General information

Gwithian Towans is really the middle section of Hayle Sands, a very long, sandy beach that continues from the Hayle Estuary to this particular area and on to Godrevy Point. It’s not one of the best known Cornish beaches, but it has a lot to offer for family beach holidays or couple beach holidays. It’s a pet-friendly beach during the winter months, but dogs are banned in the summer. It’s one of the lesser known of Cornwall's surfing beaches, but the surfing is excellent. Beach holiday accommodation here includes self-catering beach cottages (some actually on the beach), beach apartments in the nearby town, and beach holiday homes. Gwithian Towans Beach holidays are truly family beach holidays, with plenty of entertainment.

Major attractions

Cheap Gwithian Towans Beach holidays have many attractions that can be enjoyed once you’re established in your beach holiday rentals or beach cottages. Godrevy Lighthouse is an impressive sight and accessible by walking across the rocks. There are enough caves, coves, and rock pools around the adjacent cliffs to keep the children occupied for hours. These and the sand dunes are also home to some very interesting flora and fauna. A nearby colony of seals can be watched from a distance at any time of year; there are usually about thirty and sometimes as many as two hundred. On the beach itself is the very popular café and shop called the Jampot, which is actually a listed historical building. There is seating inside and plenty more in the garden, making it an ideal place to eat in the summer. A little farther away is the Sunset Surf café, which is also a surf shop, and of course there’s a surf school close by for beginners.

When to visit

Due to Cornwall’s mild climate, this beach can be comfortably visited in spring or autumn, when the weather is still relatively reliable, but it’s at its best in the summer, when facilities are open to the public.

How to reach

Gwithian Towans Beach is 20 miles from Truro and four miles from Hayle. Take the A30 to Hayle. The turning is at the Loggans Moor roundabout, quickly following which is a double roundabout. At the second of these, turn right onto the B3301 Gwithian/Portreath Road. Before Gwithian turn left onto a small signposted road to Gwithian Towans and the beach.


Surfing is very popular on Gwithian Towans Beach, and England offers few better spots for beach holidays and for surfing. It is a reasonably well-exposed beach break that generally has waves. The offshore winds from the east southeast work the swells best and also provide action for windsurfers. Waves break both left and right at the beach. The waves are of a consistent quality, making surfing here ideal for all levels of competence, including beginners. And with this activity, you can enjoy really cheap beach holidays here. It’s also a child-friendly beach, sloping gently into the water, and therefore perfect for family beach holidays and group beach activity. Additionally, there’s lifeguard cover on Gwithian Towans Beach from April 29 to September 25. There’s plenty of sand and nearby dunes for the children to play in, and opportunities for seal and dolphin watching and even sea fishing from the rocks around the lighthouse at high tide, when mackerel, wrasse, and garfish can be caught.

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