Perranporth (Cornish: Porthperan)[2] is a seaside resort town on the north coast of Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It is 1 mile east of the St Agnes Heritage Coastline, and around 8 miles south-west of Newquay. Perranporth and its 3 miles (5 km) long beach face the Atlantic Ocean.[3] It has a population of 3,066,[4] and is the largest settlement in the civil parish of Perranzabuloe. It has an electoral ward in its own name, whose population was 4,270 in the 2011 census.[5]

The town's modern name comes from Porth Peran, the Cornish for the cove of Saint Piran, the patron saint of Cornwall. He founded St Piran's Oratory on Penhale Sands near Perranporth in the 7th century. Buried under sand for many centuries, it was unearthed in the 19th century.

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Perran Beach from Droskyn Point
Perranporth is located in Cornwall
Location within Cornwall
OS grid referenceSW756540
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townPerranporth
Postcode districtTR6
Dialling code01872
PoliceDevon and Cornwall
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
Perranporth Boating Lake
Perranporth Boating Lake
Perranporth Village Centre From Boscawen Road
Perranporth town centre, with the beach in the background


The Voorspoed ran ashore in a northerly gale in Perran Bay on 7 March 1901, while travelling from Cardiff to Bahia. The wreck was one of the last to be looted.[6]

Perranporth Airfield, built during World War II as an RAF fighter station, is now a civil airfield. It is located at Cligga Head, on the plateau above the cliffs.[3]

Until the 1960s, Perranporth was served by a railway line. Built as the Truro and Newquay Railway, the line ran from Chacewater to Newquay and the principal intermediate stop was Perranporth station.[7] Perranporth also had a second station, known as Perranporth Beach Halt.


Perranporth is centred on a main street, St Piran's Road, part of the B3285 Newquay to St Agnes road. The town centre has various shops, cafés and pubs. The long-distance South West Coast Path runs past the town. There is a long-distance coach service provided by National Express (service 316) which runs between London and Perranporth.

Perranporth is a popular family holiday destination. A wide sandy beach, Perran Beach, extends northeast of the town for about 3 km (nearly 2 miles) to Ligger Point. The beach faces west onto Perran Bay and the Atlantic Ocean and is a popular surfing location.[3] There are lifeguard beach patrols from May to September and the beach is generally safe for bathing, although there are dangerous rip currents around Chapel Rock at ebb tides. Gear Sands is a sprawling holiday camp and caravan site to the north of the town centre.[8]

At the south end of the beach are cliffs with natural arches, natural stacks and tin-mining adits. There is a youth hostel above the cliffs at Droskyn Point. Nearby is the 19th century Droskyn Castle, formerly a hotel and now divided into apartments.

Protected areas

Perran beach is backed by extensive sand dunes which reach nearly a mile inland. Known as Penhale Sands, the dunes are used for orienteering competitions, and there is an 18-hole links golf course.

The far northern end of the beach is used as a naturist beach,[9][10] although the MoD discouraged naturism in the sand dunes that boarded their property.

The dunes are also a valuable resource for wildlife, with many rare plants and insects including Cornwall's largest colony of the silver-studded blue, a Red Data Book species.[11]

Southwest of Perranporth, the coast becomes more rocky, with cliffs rising to about 300 feet (90 metres) at Cligga Head. These cliffs form the Cligga Head SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), noted for its geological and biological characteristics.[12]

Annual events

  • The "Perranporth Shout" Sea-song and Shanty Festival is held over the third weekend in April, with performers from as far away as Scotland and Norway. It has expanded over the last nine years to be a three-day, five venue occasion. In 2016 the name was changed to 'The Loudest Shout', in recognition of the new event on the Friday night when up to 60 singers take part in a mass singing session.
  • Perranporth used to host an inter-Celtic festival each October, Lowender Peran, drawing people in from Cornwall and the other five Celtic nations. The festival moved to nearby Newquay when the hotel that hosted it closed in 2015.
  • Perranporth SLSC holds an Extreme Surf Triathlon every September[13] that involves a swim in Perranporth Sea, followed by a cycle on the hills around Perranporth, then finished with a 'painful' run around the dunes and cliffs including Flat Rocks. See more info

Places of worship, associations and clubs

The parish church, which is in the Anglo-Catholic tradition of the Church of England, is in Perranzabuloe,[14] An Anglican chapel of ease in Perranporth dedicated to St Michael opened in 1872 and seats 100 people.[15]

The town also has its own Roman Catholic church, dedicated to Christ the King, on Wheal Leisure Road, which is part of the Diocese of Plymouth[16] Dom Charles Norris completed stained glass windows for the church of Christ the King.[17]

Masonic and fraternal associations

The town's Masonic centre in Liskey Hill is home to 16 Masonic bodies, which makes it one of the foremost centres of Masonic activity in Cornwall.[18]

There used to be a Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (Manchester Unity), who at one time, owned the Odd Fellows Hall near the Ponsmere Hotel, but due to declining numbers this Lodge closed and the building is now rented by Cornwall Council as the town's library. The Oddfellows building is owned by Perranzabuloe Museum,[19] which has a display gallery and research area above the library.


Surfing is popular in Perranporth with its long sands and beach break. The Perranporth Surf Life Saving Club is one of the oldest in the country and hosts an extreme triathlon event every autumn. The beach is a destination for kite surfing enthusiasts. There is a golf club, Perranporth Golf Club, just north of the town, while the football team Perranporth A.F.C. play in Division One West of the South West Peninsula League. There is a rugby club, "The Brewers" , and a tennis club.

Notable people

These include:

  • Motor engineer and designer Donald Healey, who opened the first garage/petrol station in the town in 1919; a nearby cider farm run by a grandson of his has a detailed graphic display about his life.
  • Author Winston Graham, who lived in Perranporth for many years and whose Poldark novels are based on the area.


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  2. ^ Place-names in the Standard Written Form (SWF) Archived 15 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine: List of place-names agreed by the MAGA Signage Panel Archived 15 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Cornish Language Partnership.
  3. ^ a b c Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 204 Truro & Falmouth ISBN 978-0-319-23149-4
  4. ^ Cornwall County Council Statistics Archived 25 May 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Ward population 2011". Archived from the original on 11 February 2015. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Shipwreck photograph collection". 23 October 2013. Archived from the original on 28 October 2013. Retrieved 25 April 2018 – via
  7. ^ Reade, Lewis (1983) Branch Line Memories; Vol. 1. Redruth: Atlantic Publishers ISBN 0-906899-06-0
  8. ^ Map, The Megalithic Portal and Megalith. "St. Piran's Lost Oratory". The Megalithic Portal. Archived from the original on 29 August 2017. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Clothes free beaches". 5 August 2015. Archived from the original on 2 October 2016. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  10. ^ "Penhale Sands Beach (Perran Sands) -". Cornwall Beach Guide. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  11. ^ Wacher, John; John Worth; Adrian Spalding (2003). A Cornwall Butterfly Atlas. Newbury: Pisces Publications. ISBN 1-874357-23-4.
  12. ^ "Cligga Head" (PDF). Natural England. 1986. Archived (PDF) from the original on 24 October 2012. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
  13. ^ C, Dave. "Perranporth Surf Lifesaving Club". Perranporth Surf Lifesaving Club. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  14. ^ Truro Diocesan Directory 2008. Truro: Truro Diocesan Board of Finance. 2007. p. 100.
  15. ^ GENUKI website Archived 21 July 2016 at the Wayback Machine; Perranzabuloe; retrieved May 2010
  16. ^ "Christ the King Perranporth". Archived from the original on 1 October 2016. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  17. ^ "Perranporth - Christ the King". Taking Stock. Patrimony Committee of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  18. ^ Province of Cornwall (2011) Cornwall Masonic Yearbook 2011/12 Truro:
  19. ^ "Welcome to our Folk Museum". Archived from the original on 17 September 2017. Retrieved 25 April 2018.

External links

2011–12 South West Peninsula League

The 2011–12 South West Peninsula League season was the fifth in the history of the South West Peninsula League, a football competition in England, that feeds the Premier Division of the Western Football League. The league had been formed in 2007 from the merger of the Devon County League and the South Western League, and is restricted to clubs based in Cornwall and Devon. The Premier Division of the South West Peninsula League is on the same level of the National League System as the Western League Division One.

Bodmin Town won the league for the third time, but did not apply for promotion. Buckland Athletic did apply, and were accepted into the Premier Division of the Western League.

Andrew Graham (academic)

Andrew Graham (born 20 June 1942) is a political economist. He is currently Executive Chair of the Europaeum and Chair of the Academic Council of the Europaeum, Senior Fellow of the Oxford Internet Institute, Trustee of Reprieve, and Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford.


Bolingey (Cornish: Melinji) is a village on the north coast of Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It is half-a-mile south of the small seaside resort of Perranporth and is in the civil parish of Perranzabuloe.

There is also a place called Bolingey in the civil parish of St Mawgan.

CRFU Cornwall Clubs Cup

The CRFU Cornwall Clubs Cup (currently sponsored by Tribute Ales) is an annual rugby union knock-out cup club competition organised by the Cornwall Rugby Football Union. First played for in 1897 but only regularly since 1971. It is open to teams based in Cornwall and play in the Cornish regional divisions (tiers 9 and 10 in the English league system). It is the third highest ranked cup competition in the county after the Cornwall Super Cup and Cornwall Cup.

For the 2016–17 season the competition format has changed. There are now four competitions which take place after the Cornwall League 1 and 2 seasons have finished. The competitions are as follows:

Tribute Clubs Cup – top 4 of Cornwall League 1

Tribute Clubs Plate – bottom 4 of Cornwall League 2

Tribute Clubs Vase – top 4 of Cornwall League 2

Tribute Clubs Shield – bottom 4 of Cornwall League 2Each competition will have a group stage starting in April, with each team playing each other once and the top 2 sides qualifying for the final at a neutral venue in May. At present all four Cornwall Clubs finals are played at the same venue and on the same date.

Cornwall Combination

The Cornwall Combination League is a football competition based in the western half of Cornwall, England, formed in 1959. The current league sponsors are drinks retailers LWC.

The league has a single division of 20 clubs, being larger than any league below step 6 in the English football league system. The Champion club may apply for promotion to the St Piran Football League, West Division. The bottom clubs may be relegated to one of the level 13 leagues of the English football League System – normally the Trelawny League.

No Cornwall Combination clubs are currently eligible for national competitions; the only time a club from the league has played in the FA Cup was when Falmouth Town played a single match in 1983–84, the only season Falmouth's first team played in the Combination.

In 2009, Troon were accepted back into the league after an eight-season absence to replace the promoted Perranporth. In 2010, Pendeen returned to the league after 12 seasons in junior football and Portreath were relegated. In 2011, Falmouth Athletic DC were promoted into the league at the expense of Ludgvan who were relegated. Helston Athletic took the title and accepted promotion into the South West Peninsula League in Division One West. In 2012, Goonhavern and Ludgvan returned to the Combination League after finishing top two in the Trelawny League whilst Penzance Reserves were relegated to the Trelawny League.

Redruth United join the league for the 2013-14 competition replacing Holman Sports who were relegated and for the 2014-15 season Helston Athletic Reserves joined the league from the Trelawny League, replacing Falmouth Athletic who folded.

Cornwall League 1

Cornwall 1, known as Tribute Cornwall 1 for sponsorship reasons, is an English level nine rugby union league for clubs based in Cornwall. It has been running continually since 1987–88. The champions are promoted to the Tribute Cornwall/Devon league, and the runner-up plays the second team in Tribute Devon 1, with the winning team gaining promotion. One or two teams are usually relegated to Tribute Cornwall 2. Saltash are the most successful team having won the league on five occasions and have been runner-up three times; they currently play in Tribute Cornwall/Devon.

From the 2016–17 season Cornwall 1 and Cornwall 2 were amalgamated to create the Tribute Cornwall League with fifteen teams playing each other once in a first phase. After Christmas the teams split into two leagues with the top eight playing in Cornwall One and the remainder playing in Cornwall Two. Hayle won both phase one and phase two, winning the title with two matches to play. They are promoted to the Cornwall/Devon league, following their relegation from that league in 2015–16. Newquay Hornets finished in second place and were due to play their counterparts from Devon, Torrington for the second promotion spot. Newquay did not want promotion and declined to play the match.

For the 2018–19 season Cornwall 1 and Cornwall 2 would revert to being two separate divisions. At present, a club from Cornwall 1 is picked to take part in the RFU Junior Vase - a national cup competition for clubs at levels 9-12.

Cornwall League 2

Tribute Cornwall 2 is an English level ten rugby union league for clubs based in Cornwall. The champions (and in some seasons the runner-up) are promoted to Tribute Cornwall 1; there is no relegation. The league had run continuously since 1987–88, except for a two-season break, when Cornwall 2 was combined with Cornwall League 1 for seasons 2009–10 and 2010–11. The competition recommenced in 2011–12 when it was decided to form two leagues of seven teams each. Lankelly-Fowey won the second phase and have won Cornwall 2 for the first time. St Agnes and Helston are the most successful team having won the league on five occasions each.

For the 2016–17 season Cornwall 1 and Cornwall 2 were amalgamated to create the Tribute Cornwall League with fifteen teams playing each other once in the first phase. After Christmas the teams split into two leagues with the top eight playing in Cornwall One and the remainder playing in Cornwall Two.For the 2018-19 season Cornwall League 1 and Cornwall League 2 would revert to being separate divisions.

Donald Healey

Donald Mitchell Healey CBE (3 July 1898 – 15 January 1988) was a noted English car designer, rally driver and speed record holder.

Geoffrey Healey

Geoffrey Carroll Healey (1922–1994), British automotive engineer, was born in Perranporth, Cornwall, the son of Donald Healey and his wife Ivy Maud, on 14 December 1922.


Goonhavern (Cornish: Goonhavar) is a village in north Cornwall, England, UK. It is on the A3075 Newquay to Chiverton Cross road, about two miles east of Perranporth. It is in the civil parish of Perranzabuloe

As well as a village store/post office, a garden centre and several campsites, there is a public house named 'The New Inn' in the centre of the village. Until recently, a model village was a visitor attraction beside the B3285 just south-east of Goonhavern. A traditional village show is held in the community hall in July with prizes awarded for the local produce, flower arrangements, art, craft and photography.

A railway branch-line to Perranporth and St Agnes ran through Goonhavern from c.1905 but the line was closed by Dr Beeching's cuts in the 1960s and today there is little sign of its precise route through the village centre.

Perranporth Airfield

Perranporth Airfield (ICAO: EGTP) airfield is located 1.5 NM (2.8 km; 1.7 mi) southwest of Perranporth and 6 NM (11 km; 6.9 mi) southwest of Newquay, in the village of Trevellas, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It is a former Second World War Royal Air Force fighter station.

Perranporth Aerodrome has a CAA Ordinary Licence (Number P787) that allows flights for the public transport of passengers or for flying instruction as authorised by the licensee (Perranporth Flying Club Limited). The aerodrome is not licensed for night use.


Perranzabuloe (; Cornish: Pyran yn Treth) is a coastal civil parish and a hamlet in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. Perranzabuloe parish is bordered to the west by the Atlantic coast and St Agnes parish, to the north by Cubert parish, to the east by St Newlyn East and St Allen parishes and to the south by Kenwyn parish. The hamlet (containing the parish church) is situated just over a mile (2 km) south of the principal settlement of the parish, Perranporth; the hamlet is also seven miles (11 km) south-southwest of Newquay. Other settlements in the parish include Perrancoombe, Goonhavern, Mount and Callestick. The parish population was 5,382 in the 2001 census, increasing to 5,486 at the 2011 census.The name of the parish derives from the medieval Latin Perranus in Sabulo meaning Piran in the sand. It refers to Saint Piran (the patron saint of Cornwall) who founded an oratory church in the seventh century near the coast north of Perranporth. In medieval times the parish of Perranzabuloe was a peculiar of Exeter Cathedral. Perranzabuloe at that time exercised ecclesiastic control of St Agnes: the latter's church was a chapelry of Perranzabuloe. In 1846 St Agnes became a separate ecclesiastical parish.

RAF Perranporth

RAF Perranporth was an RAF airfield situated near Perranporth, Cornwall, in the United Kingdom.

Reen Manor

Reen Manor is a hamlet east of Perranporth in Cornwall, England.

St Agnes, Cornwall

St Agnes (Cornish: Breanek) is a civil parish and a large village on the north coast of Cornwall, England, UK. The village is about five miles (8 km) north of Redruth and ten miles (16 km) southwest of Newquay. An electoral ward exists stretching as far south as Blackwater. The population at the 2011 census was 7,565.The village of St Agnes, a popular coastal tourist spot, lies on a main road between Redruth and Perranporth. It was a prehistoric and modern centre for mining of copper, tin and arsenic until the 1920s. Local industry has also included farming and fishing, and more recently tourism.

The St Agnes district has a heritage of industrial archaeology and much of the landscape is of considerable geological interest. There are also stone-age remains in the parish. The manor of Tywarnhaile was one of the 17 Antiqua maneria of the Duchy of Cornwall.

TR postcode area

The TR postcode area, also known as the Truro postcode area, is a group of 27 postcode districts in England, which are subdivisions of 15 post towns. These postcode districts cover west Cornwall, including Truro, Penzance, Camborne, Falmouth, Hayle, Helston, Marazion, Newquay, Penryn, Perranporth, Redruth, St Agnes, St Columb and St Ives, plus the Isles of Scilly.


Treamble is a hamlet northeast of Perranporth, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom.


Trevellas is a village in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom, situated midway between St Agnes and Perranporth.

It was first recorded as a place in Cornwall in 1302 and was the site of the Trevelles family manor. Trevellas valley was a mining site for centuries and known as the "Blue Hills" coloured by bluish slate. During World War II the nearby Perranporth airport was used as a Royal Air Force base. Painter John Opie was born in Trevellas.

Truro and Newquay Railway

The Truro and Newquay Railway was a Great Western Railway line in Cornwall, United Kingdom designed to keep the rival London and South Western Railway (LSWR) out of the west of the county. The line was completed in 1905 and closed in 1963.

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