Beaches & Coastline

Gwithian Beach

Gwithian Towans Beach, Hayle, Cornwall, UK, TR27 5BX
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Gwithian is backed by sand dunes with wild grass. At low tide there is miles of sand to enjoy with large areas of rock pools and caves making it great for kids to explore.

The beach is a favourite destination for surfers as the constant swell coming in from the ocean provides good all year round conditions making it perfect for all abilities. On a good day expect long walling lefts and rights with the possiblility of a few barrels thrown in at low tide. Common seals are a regular sight near the beach and the area is a breeding ground for colonies of seabirds such as guillemots, razorbills and cormorants. The Sunset Surf beachside café and bar overlooks the beach and is open all year, serving locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.

Access to the beach is along a path through the sand dunes from the car park. Lifeguard cover is provided from Easter until the October half-term holidays.


  • RNLI lifeguards on duty – May to September
  • Be aware of the tide as some areas of the beach can get cut off
  • Take care near cliff edges – keep children supervised


Dogs are welcome on this beach except between 1 May and 30 September (8am –7pm) when a seasonal dog ban is in place between Ceres Rock and Red River.

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