Walking around Gwithian

Around Gwithian you have literally miles of coast paths and footpaths right on your doorstep. In spring the sand dunes are at their loveliest and a walk in the dunes back towards Hayle will take you for as long (or as short) as you wish. As well as the sporadically market South West Coast Path, there are literally hundreds of other meandering routes. In the opposite direction, a more adventurous one hour walk takes you to Godrevy Point. Take binoculars for a good look at the Godrevy lighthouse, an 86 foot white octagonal tower, opened in 1859 and manned until 1934. Virginia Woolfe could see Godrevy lighthouse from her childhood holiday home across the bay in St Ives and it became an important motif in her writing, and of course the inspiration for “To The Lighthouse”. Keep walking along the cliff path (be brave but take care!) and you will come to Seal Cove and Mutton Cove where, in spring and autumn you may be lucky enough to see dozens of seals basking on the beach far below. Push on and you will be rewarded by a cafe at aptly named Hell’s Mouth… still further along the north cliffs takes you the five miles or so to Portreath. If you like serious walking, our advice is to get an OS map before you come (Explorer No 102 is good).