Godrevy Beach and Lighthouse

Godrevy lighthouse, St Ives bay, Cornwall.
Godrevy lighthouse, St Ives bay, Cornwall.

Godrevy is a National Trust property with three beaches. Two are sandy and one is sand and stone. As they are National Trust you have to pay to enter with your car unless you are a member.

The place is popular with surfers, kayakers, walkers and beach goers. The Godrevy beach overlooks Godrevy light house which stands on its own island. The beach is lined with rocks with many rock pools to play in.

From here, on clear days you can see all the way to St. Ives (which you can walk to along the coast path), in one direction and Godrevy lighthouse in the other.

Godrevy Lighthouse stands approximately 300 metres off Godrevy Head. Built in 1859 on Godrevy Island in St. Ives Bay, it marks the Stones reef, which has been a hazard to shipping for centuries.

There is a resident colony of grey seals at Godrevy, with about 30 of them staying all year around and another 30 that often visit. It is estimated that about 200 visit during the course of the year and it’s possible to see them most days in Mutton Cove from above the car park at Godrevy Head.

This is another one of our favourite weekend spots. All of us love walking through the sand dunes and popping for a look at the seals. It doesn’t matter what the weather it’s still a lovely walk. And Nik has fun trying to capture the lighthouse from a different perspective each time.