11. Praa Sands

Praa Sands is a southeast facing beach on the western side of the Lizard Peninsula and on the eastern side of the wider Mount’s Bay area.

There is rock armour protecting the western end of the beach, where Head material is eroding,  eastward from the car parks and access point.

The sand is soft and medium to fine-grained with an even mix of shelly quartz and lithic fragments.

There is a band of peat that is at beach level, forming a platform at the western end of the beach, but rises in the cliff exposures and then peters out eastwards. This is of great historical and geological importance.

There is a great deal of active erosion at the middle to eastern ends where dunes are not present or are disconnected from the beach.

Walkover report and photos of 17 November 2021

DW12_Praa Sands_2021-11-17.pdf

Eroding cliffs. Loss of climbing dune system. Erosion risk to property and local road.
Potential Actions
Soft cliff slope re-grading and planting, dynamic revetments, dune rehabilitation.
Community Groups
None identified
Key Stakeholders

  • National Trust
  • Cornwall Council.
CCMA potential

Shoreline Management Plan
SMP Management Area: MA18
SMP Policy Unit: PU18.2
SMP Policies:
  • Present - Managed Realignment
  • Transition - Managed Realignment
  • Target - Hold The Line
Link to SMP Chapter 4 assessment for Management Area 18

A link to the Praa Sands page on the 'Let's Talk Cornwall' website will appear here in due course.