Backed by sand dunes, with a gentle golden slope leading down to clear waters, Gwithian’s lifeguarded shores are perfect for beach life. When the wind blows, watch surfers take on the Atlantic waves and kite surfers take to the air, with seasonal lifeguards looking on.
On a calm day, the waters are dotted with swimmers, families playing beach games and kids finding their feet with bodyboards. Watch the activity from the sand with a picnic, or see the sun set over the Atlantic with a beach barbecue – whatever you choose, whatever the weather, Gwithian is the idyllic beach retreat that Cornwall is so famous for.
With its rocky outcrops, great surf and sheltered shores perfect for sunbathers, Godrevy is the beach for those looking to find their own secluded spot of sand. When the tide is in, the size of Godrevy is greatly reduced in size, but put your trainers on and head up onto the rocks and watch the waves crash. Godrevy is under the watchful eye of seasonal lifeguards, so children can play happily in the sea, or explore the many rockpools and sandpools.
Godrevy beach and the grassy cliff above looks out towards Godrevy Lighthouse, the inspiration behind Virginia Woolfe’s To The Lighthouse. It’s one of our favourite spots to watch the sun set, turning the sky a deep red as the sun slips down behind the lighthouse – bring a barbecue for an idyllic Cornish evening.
And the rest…
Gwithian is flanked to the east by a number of beaches that make up the three miles of sands that stretches across St Ives Bay to Hayle Estuary. Upton Towans, Mexico Towans and Hayle Beach are all dog friendly all your round, and all interconnect as the tide goes out.
These beaches have much more than just sandy shores to explore, with a rich history to be found on the dunes behind them and caves to discover at low tide. From wartime structures to pillars used to facilitate the extraction of tin from the sand over a hundred years ago, there’s plenty to see for those who don’t fancy lounging in the sun all day.