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A great place to visit at any time of the year. There's a large range of tide there, so at high... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
David W
Camborne, United Kingdom
It’s How An Unspoilt Beach Should Be

Sitting at the end of StIves Bay Gwithian has not been commercialised. A visit here offers you;the... read more

Reviewed February 6, 2019
Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great place to visit at any time of the year. There's a large range of tide there, so at high spring tide there's little of the beach. At low tide, it's a long way out.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank David W
Reviewed February 6, 2019

Sitting at the end of StIves Bay Gwithian has not been commercialised. A visit here offers you;the opportunity to walk freely along the miles of sand and view the cliffs and dunes. A lovely place to spend an afternoon in winter when you have the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed February 6, 2019

Beautiful beach with fantastic views of Godrevy lighthouse, made even more spectacular due to the wind speed on the day! Crashing waves and seals in the cover, perfect coastal walk.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed December 28, 2018 via mobile

Another beautiful beach and slightly warm sea. There was around a dozen rock pools . We found crabs , tiny fish and shrimps. One of the best beaches.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank A3303XQpaulh
Reviewed December 18, 2018

Although this area can become very busy in the school holidays, this beach is plenty big enough to allow everyone to have some space. At low tide that is! What I like about the beach is that there are no fancy hotels or buildings to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

Gwithian beach is often very windy, but is worth exploring as well as visiting the neighbouring area of Godrevy Point. Surfers are often seen riding the very 'exciting' waves.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 22, 2018 via mobile

Stunning beach, superbly clean and wonderful walks. We went back three times it was so lovely. Weather was superb and being in October meant we could take our dogs, loved it.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 12, 2018

What country are we in? Absolutely not what I expected at all. Awesome. Glorious day, miles and miles of yellow sand, next to no one there. Spend an hour or a day and you will feel uplifted.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Inspire736614
Reviewed October 2, 2018

Just up on top the sand dunes is where my husband’s family home has been and it’s become a summer tradition for the entire family to meet there one sunny summer’s day to picnic & play cricket. There are always professional life guards present and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank sreejackson
Reviewed September 28, 2018

Keep it quiet but this is one of the best and least used beaches in Cornwall. It has a lovely café at the lighthouse end of the beach, I would highly recommend a visit.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Neva A
July 20, 2018|
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Response from Will_in_St_Ives | Reviewed this property |
No,it's National Trust for the most part and there's no camping on the beach. There is a camp site just up the road at gwithianfarmdotcodotuk which is also close to a pub!
June 30, 2016|
Response from 872andrewf | Reviewed this property |
I can't see why not! Near Godrevy head the National Trust may ban it. The beach is very tidal and if you are responsible I can see no reason why not!
June 10, 2016|
Response from IL1983 | Reviewed this property |
I did not see any signs for a specific area for dogs to be walked on.