The resort of Perranporth is situated on the north Cornwall coast, southwest of Newquay. It boasts a huge sandy beach backed by the sand dunes of Penhale Sands. Naturist use of the northern part of the three-mile long beach has been known for decades.
Army training establishment at Penhale (Extends over Penhale Sands) has announced that The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has decided to ban all nude sunbathing on the MOD owned part of Perran Sands; this ban extending throughout the sand dunes, the fore dunes and as far down as the mean high water mark.
NUFF understands that the sale relates to the area occupied by the camp buildings and that the MoD will continue to use the sand dune area for training purposes. How these changes will affect possible future use of the beach is not yet known.
Plymouth to Truro.
304 Hopleys Coach from opposite Train Station towards Porthtowan for the Victory Inn (West bound).
Take the Coast Road towards Porthtowan.
Golden sand, with an extensive area of dunes (Penhale Sands) on the landward side. Like many beaches along this coast, the North Atlantic waves often create surf conditions that attract enthusiasts from all over the country. When the surf is up, swim with care. Windbreaks could be useful too. This beach is properly called ' Perran Bay'. Naturists are also said to use 'Holywell Bay' - about a mile to the north, beyond the village of Holywell - and some guides confuse the two.
“Although the far end of the bay is advertised as a naturist beach the coastal path from Hollywell Bay leads directly into this section and this part of the bay does not afford any privacy, although the dunes do.”
Good facilities in Perranporth. The beach may be patrolled by lifeguards in the high season.
Clean water with good waves for the surfers. In fact it meets the full EEC guideline standard for water quality at the Penhale end but only attains the lower standard at the village end.
“Were never bothered by the life guards or the public - In fact they used to wave as we sunbathed with our two dogs. We were discreet using a beach shelter and covering up - i.e. swimsuit to bathe in. Apart from that we could sunbathe totally nude and roam around our area.”
“Penhale Sands is one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever visited. I have noticed that the centre of this enormous beach is used by textiles in one crowd - coming from the "Haven" holiday park, down a ramp. It is an extremely long walk to the naturist section at the far end (to the right). Some people were seen spread along the sandy banks of the dunes and most were textiles and had found one or two naturists more less quarter of the way to the naturist section. I then came along to the naturist part and found most naturists grouped together in the corner. The downside is that the naturist section seems to accumulate seaweed and bits of strewn rubbish while the rest of the beach is sparkling clean. There were groups of single men, women and couples ranging from over 40 years of age. There were the odd glimpse of members of the public who raised a smile or two as they had walked from the coast path from the top of the cliff that takes them from Holywell Bay.”
Fine for naturist use on the beach it's self, and is patrolled for safety purposes by the lifeguards. They are supportive of respectable naturist use. I have seen no bad behaviour on my visits. On two of the three occasions there were about 30 naturists all having a relaxed and enjoyable time.”