Cornwall is well known for its golden sands, crystal clear turquoise waters, its amazing surf and beaches that stretch for miles around coves and caves. Godrevy Beach ticks all of those boxes and is a must for surfers, families and anyone who just loves the beach.
I only discovered Godrevy Beach last summer when I was staying in St Ives. Having always had my favourites, such as Kynance Cove and Porthcurno Beach, I decided to venture to pastures, or sands new and I’m so glad I did, as Godrevy has now become a firm family favourite.
This beach signifies for me, everything that is unique and wonderful about our British coastline and one of the many reasons why Cornwall is such a wonderful place to be. Miles and miles of unspoilt coastline and sandy beaches, beautiful ocean views – you simply cannot beat it. Situated not far from Hayle and off the main A30 this is an easy beach to get to and also good to combine with a trip to nearby St Ives. It lies just off the B3301 from Hayle. When you see the sign to the Rockpool Cafe the turning for the car park is just after it on the left hand side.
There is a small National Trust car park quite close to the beach, free to NT members and there is also a brilliant cafe here. From the car park, it is a short walk down some steps, across a small bridge and follow the sandy path alongside the stream which leads you to the beach. Within minutes you arrive and you won’t want to leave. If you cannot park here, there is another much larger car park further along the road. You can also access the beach a little further along from here down some steps. There is a small charge for this car park for non NT members.
At low tide, there is just so much sand – proper beach sand, the kind that’s best for building amazing sandcastles, or sand vans/trucks/boats as we seem to do! There’s usually loads of rock pools around all the rocks as well, which are covered in thousands of muscles, limpets and other creatures. We often find little fish and crabs lurking in the rock pools so its great for kids to explore and learn about sea life too. Just make sure you put them back gently!
Even on a busy summer day, it feels that you have the beach to yourself, as there is so much sand and so much space, and although quite a few people generally flock to the area just as you reach the beach from the car park, if you walk a bit further you can ensure that you have a good space to yourself. There are lovely views towards St Ives and round the coves as well.
Clearly a surfers paradise, the waves look amazing (I do not surf but judging by the amount of surfers there and the size of the waves and the happy chatter it looks and sounds good).
William loves the stream/rivers that runs down the beach to the water and he happily spends hours playing in this – it looks fast flowing in places and deep but at low tide it really isn’t and lots of fun.
If you’ve not brought a picnic then the beach cafe, only 5/10 min walk from the beach does fantastic wraps and if you want something a bit more substantial, or an evening meal and a drink then the Rock Pool is the other side of the car park. This has a lovely atmosphere, nice outdoor seating area, and does great food. The service has always been prompt for us and although there’s not a huge range of dishes, its always been quick and delightful. We often go here for dinner and watch the sun set over the sea and then head back to the holiday cottage. A lovely way to end the day.
If you fancy a walk, its worth heading up the road beside the NT car park towards the headland. Godrevy is famous for its group of seals that live in one of the coves, and if you take the footpath from the top car park you can walk to the cove and often see up to 15 seals on the beach and swimming in the water.
It’s so wonderful to see them in their natural habitat. You can also see them on one of the regular boat trips from nearby St Ives who daily have several trips to see the seals on Seal Island. Remember to keep noise to a minimum as they can get disturbed and there’s often a lot of people there. You can also see the wonderful lighthouse as well from the beach and from the cliffs, and this makes a great photo opportunity.
A wonderful beach and definitely one to be on your list for any Cornwall trip.