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Gwithian and Godrevy Cornwall

Gwithian and Godrevy Cornwall

Godrevy Lighthouse and Beach

Set at the end of St Ives Bay Cornwall and overlooking St Ives across the Bay are the Cornish beaches of Gwithian and Godrevy, both breathtaking and offering spectacular beaches, cliff walks and views. Famous for the Godrevy seals both beaches are just a couple of miles outside Hayle Cornwall and definitely worth seeing whatever the weather. Gwithian and Godrevy are separated by the famous Red River, once stained red by tin mining waste, but are now home to some of the cleanest, safest beaches in Cornwall. Gwithian Cornwall and Godrevy Cornwall both offer some seasonal life guarded areas and seasonal dog bans apply.


Gwithian and the nearby Hayle area offer some of the best places to come surfing in Cornwall and even some of the best surfing in the UK as they offer waves for all skill levels and, critically in the winter months, several options to take flight to when the exposed beaches are taking a battering. To check out the surf at Gwithian today see Gwithian Surf Report.  

These Cornish beaches situated at the northernmost end of St Ives Bay, hoover up most of the swell that the Atlantic can throw at it and it’s rare for them to ever go flat. Gwithian in particular is very popular in summer with all levels of surfer making the most of her emerald waves.  Gwithian beach is an excellent place to learn to surf in Cornwall and great place for a surf lesson as due to the gently sloping nature of the beach the surf forms and breaks very slowly giving aspiring surfers more time to get to their feet and owing to the generous ‘fetch’ of the Atlantic Ocean Gwithian Beach gets rideable surf year round.

When the surf picks up then the other, less exposed, beaches start to get waves of their own. Heading down St Ives Bay towards Hayle you can find several other beachbreak waves.

For surf lessons at Gwithian then head to Gwithian Academy of Surfing -  click to read more. They offer lessons for beginners and experienced surfers and all instructors are fully qualified as surf coaches, lifeguards and first aiders and two have even coached the British Junior Surfing Team on a number of occasions.  Or if you don't need a lesson you can hire surf boards and wetsuits from them.

Watch Video of Surfing at Gwithian


Gwithian Beach is a long stretch of sandy Cornish beach bordered by dunes and cliffs, popular with surfers, kayakers, walkers and beach goers. There is a large car park for which fees apply, a cafe and small beach shop.

Gwithian Beach

Gwithian beach can be seen in the distance in the photograph above.

GODREVY Cornwall

Godrevy is a National Trust property with three Cornish beaches, two sandy and one sand and stone. Being National Trust you have to pay to enter with your car unless you are a member. From Easter until September the toilets and large grass car parks at the top of Godrevy open offering plenty of parking and an opportunity to sit on the grass by your car if going to the beach isn't for you.

Godrevy is popular with surfers, kayakers, walkers and beach goers. Seasonal restrictions apply to dogs on the beaches (information on dog friendly beaches Cornwall) but there are many cliff top walks dogs can enjoy all year and they are allowed on the beaches after 7pm in the evening. Be aware as each year dogs are lost over the cliff edge or to adder snake bites, keep them close and under control - read more about hazards for dogs in Cornwall.

Godrevy beach overlooks the The Godrevy light house which stands on it's own island (and featured in Virginia Woolf's book to The Lighthouse). The beach is lined by rocks housing many rock pools and steep cliffs.

Facilities at Godrevy are limited, there are toilets open from Easter until October, a cafe with very limited seasonal opening hours.

Watch Video of Godrevy Sunset

Godrevy Seals

A large seal colony lives at Godrevy Cornwall and the seals can be seen swimming in the sea or from the cliff top on their beach in breeding season. To see the seals walk past the toilet blocks with the toilets on your right, follow the road and enter the large grass car park, walk at a diagonal angle to your right across the car park heading for the gate and foot path in the top right hand corner, follow this footpath until you are at the cliff edge. The beach the seals congregate on is below. You are warned not to approach the seals or make loud noises when looking at them as this can disturb them which would be particularly bad in breeding season. If you are lucky you will see seals swimming in the sea around the Godrevy and Gwithian area. You may even see a baby seal!

Images Of Seals at Godrevy Cornwall

Seals Godrevy Cornwall

Godrevy Seals Cornwall

Godrevy Cornwall

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