Gwithian beach

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Season: winter

The tide was high and the sea was wild for this winter re-visit.  White breakers spanned the bay, right round to St Ives.  Storm watchers were out to record the action of the waves on the lighthouse at Godrevy and the soft cliffs here at Gwithian had been clawed away during the the recent spring tides.  This was nature in the raw, elemental and spectacular.

Winter visit photo gallery


Friends at the beach.


A wild vista at Gwithian.

Season: winter

Half a rising tide greeted me at Gwithian for this winter re-visit.  Messy seven foot high waves erupted randomly against a strong wind at this most elemental of beaches.  Sand blew across the flat surface of the beach and kite surfers battled with the conditions in front of Godrevy lighthouse.   The approach to Gwithian across the dunes, or Towans, is a panorama, with views from St Ives and Hayle round to Godrevy.  Highly recommended.

Winter visit photo gallery


The joy of the beach for Faye.


A wild day at Gwithian, on half a rising tide.

Season: spring

If you want a taste of elemental Cornwall, this is a fine beach to visit, as it forms part of the long stretch from Godrevy down to Hayle Towans, an unbroken ribbon of golden sand and dunes that face the wild Atlantic, with views across to Carbis Bay and St Ives.  The tide was almost out and my visit coincided with the advent of a storm from the west, to showcase the wild nature of this popular surfing beach.

Spring season photo gallery


What the beach means to Anna.


On the shoreline at Gwithian, just as the weather turns.

Winter (December 2012) visit photo gallery

Season: summer

If I lived in a city and I wanted to slip away when my head hit the pillow, this is where I’d go.  There’s such a wide range of sensory experiences.  Gwithian can be as wild as you like, especially down on the beach, in the wind and next to the surf, but today it was benign, peace personified.  There’s a rich variety of perspectives, from the contours and hollows of the dunes to a razor sharp horizon on a clear day.  The beach is long and flat, so the variety of water textures on this ebb tide was stunning.  Great beach, highly recommended.

Summer visit photo gallery


With Georgina, above the beach at Gwithian on a fine morning.


A sensory overload, at Gwithian beach on the North Coast of Cornwall.

Season: spring

Choosing your favourite beach is like your top ten records, different every time.  This beach is very special though, as it’s where, on my previous visit, it became clear to me that manonabeach was something worth pushing on with.  So I suppose that’s one thing that this beach means to me.  It was very mild and misty on this visit, with a lot of surfers in the sea.  The ebb tide left the sand glistening.  A wide expanse of sand was opening up as the tide fell away.  Great place, highly recommended.


Bob’s affinity for water and the sea, always pulling him to the beach.


An ebb tide at Gwithian, in North Cornwall.

Season: autumn

This magnificent North Coast beach is long and wild when the wind’s up, which it was during my visit.  There’s parking above the beach, along with a vibrant café and toilets.  Great beach, highly recommended.


The exposed beach at Gwithian.


This was a quick look at the action of the sea on the exposed rocks at low tide on Gwithian beach, hard to imagine how such hard rock can be sculpted so severely by sea and sand.


This wild, windswept walk was so invigorating.  At low tide, there was so much beach and the air was alive on a windy day.  This was a beach at its most elemental.


The charming chalets of Upton Towans sit on the dunes back from the beach, where the Jampot café sits.  I walked amongst the fragile dwellings, a counterpoint to the ferocity of the ocean just below the dunes on Gwithian beach.


More from my ramble through Upton Towans, featuring the charming Jam Pot cafe, an ideal hideaway on a blustery day.

One thought on “Gwithian beach

  1. Malcolm Lee

    It was good to see my old diving mate Bob in your film. Now understand what drove him (and me) into diving. He was also a good octopush player as well!


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