Circular walks visiting Gwithian beach

The beach at Gwithian, Cornwall

The series of west-facing beaches running from Hayle to Godrevy are particularly favoured by kite surfers due to the large expanse of uncrowded waves. At high tide, the largest beach stretches over two miles from Black Cliff to rocks at Gwithian. North of this, St Gothian Sands lies between Strap Rocks and Magow Rocks at Gwithian. North of the Red River and smaller again is the Godrevy beach, which disappears into several small coves at the highest part of the tide. At low tide, all these beaches combine into one three mile stretch of sand from Godrevy point to the Hayle River.

  • 2.7 miles/4.3 km - Easy

    Hayle and The Towans

    Hayle and The Towans

    2.7 miles/4.3 km - Easy

    A circular walk on the Towans at Hayle where Cornwall's beam engines were cast using sand from a prehistoric lagoon when West Penwith was an island.

  • 2.4 miles/3.8 km - Easy-moderate

    Gwithian and Upton Towans

    Gwithian and Upton Towans

    2.4 miles/3.8 km - Easy-moderate

    A circular walk around the nature reserve in the sand dunes that was once the National Explosives Works where young girls manufactured dynamite from nitroglycerine, two tonnes of which denotated causing a shockwave that broke windows in St Ives and Penzance and could be heard on Dartmoor.

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