Gwithian Towans


The Towans (Godrevy)
© Geograph

Water Quality

Annual classification

2018 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

A large sandy bay which connects to Gwithian at low tide - owned by the National Trust. Within view, but just off the coast, is Godrevy Lighthouse. Godrevy cafe opens during the holiday seasons and warmer days throughout the year. There is an adapted toilet available to RADAR key holders.


Popular with surfers as the beach is exposed to the full Atlantic swell - the waves can be huge! Bring a picnic.

Wildlife and Walks

Explore the heathland of the Knavocks on the circular walk route from Godrevy, heading north to Hell’s Mouth - there is a cafe here too. With breeding birds in abundance, the area is excellent for bird watching. Look out for peregrines and, offshore, for passing shearwaters and storm petrels.

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency, during the bathing season, 15th May to 30th September.
Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2018 Excellent

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

Excellent — the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest

Good — generally good water quality

Sufficient — meets minimum standards

Poor — You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Strong currents Strong currents
Large breaking waves Large breaking waves
Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
Deep shelving beach Deep shelving beach

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Facilities at Gwithian Towans

Campsite Campsite Food Food Toilets Toilets



Pay & display parking - National Trust members park for free. Very busy in summer and will be limited when too wet to park in the field spaces.

Dog restrictions


Seasonal ban in place between 1st May and 30th September (8:00am - 7:00pm).

Beach cleaning

No current information. Please help by taking your litter home with you.



Dates and times

Service provided by

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Please ensure you read beach notice boards for any changes to lifeguard service. Please see safety tab for more information on beach safety.