Ultimate Poldark country and the location that most inspired Winston Graham’s adventurous novels, Perranporth in Cornwall was a tin and copper mining village before its three-mile-stretch of golden sands became a hit with holidaymakers.
Graham, who lived in Perranporth while writing the Poldark chronicles, said: “Perfection is a full stop … Ever the climbing but never the attaining of the mountain top.” This idiom translates to holidays where you and yours can take a break from the uphill climb of modern life and make the most of a “full stop”. In a place as tranquil and blessed with wildlife and beauty as Perranporth, you’re sure to experience perfection.
From rambling along coastal footpaths and discovering smugglers’ caves, to picnicking in the Promenade Gardens to sampling local delicacies at the weekly market to dawdling through dunes under which ancient ruins are buried to golfing by the sea – there’s an escapade at every turn in Perranporth. Venture North-east and you’ll find an Iron Age hill camp as well as the great Millennium Sundial atop the cliffs.
For water babies, there’s a natural tidal pool at Chapel Rock which can reach Mediterranean warmth in the summer as well as a plethora of rolling waves and water sports on offer. You’ll even find examples of early surf boards in the Perranporth museum.
This piece of craggy coastline with its fascinating natural rock formations and attractive seaside village is archetypal Cornwall, a mecca for families and couples alike. It’s also home to the annual Lowender Peran Folk Festival, a tribute to Cornwall’s Celtic routes.
Winston Graham believed that a visit to Perranporth will stay with you long after you return home: “Ross took a deep breath of the air, which was heavy with the smell of sea. He fancied he could hear the waves breaking,” – we whole heartedly agree and suggest you search for your ideal Perranporth holiday cottage today.