If you consider St Ives Bay in general to be a semicircle of fine golden sand beaches facing north, Gwithian Towans occupy the 'middle section' of Hayle Sands. Gwithian Towans is a northwest facing section of beach located just seaward of the small coastal village of Gwithian. The Towans part of the name should indicate that there are sand dunes here as 'Towan' means 'dunes' in Cornish.
There are a couple of car parks here, one beside the Gwithian Beach Café, literally a stone's through from the beach and another to the southeast of the Towans reached by taking St. Ives Lane.
The beach offers good surfing in quite strong surf and is very popular with a range of visitors from the local towns or from further afield. There are fine walks along the beach southwest into Upton Towans and northeast past the Strap Rocks into Godrevy Beach and Towans with its iconic lighthouse.
The beach is backed by undulating grass covered dunes offering youngsters the chance to let off steam or families to have a 'hidden' picnic. Public conveniences are located above Strap Rocks whilst other refreshments are available at the Red River Inn in Gwithian village.
There are wide range of accommodation options here from caravans and camping to beach chalets available to rent on a weekly basis.
NOTE: Please stick to the paths provided as certain areas have undergone erosion due to their very popularity and are undergoing stabilisation and regeneration.
✔ Sandy beach
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Family friendly
✔ Lifeguard in summer
✘ Seasonal dog ban
✔ Rescue equipment
✔ Good Surfing
OS Explorer Map 102: Land's End
This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
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