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a National Trust Attraction in the town of Gwithian, in the county of Cornwall

About Godrevy

This hauntingly beautiful spot was initially made famous by centuries of shipwreck caused by perilous rocks scattered around its coast. It is also famous for the lighthouse built in 1859 which was the inspiration behind Virginia Wolf's charming novel "To the Lighthouse", these days it is known for its surf which as long as you keep away from the rocks gives keen surfers a fine days sport.

It is also a beautiful place for strolling, you can wander its low grassy cliffs for endless hours drinking in the crystal clear air, admiring the countless wild plants and flowers, and marvelling at the numerous seabirds, and the quiet presence of seals who breed in caves reached only by the sea.

There are no facilities here, just car parks, public conveniences and a cafe close to the entrance of the lane leading to the beach. Here, in this wilderness of vast skies, cliffs washed into amazing shapes through a relentless battering from deep tempestuous seas, it is easy to see why artists and nature lovers are drawn to Godrevy's shores. For this a place of grandeur on stormy days, yet is idyllic when the sun shines and the skies turn to blue.

Godrevy is managed by the National Trust who maintain it as a place of beauty for the benefit of all visitors.

Godrevy Lighthouse
Standing imperiously in its island position the splendid white building of Godrevy Lighthouse presents a startling picture against a racing turbulent sea and savage rocks set beneath a thunderous sky. The scene is no less dramatic when the sky turns to blue, for all who look at Godrevy are reminded of the numerous lives claimed by the island and its neighbouring rocks before Godrevy was built in 1859. Victims include a ship that went down in 1649, this was laden with King Charles I's wardrobe and many of his personal possessions.

Interestingly, it is thought that Godrevy Lighthouse was the backdrop to Virginia Wolf's novel "To the Lighthouse" it seems the author knew this part of the Cornish coast well.

The wild rugged coastline is home to a vast number of birds and seals can be spotted at most times of the year. It is a fascinating spot were visitors are able to enjoy peaceful coastal paths and stunning sea views.

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