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Glorious ocean views - Godrevy to Hell’s Mouth


Exhilarating cliff-top pathways and glorious ocean views. This route takes you around Godrevy headland to the dramatic Hell's Mouth and back again, taking in the wonderful heathland of the Knavocks.

Head out through the dunes and breathe in the ocean views

Learn fascinating local history of shipwrecks and pirates, see if you can spot dolphins, seals and basking sharks in the Cornish waters, and enjoy the wildlife on the colourful heathland.

Godrevy, Cornwall
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Godrevy National Trust car park, grid ref: SW583423


From the car park by Godrevy café and the wooden car park hut make your way along the boardwalk through the Towans (Cornish for sand dunes). Catch your first glimpses of St Ives Bay as you head out of the dunes and walk towards the lifeguard hut. Bear right and follow the path along the grassy cliff-top.

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Continue along the grassy cliff-top, St Ives Bay opens up on your left and the vast horizon spreads out before you. Walk past steps down to the beach and a small parking area on your right.

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The path joins the road briefly and then carries straight on where the road bends to the right. Follow the coast path along the cliff top with the sands of Godrevy Cove below you. Turn right by the path to the beach and head through the meadow field. Climb over the stone stile and carry on up the stony slope towards the headland.

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Allow the lighthouse to guide you up on to Godrevy Head. There are two benches on the left below the coast path where you can sit and enjoy the view. The path bends right following round the headland as you leave St Ives Bay and look east along the north Cornwall coastline.


Follow the established coast path, with the sea on your left and farmland on your right.

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Go through the gate onto the Knavocks and follow an often muddy track through the heathland. Continue round the headland on this path and you will reach a wooden stile, closely followed by a stone stile. This next field is often grazed by cattle. Walk through the field, over the stone stile by the farm gate and on to the wide, stony track.

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Towards the end of this track turn left through the granite gateposts and follow the path as it winds close to the cliff edge. Continue on the path as it heads along the cliff-top and gradually drops down towards Hell's Mouth.


Continue down the slope to the dramatic rocky inlet at Hell's Mouth. This is a great place to watch seabirds swooping and soaring around the cliffs and offshore rocks. After taking in the view (and maybe some refreshments at Hell's Mouth café across the road), it's time to turn round and head back the way you came, this time keeping the sea on your right as you walk back up the slope.


Follow the path back along the cliff-top and then round the short dog-leg just before joining the wide stony track. Continue along the track with the cliffs on your right and the farm fields on your left.

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As you reach the end of the track, carry straight on over the stone stile next to the farm gate and into the field. Go through the field and over the two stiles back on to the Knavocks. Several paths run through the Knavocks so you could venture 'off road' if you want to explore. Otherwise, stay on the coast path until you're about to start rounding the curve of the headland, here you can turn left up the path towards the trig point.


At the trig point you can just see over into Mount's bay on the south coast, with glimpses of the top of St Michael's Mount. Continue on past the trig point and rejoin the main path. Go through the gate and carry on along the path towards Godrevy headland.

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Just where the path leaves the farm fields you have the option of turning left and taking a shortcut or carrying on around the headland. For the shortcut, turn left, head down the slope, into the open grassy field and on to the tarmac road. When you join the road turn right and the tarmac soon becomes a stony path down the side of the meadow field. Rejoin the coast path by the grassy mound and follow it round to the left, past the path to the beach and back along the low cliff-top towards the lifeguard hut. Just past the lifeguard hut, turn left and follow the wooden boardwalk path through the dunes and back to the car park and refreshments at Godrevy Café.


Godrevy National Trust car park, grid ref: SW583423

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Glorious ocean views - Godrevy to Hell’s Mouth


Some narrow paths, rocky underfoot, and steep climbs. May be muddy.

Be aware of cliff edges and the risk of unstable cliffs and rock falls.

Dogs welcome under close control.


Glorious ocean views - Godrevy to Hell’s Mouth

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Glorious ocean views - Godrevy to Hell’s Mouth

How to get here

Godrevy, Gwithian, near Hayle, TR27 5ED
By train

Hayle station 5 miles (8km).

By road

Godrevy is just north of Gwithian village and is signposted with a brown tourist sign from the B3301 coast road between Hayle and Portreath.

By bus

Service 547, connecting Newquay, Perranporth, St Agnes, Portreath, Hayle and St Ives, passes Godrevy and the North Cliffs. See Traveline South West for more details.

By bicycle

National Cycle Network Route 3 runs through nearby Hayle and Camborne.

Glorious ocean views - Godrevy to Hell’s Mouth

Facilities and access

  • Dogs welcome under close control
  • Godrevy toilets open 9am to dusk Easter to November