South West Coast Path – Godrevy Head

South West Coast Path - Godrevy Head

This short walk has great views across St Ives Bay, and out to the lighthouse on Godrevy Island just off shore. Children will love the long beach, as well as the island and the lighthouse and the tales of shipwrecks. A good walk in spring, when the coastal grasslands are full of wildflowers and fulmars nest noisily in the cliffs, and in autumn, especially during strong winds, when huge flocks of migrating seabirds pass through, including kittiwakes and sometimes storm petrels.

This walk begins by rounding the Hayle Estuary, an interesting area of marshes and river but also with some road walking. From the mouth of the estuary we then pass the glorious sandy beach of Hayle Towans that runs for a couple of miles to Godrevey Point and lighthouse.

East from here the walk is more rocky, passing numerous rocky bays including Hells Mouth to finish in the village of Portreath with its sandy beach and small harbour.