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“Grew up here”
Review of Gwithian Beach

Gwithian Beach
Ranked #3 of 56 things to do in St Ives
Certificate of Excellence
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Hayle, United Kingdom
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1,077 reviews
558 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 575 helpful votes
“Grew up here”
Reviewed 17 July 2012

Ill spent youth surfing and Hunting surfer girls, this three miles of beach is just about right. We once found the reminants of an American plane in the Dunes.

Fond memories of late night BBQ's on the beach listening to Radio Caroline {You will not know what that was}
At the rear of the beach are the reminants of a ww1 munition factory, the blast walls that remain make ideal camp and BBQ sites.....explore this place it is wonderfull.

Visited August 2011
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English first
Helston, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Brilliant walks.”
Reviewed 17 July 2012

The towans behind the beach are great for kids and dogs. When the tide is out the walk along the beach is superb and even better in the winter. Not to be missed !!!!!!!!!

Visited March 2012
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Bournemouth
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127 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Stunning beach, wonderful cliff walks, naturally beautiful. You might see seals!”
Reviewed 15 July 2012

We've been here twice now, in 2011 and 2012. In brilliant sunshine (July 2011) the tide was out and we marvelled at the phenomenal width and length of the beach and beauty of the surf rolling in. We paddled in rock pools (freezing - it is the Atlantic after all!) and had a very relaxing couple of hours.

This year, despite the rain and blustery wind, we loved it again, and were able to spend much more time here. Even though conditions were challenging, there were many surfers out on the water, god fun to watch for me!

We walked east away from the beach and were lucky enough to see various birds of prey (I'm not expert enough to know what they were!) on the cliffs and hovering, and also seals playing in the surf and floating in the sheltered bay just a few minutes walk from the National Trust car park. Fantastic!

Visited July 2012
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Truro, United Kingdom
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237 reviews
81 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“Surf, rock pools, cafe, wonderful sand.”
Reviewed 14 July 2012

This is a great family beach that we have enjoyed year after year. Can get quite windy but good for surfing, kite flying etc.

Visited July 2012
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Camborne, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“This is NOT ST. Ives”
Reviewed 30 June 2012

This is Gwithian Beach in Hayle, Cornwall. It is across the bay from St. Ives and again misleadingly the biggest caravan and touring park is called St Ives Bay. This is Hayle, not St. Ives, the River Hayle flows into the bay so why call it St. Ives Bay? The River Niagara flows over Niagara Falls but no one would call it Lake Eyrie Falls would they. For goodness sake please right this wrong that we Hayle people have had to put up with for all our lives.
THIS IS THE BEST BEACH EVER. But the car parking is not free. It's the best free entertainment area ever. Use your imagination for things to do. Build sandcastles, fly a kite, have a swim, look in the rockpools, climb up the steps up the steep cliff, have a run along the hard damp sand, kite surf, bodyboard, surf, windsurf, play cricket or rounders with the kids, (in the summer you can always get a good team together), sunbathe, watch other people surfing etc. When the sun is shining there is never a dull moment on Gwithian Beach.

Visited January 2012
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