Godrevy lighthouse was my muse for all of 2017. But even though the lighthouse and the landscape has featured heavily on this blog, I have not actually written about the beach itself.
The beach stretches from the north side of where the Red River runs into the sea at Gwithian. It is broken into several coves formed by outstretched rocks and only accessible a lot of the time at low tide. The cliffs are very unstable here and several routes onto the beach have been destroyed, but at the very far end close to the field car-parks (open summer only) are steps onto a sheltered cove and rock pools. And although this photo below makes it look as if you can walk to the lighthouse, it is deceptive. Behind those rocks is the sea.
And at high tide in summer it can be very, very crowded. So much so that my attempt only 6 weeks ago led me to abandoning the idea.
At low tide though it is a very different scene and you can walk the entire length to Gwithian and even further to Hayle Towans, 3 miles in the distance. In September it is fairly quiet even on a relatively warm day. The hundred or so metres of sand all but disappear at high tide so don’t get caught out.
There are rock pools, but not much in them other than seaweed and the occasional small fish, but the colours and shapes are absorbing.
A sea monster on the beach reminds me of the seals that often come here and also around the headland at Mutton Cove.
So I leave the beach behind and make my way up to the viewing point where I am not disappointed. Several Grey Seals are basking on the beach and there are more in the water or on the rocks. They are not easy to see with the naked eye and if you want to get a good view I suggest you bring binoculars and/or a good zoom lens.
And the final icing on the cake moment was my decision to walk around Godrevy Point back to the car instead of heading straight back down the hill. For there, strutting about on the grass, was a pair of Cornish Choughs – the ones with the red bills and red legs. Quite rare, even here in Cornwall, so I was mildly ecstatic not only to see a pair, but also to get photos of them feeding.
Godrevy beach is one of the more exposed beaches of the North coast. A good place to storm watch in winter. Godrevy is National Trust Property as is the ample car parking. There is a seasonal dog ban. Easter day to 1st October.