Gwithian Towans

GWITHIAN TOWANS

Gwithian Towans is magnificent beach backed by sand dunes tufted with wild grass, at low tide there is a vast amount of sand to enjoy and large areas of rock pools and caves are uncovered which are great to explore.The beach is popular with surfers as the constant swell provides good all year round conditions.

Nearby is Godrevey Island and it's lighthouse which inspired Virginia Woolf's novel, 'To the Lighthouse'. Seals are a common sight on the beach and breeding colonies of guillemot, razorbill, fulmar and cormorant can be seen on the cliffs.

HISTORY

Gwithian Towans cover the site of a Bronze Age farm. The church and relics of St Gwithian or Gocianus, built in 490, were uncovered from the beach and dunes during the early part of the 19th century, but were then allowed to be reclaimed by the shifting sands. Gwithian is the patron saint of good fortune on the sea

Until relatively recently the sand from the dunes here was liable to be blown in land in large quantities. It is recorded that in 1651 the farm of Upton Barton became so inundated with sand during one night that its occupants could only get out through the windows.

 

 

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