As the name suggests, Par Sands is a wide, sandy beach in Par, just outside St Austell. The-south facing beach is backed by low sand dunes through which there are many paths as well as a small lake.
In the summer the beach can be quite busy as there is a holiday park just over the dunes. It is quite large though so it never feels crowded.
The beach slopes fairly gently here meaning there it’s ideal for paddling. However, there is no lifeguard service so care should be taken if swimming.
Depending on which way you look Par Sands beach can have lovely rural views or a contrastingly industrial view of the adjacent china clay works and Par docks.
With little shelter from the southwest it can feel a bit breezy – which is good news for kite-surfers.
OS grid ref.
SX 0837 5304
Public toilets are a short walk behind the beach. Shop/café and pub close by.
Is available at the rear of the beach