as the locals, a definite must visit if you go to Perranporth. Another place I like is The Green Parrot, serves good food and great drink! But if you want a change you can simply jump on a bus and go to Newquay for a livelier night out. I can’t remember how long the bus journey was but it’s about 9 miles to get there, so not far.

        There’s a Spar and a Co-op (Co-op has a cash machine outside) for all your shopping needs and some of the best shops to take a look at (that aren’t filled with tacky rubbish) can be found almost everywhere you look. There’s also a small lake full of swans and ducks where you can have a boat ride or simply sit and relax, I don’t advise eating whilst sat there though, unless you like seagulls, not me …. They were the bane of my life!

        Like anywhere the weather plays a big part in how good a stay you have, there’s not all that much to do if it rains, (unless you’re staying at the Ponsmere.)
        If you have a car there’s no problem finding things to do/ places to go in surrounding areas.

        Seagulls aside I’d definitely recommend a visit to Perranporth, young or old it’s a lovely charming place that should be seen with your own eyes to really appreciate it. But if you want to check it out before you go you can visit the Watering Holes web site and see the awesome beach through the web cam.

        Thanks for reading.

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          "Some day I'm gonna write The Story of my Life" So goes the song by Michael Holiday - well I'm going to write about Cornwall. It may not cover the whole of my life but it certainly has covered a major and the most happiest part of it. Cornwall was my very first experience of a holiday away from parents. It was decided upon as a second best choice to The Isle of Man, the hotel there being fully booked at the time. As I am now talking about many years ago, I can tell you it took 12 solid hours on a coach to get there from Liverpool so it seemed amazingly far away to two l6 year old girls straight from school. For this first trip we stayed in St Ives. Oh, and did we think we had arrived in heaven. Never in my life had I seen such turquoise sea, such quaint streets, white cottages with tiny brightly coloured doors and warm amber roofs...... and then of course there were the seagulls which brought to mind childhood stories of adventures at the seaside..........I could go on and on. We were entranced. Gone were all thoughts of boyfriends and discos we just wanted to move house and live in St Ives forever. It was at that time not quite so heavily populated by tourists as it is nowadays although it was early June when we travelled there. We were therefore able to browse through the many gift shops and artists studios in a leisurely fashion. Nowadays of course there are added attractions in St Ives such as the Tate Gallery which I visited only last year. Anyway to cut a long story short, the holiday did of course end and we cried and cried for a week after. That was it...........I was totally hooked by Cornwall. The year passed slowly and I just couldn't wait to return. In the meantime another friend had decided to do seasonal work in Devon. She wrote daily of her adventures and begged me to travel down to join her.This was out of the question at that time, (parents weren' t having any)
          but we met up on her return and made plans to work in that area the following year. Our plans came to fruit.... Having found a hotel in Cornwall to work in, we travelled down by train to Truro. Following a long weary journey and burdened down with huge great suitcases we waited for the hotel proprietor to collect us for the short follow on trip to our new destination, Perranporth. My only previous experience being St Ives I was bitterly disappointed to find that Perranporth contained no quaint cottages, or cobbled lanes but only a magnificent beach, a small seaside town consisting of one main road containing souvenir stores, surfing shops,cafes and a surrounding town of mostly modern houses. It was May when we arrived and Perranporth was like a ghost town - I hated it. However after a week or so my opinion softened. It was wonderful walking along the huge beach with the waves crashing on the rocks and onto the shore. The clifftop walks were spectacular and indeed although I am now a regular visitor to Cornwall I have never found walks to quite equal the walk from Perranporth to Holywell Bay which is gentle and meandering with superb views, or alternatively from Perranporth to St Agnes which is rocky, steep and austere. The little town grew on me,so much so that I now return to Perranporth at least 3 times a year, staying in a caravan overlooking the sea. Perranporth has of course changed greatly since I first stayed there, but it still has a charm. You won't find any quaint homes, certainly not in Perranporth itself, but within minutes you can walk to the most charming country villages you could ever hope to find, located in deep valleys surrounding the area and set amongst lush wooded hills. There are tiny cottages with benches outside in little lanes where no traffic passes. There is the little town of Bolingey located a 20 minute walk or so from Perranporth with a small olde world pub. Unfortu
          nately this has changed hands recently and to my mind certainly, the owners have spoiled the atmosphere by installing a juke box and playing loud music. Luckily there is a similar type pub located at St Agnes (some 3 miles from Perranporth) called the Miners Arms which has, to date, retained its original character. Perranporth's main street (which can be walked along in 3 minutes) contains the usual souvenir shops, but as it is a working town there are also bakeries, butchers a post office and a very small supermarket. There are many surfing specialist shops located here as the town is a main surfing centre, the surf often pounding onto the shore on the beach located at the back of the town shops. There is a wonderful little restaurant whose name I'm afraid I can't recall. It is however located directly next door to the Seltic Hotel and actually appears to be a part of it. Here you can have a delicious meal which is cooked on the premises for a very reasonable price. Breakfasts are also served here for as little as 1.99 for a huge cooked breakfast of bacon egg sausage etc. Incidentally the Seltic Hotel was where I worked those many years ago, although it was then known as Sullys. There are many hotels located in the surrounding area and most are reasonably priced as the competition is so high. Heading towards Newquay which is some 9 miles away are the sand dunes along which you can walk all the way to Holywell Bay. About half way along is located the buried church of St Piran who was apparently the patron saint of Perranporth who landed in Cornwall from Ireland (I think) hundreds of years ago and if you are tired of walking and fancy visiting one of Cornwall's finest Cities, there is a bus service which will take you to Truro a 20 minute journey away, but I'll write about Truro in yet another opinion. There's always a downside unfortunately, and each year there are more and more ugly housing es
          tates being built up directly surrounding Perranporth and of course St Ives now becomes so crowded throughout the main weeks each year that it is virtually impossible to walk along the small narrow roads there, however I don't think people should let themselves be put off experiencing the area for themselves at some future point. Well I hope that's given you a feel for my favourite area of Britain and the reason why I return so often. Geographically Perranporth is located 9 miles from Newquay, 3/4 miles from St Agnes, 9 miles from Truro and I think about 20 miles to Penzance. It is an ideal touring spot but a wonderful area in its own right. St Ives, where I first stayed is further down the coast near to Penzance and also an ideal touring spot for areas such as Mullion, Hayle, Porthleven , Sennen oh I could go on and on. I will remain grateful for ever that the hotel in the Isle of Man was fully booked those years ago and one day I intend to uproot from dreary Liverpool and move down to Cornwall forever.

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