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Gwithian Towans

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Gwithian Towans
Cornwall, TR27 5BU, Lat/Long 50.2N 5.4W

A rocky, sandy bay which is popular with surfers. Gwithian Towans offers great eating facilities and a RNLI Lifeguard Service. The rock pools, caves and gullys make it an attractive and relaxing spot for walking.

Water quality

  • Benefits from the Penzance and St Ives Clean Sweep scheme
  • Hayle sewage treatment works offers secondary treatment before discharge through an outfall west of Godrevy Head.
  • There are two storm overflows in the Red River catchment from the beach. Overflows exist to protect homes, gardens, roads and open spaces from sewer flooding normally after storms
  • The Red River got its name because historically the local mines discharged their ore processing wastes into the river which turns the water brown or red. During periods of rainfall the river, and subsequently the sea, can become discoloured. This does not necessarily indicate the presence of sewage. See the Environment Agency's advisory note, right.
  • Bathing water quality in this area can be affected by urban drainage.

Local activities and interests

  • Swimming, surfing, watersports, rockpooling and walks.
  • Parking at the National Trust car park at Godrevy Lighthouse.
  • Toilets, shops, food and litter bins.
  • Under the right conditions this can offer decent surf for bodyboarders or surfers. Certain stretches can be rocky and beach users should be wary of the tide at this location.

RNLI Lifeguard service: For RNLI lifeguard season dates click here.

Good Beach Guide: Gwithian Towans

factors affecting bathing water quality

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