Things to see and do at Godrevy

A bird soars over the cliffs at Godrevy, Cornwall

The high, cliff-top walks around Godrevy offer stunning views out to sea while there are countless hours of fun to be had on the sandy beaches below. Find out all about the things to see and do here, and some useful information to know before your visit.


Walk the miles of golden sand of St Ives Bay, heading up onto the South West Coast Path along the cliffs for stunning scenery and relatively flat and level walking. Try out our downloadable walk Godrevy to Hell's Mouth for a good stomp, or for a more gentle stroll, amble over the North Cliffs. Please keep dogs under close control around livestock and cliff edges.
Godrevy beach

Godrevy to Hell’s Mouth coastal walk

See glorious ocean views, spot wildlife and learn fascinating local history on this route around Godrevy headland to the dramatic Hell's Mouth and back again.



In the summer months, if the weather's not good enough for the beach or you want another reason to explore, then download the Geocache app and go treasure hunting.


Surfing is about the interaction between you and your board, you and the ocean, and you and your friends at the beach.
Swell - NW to SW swells
Wind - offshore in SE winds
Tide - all tides
Always check the current surf conditions.


At low tide Godrevy becomes the northern end of three miles of golden sand including Hayle and Gwithian. It's a dramatic place to be.
  • Check the tide so you don't get cut off - buy a tide timetable or check online
  • Watch the weather so you know what to wear
  • Bring sun protection and hats or waterproofs and a change of clothes
  • Find out what beach flags mean
  • Please pick up your litter to keep the place tidy - why not join the '2 minute beach clean' revolution?
  • There's a seasonal dog ban on the beach
  • There are seasonal lifeguards, please obey the flags and signs


With resident and breeding birds, there is always something to see at Godrevy or neighbouring St Gothians Nature Reserve.


You may be lucky enough to see some seals on your visit to Godrevy in the sea, or hauled up on beaches. If you do spot them, please take care not to worry or disturb the seals by keeping voices low and dogs under close control.

How to watch seals responsibly without disturbing them (PDF / 1.3388671875MB) download
Godrevy cafe
Godrevy cafe menu
Godrevy cafe

Godrevy beach café 

Godrevy Beach Café offers a warm welcome to everyone, from dog walkers, to nature watchers, surfers and beach hoppers. There's a tempting menu of hot and cold food and drink throughout the year, with an ice cream hut in the summer months too.

Enjoy and explore

There's so much to see and do around Godrevy, for all ages and at all times of the year. Walk up and around the headland and spot the wildlife, or go swimming, paddling, surfing or rock-pooling.
Find Sallie's ice cream van in the summer months, treat yourself in Godrevy Café or bring your own picnic, find a nice spot and enjoy the views.

Our fragile coast

These days we're all much more aware of how the weather and climate can have a big impact on the places we love. Godrevy has had its fair share of storm damage recently and our ranger and car park team work hard to keep the beach and footpaths open to all. 

What do you do at Godrevy?

  • 2 minute beach clean
  • Walk along the dramatic North Cliffs
  • Watch the wildlife - shhh, don't disturb them though
  • Walk around the headland 
  • Explore the rockpools
  • Gaze over to the lighthouse, inspiration for Virginia Woolf
  • Make a self portrait in the sand
  • Catch a wave