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Praa Sands (properly pronounced pray; prah or prar are incorrect) is a coastal village in the Parish of Breage, located off the main road between Helston and Penzance in Cornwall, England, UK. Formerly serving the local mining industry, it is now predominantly a tourist-oriented area.

Praa is the ancient Cornish word meaning "hag's" or "witch's cove".

Situated in a sheltered depression within Mount's Bay, it has a long, wide sandy beach facing South, lapped by comparatively large waves for the area. The beach, which has shallow waters and seasonal lifeguards, attracts surfers and holidaymakers. Adjacent to the beach is traditional retail outlets serving the holiday maker.

The village is also the site of a "haunted" castle, a small "keep" building that is in private hands; Pengersick Castle is also supposed to be one of the most haunted buildings in the UK, and holds regular ghost-hunting activities and other similar pursuits, such as holding events at Christmas and Halloween. It was also investigated in series two of Most Haunted with Yvette Fielding and Derek Acorah.

To the west side of the village is another small beach, Kennegy, which is accessible from the cliff path at low tide.

Coordinates: 50°6′N 5°23′W / 50.1°N 5.383°W / 50.1; -5.383


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