Godrevy Cove, Hayle
More commonly known simply as Godrevy, this beach should not be confused with Godrevy Cove on the eastern flank of the Lizard Peninsula near St. Keverne.
Owned and managed by the National Trust, Godrevy lies just to the east of Godrevy Towans and 'Flat Rock' and is a good vantage point from which to view Godrevy Lighthouse.
North-west facing, Godrevy at low tide, completes the eastern section of a wide arc of sand stretching from Harvey's Towans and Phillack in the southwest, where the beaches border the River Hayle, in an unbroken crescent for almost three and a half miles.
The beach is very popular, especially in high season, due to its proximity to a large number of holiday parks and campsites and also to the towns of Camborne, Redruth and Hayle.
Relatively gently shelving and mainly sandy with a little shingle and rocky areas, Godrevy offers fine views of the iconic lighthouse and across St. Ives Bay to Carbis Bay and St. Ives.
There are many rock pools of all shapes and sizes to entertain the younger members of the family and rock stacks to run around to let off steam.
RNLI Lifeguards patrol the Red River (southern) section of the beach from the middle of May until the end of September. Swimming is not recommended due to strong rip currents offshore although bathing is possible when advised as safe to do so and within the area indicated by the lifeguards' flag system.
The southern end of the beach, nearer to Gwithian, is popular with surfers and body boarders as its westerly aspect catches the best of any Atlantic swells.
Access to the beach is from a number of small car parks along this stretch of coast. Refreshments and toilets are to be found at the main parking area beside the Godrevy Beach cafe. Due to the popularity of the beach it is generally advisable to arrive early to ensure a space.
There is a seasonal dog ban from May to the end of September on sections of the beach. Please see local signage to comply with any restrictions.
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Sandy beach
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✘ Seasonal dog ban
✔ Good Surfing
OS Explorer Map 102: Land's End
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Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
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