Latitude:50° 20.60′ North
Longitude: 5° 09.21′ West
OS Grid:SW:762 573
Penhale Sands


Penhale Sands is open for business! BN Representatives made recommendations for the management of the beach which were welcomed by the other organisations concerned. Devon & Cornwall Constabulary has been particularly helpful and both they and the MoD police are using the BN Beach Code. The strategy is to isolate and marginalise the criminal elements so it is very important that law-abiding naturists use the beach. The problems could recur so please inform BN of all contact with MoD personnel, the police or any others. The beach code is available from the BN web site.

The ban on using the top of the beach has been lifted but the Ministry of Defence could change its minds again tomorrow. The situation is complex and much remains to be done. Forming an effective beach user group is essential.

An article in the West Briton (4/8/2005) suggests that this beach might be lost to naturism due to inappropriate behaviour. Some of the comments from this website were quoted in the article. Attempts are being made in conjunction with the MOD, police and a gay, lesbian and transgender group as well as naturists to ensure that the situation is dealt with in a sensible manner and that the beach remains available for all responsible users.

A further article in the West Briton, (3/8/2006) headed “Beach Nudity Banned” suggested that, “The days of baring all on a stretch of Perranporth beach are numbered as a ban is to be introduced. The decision follows incidents of cottaging (homosexual men having sex in public) at the Perran Sands end of the beach. The area has been an unofficial nudist beach for many years but the community has been concerned about activities in the past few years.” The report continued, “Now Perranzabuloe Parish Council, the Ministry of Defence and Haven Holiday Park have agreed to support a full ban.”

Once again activities that have nothing to do with naturism and with which naturism wants not to be connected is being given as a reason for banning naturism. We wonder if naturism was not such a minority activity this action would be considered reasonable or fair. Again nakedness is being associated with sexual behaviour, when will people learn not to associate the two? Naturists, too need their rights protected from the people acting in the unacceptable manner.


It is quite possible to walk along the beach from Perranporth until you reach the naturist section at the furthest end of the beach.

From the A30, follow the B3285 through Goonhaven towards Perranporth. At the top of a hill before reaching the town, close to the entrance to the Perran Sands Holiday Village, turn north on to a minor road that leads to the small hamlet of Mount and by foot, to “St Pirran’s Oratory”. Approximately a quarter of a mile along this road, park and follow the footpath past the Oratory, over dunes, to the sea.


Perranporth benefits from a wonderful, wide, sandy beach backed by the dunes of Penhale Sands. Naturists use of the top part of the two mile long beach is well known and tolerated.

There are good facilities in Perranporth.

The beach is patrolled by RNLI lifeguards during the holiday season but they do not trouble naturist users at the northerly end of the beach.


Caution! – This north coast beach, like many others, is exposed to North Atlantic waves. This often results in surf that is a major attraction to expert surfers from far afield. If you are not a surfer swim with care when the surf is up. Windbreaks are also popular!

Naturists also use Holywell Bay about a mile to the north, beyond the village of Holywell.


  1. Went there today 19/7/16 about 30 people 6 couples and the rest males but great day very hot and great to swim naked with life guards up and down the beach all day

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