Our fragile coast around Godrevy

The National Trust is aware that the access to Godrevy headland and farm is becoming threatened by coastal erosion. The Trust is currently exploring options to provide continued access for the future and at the same time exploring how we can improve facilities for visitors.

A Pre-Application has been submitted to the local planning authority to gain a steer in principle, before we take the next step of beginning to work up the detail and seek internal National Trust approvals. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Matt Lewis, Project Manager at: matthew.lewis@nationaltrust.org.uk.

Godrevy is one of our busiest coastal car parks with over 250,000 cars logged each year. The sheer number of cars coming to Godrevy presents us with great challenges in terms of managing the fragile coastal grassland and archaeological remains, which are easily damaged. Click on the image above to watch the short film to find out more.

Coastal erosion

We now face an additional threat that may jeopardise our ability to provide parking for large numbers of visitors in the future. Access to the main parking area is under threat from coastal erosion which is undermining the single access road to Godrevy headland. Our latest geological surveys estimate that the road may become unsafe within a relatively short timespan - perhaps just five years or so.

Photographic evidence

The photos above and below show a process of constant change at Godrevy brought about by changes in farming and increasing numbers of visitors and cars over the past 50 years. What will images taken five years from now look like?

Erosion on the car park steps at Godrevy
Erosion on the car park steps at Godrevy
Erosion on the car park steps at Godrevy
Erosion on the footpath at Godrevy
Erosion on the footpath at Godrevy
Erosion on the footpath at Godrevy
Godrevy in Cornwall at risk of coastal erosion
Godrevy in Cornwall at risk of coastal erosion
Godrevy in Cornwall at risk of coastal erosion
Low scale car parking in the 1950s-1960s worked alongside cattle grazing at Godrevy
View from Godrevy Farm, black and white photo
Low scale car parking in the 1950s-1960s worked alongside cattle grazing at Godrevy

Let us know your thoughts and ideas for how we can work with nature around Godrevy.godrevy@nationaltrust.org.uk