A wide, sandy beach at low tide with rock pools and caves for children to explore, Gwithian Towans is a popular family destination at the mouth of the Hayle estuary near St Ives, Cornwall. Access to the beach is via sand dunes from the car park.
Gwithian Towans is connected to Godrevy Beach at low tide. The Red River, which runs into the Hayle estuary, marks the boundary of Gwithian and Godrevy. Until the late 20th century, the waters of the river were coloured a distinctive red, stained by iron ore from the local tin mines. At high tide most of the sands are hidden, cutting Godrevy off from Gwithian.
The surfing conditions at Gwithian are suitable for all levels, with swells increasing the further north surfers venture. A lifeguard patrols the beach during the summer, when dogs are banned from the beach.