Cornish beaches: Praa Sands


Praa Sands is a beach about one and a half miles long on the south coast, between Porthleven and Marazion. I stayed there in a caravan with three of my four children back in 1991. We walked miles along the coastal footpath as I didn’t drive then and bus fares were very expensive. I was the same age then as the son, who is staying with me, is now. Oh, how I wish I was that fit still. Nowadays walking is still enjoyable, but the aches and pains in the joints afterwards is not.

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  1. Not unlike where we’ve been walking here. And oh yes, the aches and pains!

    1. Heyjude says:

      The beaches down here are the closest to those in Australia or South Africa, though some can be challenging to access.

      1. A couple of mine I’ll never be attempting – unless I take up abseiling!

  2. restlessjo says:

    You’re just out of practise, lass! You’ll get better 🙂 🙂 Lovely skies!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Not today I won’t – it is tipping it down!

      1. restlessjo says:

        Luck of the draw! It’s dry here 🙂 🙂

        1. Heyjude says:

          Not great when you have two toddlers to entertain.

        2. restlessjo says:

          Send em up! I’m good at it 🙂 🙂

        3. Heyjude says:

          I’ll pass that on…

  3. beetleypete says:

    Like the threatening skies in this shot, Jude. I haven’t been to Praa Sands since the 1960s. Happy memories.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      We should have heeded the warnings Pete, but we continued down to the Lizard where we got drenched!

  4. It looks quite dramatic with those grey skies, Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      The day we got caught in the rain! Should have stayed here really.

  5. Joanne Sisco says:

    Until I noticed the itty-bitty people on the beach, I didn’t appreciate exactly how huge the beach and the cliffs in the background really were!

    1. Heyjude says:

      There are quite a lot of rather dramatic cliffs around here! Most of them crumbling to the ground!

      1. Joanne Sisco says:

        It seems that time and weather will wear down everything.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    The entire coast of Oregon was declared a state highway around 1908 and so you can walk forever on it. Even though it’s technically a highway, it really just ensured perpetual public access.

    1. Heyjude says:

      That’s funny, calling it a state highway. Can you actually drive along the beach then? I know in Australia there are some beaches that you can drive on. Not here. We tend to award National Park status to our public land, including coastlines.

      1. Elizabeth says:

        There are a few places, where people are allowed to actually drive on the beach. At one such place my brother and I looked on in delight when a car got stuck in the sand and swept by the high tide. We knew a lot about why NOT to drive on the beach.

  7. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Ahh yes the aches and pains, I agree with Jo, it does get better, but then you have to do it regularly to maintain it – that’s the hard bit in winter, if you hate rain like I do!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Regularly is my problem. I’m a fair weather walker too.

  8. What a lovely moody sky you captured! Looks like a great walk, weather permitting 🙂

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