Cornwall LivingIssue #94
Life’s a beach
With sweeping sand dunes, enticing rockpools, lifeguarded waves and miles of beach, owner of Forever Cornwall, Phil Gendall, explores Gwithian as one of the UKís classic holiday destinations.
If you’re unfamiliar with this spot, the beach at Gwithian is tucked away on the west side of St Ives Bay. Thanks to its westerly facing position, it basks in sunlight throughout the day. The beach is backed by towering dunes (or ‘the Towans’), and has endless golden sand and crystal-clear sea. Across the bay you can see St Ives perched on the horizon, and just offshore is the iconic Godrevy Lighthouse, the inspiration behind Virginia Woolf’s To The Lighthouse. We ask Phil to sum up what he loves about this beautiful pocket of Cornwall.
“This is a wildlife-rich area with numerous seals, and even dolphins and rare Cornish choughs”
Space to breathe
Gwithian is at one end of three miles of beach stretching all the way to Hayle, “so even in August,” Phil explains, “you can find plenty of space for you and your clan.” The dunes invite exploration and coastal paths stretch out towards the lighthouse and beyond. “This is a wildlife-rich area with numerous seals, and even dolphins and rare Cornish choughs – making it a great place to unwind and really feel as if you’re in another world.”
Something for everyone
“As the beach is so vast,” Phil continues, “it offers something for everybody. It’s a great place to learn or improve your surfing skills, with schools offering lessons and gear rental. At low tide the beach has an array of rock and sand pools, which are perfect places to explore and paddle with the little ones.” What’s more, four-legged friends are welcome all year round on the south-westerly section of the beach.
Forever Cornwall has a selection of chic chalets and stylish beach houses within a stone’s throw of the sea, handpicked for people who like nice things. If this sounds like you, book your 2020 Gwithian holiday now and give yourself something to look forward to!
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"This is a wildlife-rich area with numerous seals, and even dolphins and rare Cornish choughs"