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Penhale Sands

By MEM
Photo taken early in the morning when the mist from the Atlantic Ocean was starting to roll in, within another half hour or so it was becoming difficult to keep track of your bearings so a hasty retreat was the order of the day.
The photo is pretty much straight from the camera with the mist not having reached the foreground grasses.
The modern day concrete St Piran's Cross is in the background.
St Piran is the patron saint of tin miners and regarded as the national saint of Cornwall.
St Pirans flag is a white cross on a black background and a St Pirans day is held in Cornwall every year on the 5th March.

Penhale Sands, or Penhale Dunes is a complex of sand dunes and a protected area for its wildlife, situated on the north Cornwall coast, Penhale Sands are the highest sand dunes in Britain at 90 metres above sea level at their highest point,and are the largest sand dune system within Cornwall with a maximum depth of 48 metre (157 ft) of sand, the dunes are thought to have been formed over 5000 years ago when sands began to build up on a rocky plateau.

The sands are located 5 miles (8.0 km) south-west of the town of Newquay, in the civil parish of Perranzabuloe, stretching for over 2.5 miles (4.0 km) between Perranporth in the south and Hollywell to the north, with the Atlantic Ocean and Perran Beach to the west. The system, of over 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres), extends for more than 1 mile (1.6 km) inland.

Tags: Cornwall General Landscape and travel Penhale Sands St Pirans Cross

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you done lovely job taking this photo very good work Smile

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