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6 reasons why your next weekend getaway should be to Perranporth

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Scrolling through pictures of exotic beaches and far-off locations on the web, it’s easy to assume that you can’t achieve a real beach holiday without a chunk of money and a long-haul flight.

My recent trip to the town of Perranporth in Cornwall showed me that this is far from true, and that you don’t need to travel far or spend a lot to find some of the finest beaches in the world. The pictures speak for themselves, but here are 6 reasons why Perranporth should be at the top of your getaway list:

1.      Incredible accommodation

We were lucky enough to stay in the YHA Perranporth, which is undoubtedly the most perfectly placed hostel in the entire world. It is the epitome of a seaside location, situated on the edge of a cliff overlooking the beach, with unobstructed views of the ocean. It isn’t for the faint hearted, but nothing beats the feeling of waking up to blue skies and open seas. Plus, the accommodation is affordable and you have a kitchen at your disposal. The staff were incredibly friendly during our stay and gave us lots of great tips on what to do and where to go.

2.      Beautiful beaches

Just looking at pictures, you can tell that Perranporth is not your average beach. But it doesn’t capture the complete awe you feel when you step onto the two and a half miles of spotless white sand. The beach is so big that even on the busiest of days, like when we visited, it doesn’t feel crowded. Go to the opposite end of the beach and sit on the grassy sand dunes if you want a great view and escape from the bustle. The beach is beautiful at all hours, but especially so at dusk. The soft pastel haze left from the sunset reflects on the wet sand, creating a mirror which makes it hard to tell where the sky ends and the beach begins.

3.      Outdoor adventures

We were spoilt for options on how to spend our time in Perranporth; it is truly an outdoors lovers’ paradise. Perranporth is a popular surfing beach, with a great surf school if you’re keen to learn otherwise it is perfect for sunbathing, rock pool exploring, strolling, whatever you fancy. On top of surfing, nearby you can try coasteering, kayaking, horse riding, scuba diving, rock climbing, mountain biking, and cycling. There are also a range of stunning hikes you can take all around the area right from the hostel. The hostel staff are the ones to talk to for the best recommendations and information.

4.      Great hiking

We took advantage of Perranporth’s ideal location along a hiking path by exploring the nearby area on foot. There are many different hikes you can take, but the most picturesque is the coastal walk from Perranporth to St. Agnes. The path takes you right along the cliffs with stunning views of the ocean. It’s a relatively easy walk just under 4 miles, as long as you don’t mind the heights. St. Agnes is a quaint little town with bunches of local art boutiques and cafes. Our favourite was ‘Q’, an adorable café which doubles as a gallery. On our hike we decided to take the bus back from St. Agnes because we had other activities calling, but you could easily walk both ways.

5.      Delicious food

One of the benefits of staying in a hostel is you can make your own meals, but Perranporth has its fair share of good restaurants and pubs if you fancy eating out. There’s delicious pub grub to be found in ‘The Seiners’, ‘The Watering Hole’, and ‘The Smuggler’s Den’.  If you’re looking for something more exotic, ‘Jaipur’ is an excellent Indian and takeout restaurant. Our personal favourite in town, however, was the hidden gem that is the ‘Willow Café’. The staff were lovely and they serve gorgeous breakfasts (pancakes especially). If you’re there on Friday, the café also does 2 for 1 steak night, a meal bargain fit for a 5-star restaurant. A short drive away from town is the Cealy Cider Farm. Not only does it have a wonderful restaurant, you can also take tours of their distilleries and have free cider tastings.

6.      Unforgettable sunsets

It may seem like a simple thing, but there is something really special and moving about watching the sun set over the ocean. From the vantage point of the hostel’s small garden, I witnessed the most beautiful sunset I have ever seen (cheesy, but completely true). It was a clear night and the oranges and pinks of the sun danced on the waves and lit up small trails of clouds, creating an orchestra of colour in the sky long after the sun set. Pictures can’t do it justice, so you’ll just have to go see for yourself!

Maddy travelled to Cornwall with YHA. National Student readers can get 10% off YHA stays with code NATSTU-017 so start your adventure today.

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