Hey guys! I know I haven’t been very active lately, but I’ve been very busy finishing assignments, etc. But I’ve got a few posts lined up so please be patient! So the past week and a half has seen the weather go downhill again, just when it was starting to get sunny. Typical English weather, right? So on Saturday we decided to just google beaches around Cornwall and we clicked on one of the close ones, Gwithian beach. It was only a 30 minute drive so we quickly got ready, set up the sat-nav and set off on a small local adventure. I needed the stress-free time
The drive was calming as we journeyed through the countryside to Gwithian, which sits happily opposite St. Ives and is near the town of Hayle. When we arrived we went through the little village and straight towards the beaches parking spots- there are various ones spread around, and there’s a large parking space right next to the beach so park there if you don’t fancy walking through the sand dunes! We parked right by the entrance so we were quite far away from the beach and at one point got quite lost because we couldn’t figure out where we needed to go in order to actually get down onto the beach.
Wandering through the sand dunes felt like walking through a desert, it was huge and took so long to get to the beach, but it was fun to feel slightly lost in a new place! The dunes end with cliff edges so do be careful if you visit, especially if you’re taking children along. Because the dunes are set up quite high, you get to see a birds eye view of the beach- it’s a great sight! There were ice-cream vans along the way which made the walk even more enjoyable!
The dunes and beach are entirely dog friendly, although apparently there are seasonal bans, but now and throughout summer is perfectly acceptable. We thought that the beach would be a small cute one, but we were really surprised when we got there and saw the long stretch of gorgeous golden sand. It was really a beautiful site, especially with pretty St. Ives in the background. There’s two beaches technically, that connect to one another. The long one would be perfect for summer and busy days as you don’t have to push your way through the crowd to find a great spot (it’s so long that you can sit anywhere without having to worry about space!) and there’s a smaller beach right around the cliff and rock pools. The sand was so soft and smooth, and I picked up a pocketful of seashells (little hobby of mine). Rory thinks I’m like a magpie collecting things.
We went onto the small beach as we decided we’d leave the long stretch of sand for another day and bring a picnic. I decided that I would dunk my feet in the sea for the first time in 2017. Yes, it was freezing but I got over that eventually. It felt so nice walking through the water while seeing if I could find any pretty shells. Although, I do hate the feeling of wet sand on my feet, it’s horrible!
There’s great surf for anyone wanting to hit the waves and there’s even a surf school on the beach for anyone wanting to learn. The water was a gorgeous turquoise and I can’t wait to go in when I go there in summer! If you’re wanting some tea, coffee, cakes or food then there are cafes around the area, and there’s even a cute one based right on the beach for anyone feeling peckish.
If you haven’t visited Gwithian yet and are looking for a new beach to walk on there this place is a MUST!!! It’s perfect and a stunning spot for a day out alone or with friends and family. This will definitely be a summer shot spot as you’ve got the stunning beach and setting AND St. Ives is just around the corner if you need some shopping, etc!
I’m already planning my next visit and cannot wait to dunk my feet in the sea again. I hope to see you there!
I would really appreciate it if you could suggest a beach in Cornwall that we could go visit! What is your favourite beach in Cornwall or wherever? I’d love to find out and explore!