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View of beach and sea from grassy land

A day at Par Sands

Par Sands is a expansive sandy beach, popular with dog walkers and children alike, and easily accessible with plenty of car parking space.

Family walking towards beach with grassy dunes

The beach is a safe place for children to play and paddle, with sand dunes and grassland behind. There's also a freshwater lake with a variety of wildfowl, ducks and swans eager to be fed. The beach is only around half a mile from the main train station and close to a good pub that caters well for families and dogs, with outside shelters and a range of play equipment for children. Within easy walking distance is the village of Par itself, with a nice variety of local shops, pubs and cafés. There is an Italian and an Indian restaurant nearby.

A mile or so away, the Luxulyan Valley is the steep-sided, wooded valley of the River Par. It was designated part of the World Heritage Site in 2006 and has a network of permissive paths, many of which are based on the routes of horse-drawn tramways (the old viaduct, canal and water wheel are still in evidence). The Par to Newquay branch train line runs through the woods (well fenced) which makes a pretty journey of less than an hour if walking is not for you.