Gwithian and Godrevy, when the tide is low, are connected to other beaches that lead all the way to Hayle estuary. This three mile expanse is formed by Godrevy, Gwithian, Upton Towans, Mexico Towans and Hayle beach, which sits at the mouth of Hayle estuary. Both Upton Towans and Mexico Towans allow dogs all year round, and the next beach over from Hayle beach, Porthkidney, is also dog friendly – so there’s plenty of space to let the dogs run. Seasonal lifeguards serve Gwithian and Godrevy, so they’re great for those wanting to get in the water – but do respect the sea and avoid going in the water when the lifeguards are off-duty. You’ll find plenty of people in the water on these beaches, and although the majority will be surfers, there are plenty of windsurfers, kite-surfers and paddle-boarders about too, providing scenes of real adrenaline for onlookers on dry land. The popular Sunset Surf Café, and the iconic Jam Pot café are great to watch the watersports from, and also act as a cosy place to warm up after a swim or surf.
While Gwithian is totally sandy, Godrevy offers a pebbled area which is perfect for beach barbecues and sea fishing, while the sandy side of Godrevy offers a more secluded space. Godrevy is owned by The National Trust, and is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), with a particularly beautiful stretch of the South West Coast Path featuring a picture perfect view of Godrevy Island and the lighthouse, which inspired Virginia Woolfe, that sits on it. This footpath also takes you to the cliffs above Mutton Cove where you can often see over 100 seals if the timing is right! The dunes behind Godrevy are also home to St. Gothian Sands Nature Reserve, which has developed into a haven for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts alike.
Gwithian village sits set back from the beach, hidden from view by the rolling towans. This small hamlet is extremely pretty, and the local pub, the Red River Inn is a great place to grab a bite to eat and sample some local ales. For amenities and entertainment besides what can be found on the beach, head a few miles west of Gwithian to Hayle. This local town has plenty of supermarkets, restaurants and shops, while on the outskirts you will find some great farm shops – try Richard’s or Trevaskis Farm for your fresh fruit and veg. Beyond Hayle is also where you’ll find the dog-friendly Porthkidney beach, and just a few miles further across the bay is St Ives. This beautiful town is a hive of activity during the summer, with local boutiques, restaurants and art galleries offering plenty to do all in a picturesque setting. For those looking to escape the crowds, a visit to St Ives out of season is a must. Its rich history of artists is commemorated by numerous museums and galleries, including the Tate St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth museum. St Ives is a great place to explore for anyone visiting the area, and why not make a day of it by including a stroll or sunbathe on the towns’ two main beaches, Porthmeor and Porthminster.
With all the attractions, shopping opportunities, wildlife spotting and long sandy beaches it is no surprise that the Gwithian and Godrevy area is a popular spot for holidays. Our range of beach houses, chalets and cottages are mostly dog friendly and perfect for a relaxing break in Cornwall.