Other beaches around st ives Bay
Choose your piece of paradise to doze in the warm sunshine. Let your imagination run free on beaches of soft sand with award winning bathing waters
Carbis Bay has a large sandy privately owned beach with very safe bathing and almost always calm conditions. It is a lovely spot for children and has good facilities including café and toilet. The branch line train station is above the beach and there is convenient parking. The cliff walk to nearby Porthkidney Sands or St Ives starts just above the beach.
*It is dangerous to bathe in the river estuary but very safe in the sea if you keep between the flags*
Porthkidney Sands is a vast expanse of sand backed by sand dunes and the West Cornwall Golf Links. It is at least five minutes’ walk from the parking area by Lelant Church to the beach. At low tide it can be almost a mile to the water's edge and beware the tide can come in very quickly across the flat sand. This beach is never overcrowded; but has no facilities.
Riverside, Lelant, the approach to Porthkidney Sands, is best treated with the utmost respect. Never bathe from this beach from which the fast flowing River Hayle shelves away very steeply. Walk around to Porthkidney or enjoy sunbathing in the sand dunes instead. There are no facilities at Riverside.
On the opposite bank from Riverside, Lelant, the Hayle Towans beach begins at the end of Hayle Harbour and curls around to a wide expanse of flat bay side beach. Bathing is safe well away from the very dangerous tidal river. There is ample parking here and good facilities at the cliff top overlooking the bay. Sandy pools are left by the receding tide.
Beachside, Hayle, is an open sandy beach under the Black Rocks cliffs, the start of Hayle’s famous three miles of golden sands stretching to Godrevy. There are seasonal lifeguards to promote safe bathing within designated areas. Beach shops are on the approach to the beach which is served by bus services and adequate car parks.
Mexico Towans, Hayle:
Further around St Ives Bay on the north east side of the Black Cliffs, the more remote Mexico Beach offers moderate surfing from a sandy beach backed by a great dune system. Excellent for swimming and sunbathing, Mexico Beach has ample car parking and seasonal lifeguards but limited facilities.
Upton Towans and Gwithian:
Upton Towans and Gwithian (with parking at Gwithian Towans, free in winter) offer small coves, rock pools, sand dunes, surfing, windsurfing and safe bathing in designated areas with lifeguards in attendance. A popular area year round, there is often a range of activities in progress and the surf cafes on Gwithian Towans are justly popular.
Godrevy is famous for its lighthouse, immortalised by Virginia Woolf in her book "To the Lighthouse". The surfing eastern end of Gwithian Sands gives way to rocky inlets and small beaches backed by a wave cut platform. Be sure to keep out of the dangerous channel between the lighthouse and the beach. There are seasonal lifeguards and the excellent Godrevy Café by the National Trust car park serves generous portions.