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Gwithian Beach

St Ives Bay, St Ives, England
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Ranked #2 of 12 activities in St Ives
Type: Beaches
Activities: Surfing
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Surrey
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Breathtaking 3 miles of sandy beach, with caves, rock pools and exploring galore. We visited 3 times in one week and wished we could have had more time. In peak time there are impressive amounts of competent and approachable lifeguards on duty. I would thoroughly recommend this beach to families, superb!

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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Stunning beach, lovely and clean. Great for kids with lots of rock pools etc to explore. Beach as life guards during summer months. Car park is quite expensive but well worth it for a great day on the beach

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

We love this beach. Sandy, blue water, interesting rocks and sand dunes above. The dog loves it just as much, swimming in the rock pools. Beautiful, beautiful

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St Ives, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

ok beach. very exposed to the prevailing Westerly winds, so often has messy waves. Picks up more swell than many beaches in the area, so usually has bigger waves. Dirty looking grey sand towards godrevey end. Great cafe at Godrevey though! Often inundated with dogs.

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Hayle, United Kingdom
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252 attraction reviews
254 helpful votes 254 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

If you are going for a winter walk go across an interesting piece of history. During the 1914-18 war period it is amazing that this whole area was a vast factory complex that produced explosives for the military. You will find the blast walls that surrounded the various mixing sheds,remains of roads etc, well worth a detour on the way... More

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North London
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5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Gwithian Bay is a beautiful expansive beach with safe surfing in the lifeguarded area. Parking was easy - a bit of a walk to the beach (don't carry too much ...but don't forget your windbreak!) The cafe and shop at Gwithian offer good food and coffee (either to eat or takeaway to the beach) and some reasonably priced original surfware.... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013 via mobile

Gwithian beach has something for everyone from high level surfing, walking, relaxing to rock pools for the little and not so little. Three miles of unspoilt sandy beach bordered by acres of sand dunes. You can always find a quiet spot. While Sunset Surf cafe is there to supply a welcome drink, snack or meal. One of my favourite beaches... More

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Derby, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Whether you just walk, run, swim, or play on the surf then what a wonderful scenic place to be. For us we travel here twice a year for some simple R&R, just sit outside and watch others strutt their fun and games, or maybe I'll break out the Blokart, wind and tides permitting and have a blast up and down... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

This place is fantastic. The beach is huge when the tide is out. The surf is almost always good and there are classes for beginners. The beach now has lifeguards in more spots so safety has improved and the toilet facilities are better than they used to be. There is a little shop on the beach front at the car... More

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Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

Our holiday park had an entrance down to this beach through sand dunes. It's such a beautiful beach. The kids (aged 1, 8 and .. 29! ha) Loved it! The waves made it perfect for body boarding, my 8yr old was flying across the beach! The sand is lovely, no pebbles, stones just the odd bit of seaweed.

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