Hayle to Godrevy
The magnificent walk from Hayle to Godrevy Lighthouse takes in walking on the beach or dunes.
Probably the most photographed lighthouse in the World, Godrevy Lighthouse sits on a rock island in the sea and was made famous in a novel by Daphne DuMaurier “To the Lighthouse”.
Starting on the beach at The Cove Café, simply head along the beach with the sea to your left. Soon the path enters a huge area of sand dunes.
The coast path here, follows various wooden posts marked with yellow arrows in the dunes, which seemsto keep randomly heading away from the coast.
Local recommendation is simply take on of the well-walked paths that follows as close as possible to the coast and you can’t go wrong.
Soon you pass the Beachside Holiday Park in the dunes to the right.
Continue passing another holiday park and the Shore Surf School on the right.
The path keeps ahead into a more worn area of the dunes and the official route again heads a little way inland from the beach.
If you are walking along the beach you may wish to return to the official way-marked route here, depending on the state of the tide.
Prior to this there is always sand even at high tide but a little north of here the beach is completely covered around high tide so if you are not sure or if the tide is coming in, take to the coast path again, as the sand dunes on the right soon give way to low cliffs, making it harder to join the official route.
Follow the wooden posts through the back of the dunes and again if in doubt keep to a path close to the coast through the dunes.
Soon the path continues through the dunes on top of the low cliffs and you keep to this until you reach a car park, this time Gwithian Towans.
Continue through the car park on the cliff top as it descends back down to the beach level. Here you have another excellent beach backed by a mixture of dunes and various little ponds.
The beach has some shingle and pebbles at the back of the beach. If you are using an Ordnance Survey Map at this point there is an inconsistency in that the Orange covered Explorer map shows the coast path following the high tide mark, whilst the pink Landranger map shows the route as heading inland here to the road and following the road for nearly half a mile. Don’t do that, but instead follow the beach at the high tide mark.
As you reach the cliffs at the north end of the beach there is a stream running over the sand to the sea with cliffs beyond. Turn right just before this stream and follow along it’s edge with the stream on your left to a footbridge which crosses it and then once over the stream, turn left and then follow the track up the cliff to the National Trust car park and café .
On reaching the car park turn left and follow the road leading from the car park as it heads left back to the cliff top. The coast path generally follows this minor road (although there is a brief section on the left you can leave the road), but it’s a very quiet road as it only leads to a car park.
Just past the car park you have the beautiful Godrevy Cove to your left and can enjoy fine views all around St Ives Bay and back to St Ives itself.
At the south edge of this beach the road turns to the right – do not take this but continue straight ahead on the coast path. This heads out onto Godrevy Point the very north end of the bay with Godrevy Island, with it’s lighthouse just off the coast.