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Upton Towans, Cornwall


  • Located in Gwithian, Cornwall, South West England, England
  • When we walked the South West Coast Path around St Ives Bay, Upton Towans seemed to be the largest area of sand dunes behind beach and sea. Running from St Ives Bay Holiday Park up to Gwithian, some of the sand dunes were massive and provided big views of the local area. The coast path also passed numerous derelict buildings. These are what is left of the 'National Explosives Works'. (Source: information board on site). They used to make dynamite here. Interestingly, they also used to make explosives in what once would have been an equally remote site on Dartmoor. Today, the 'National Explosives Works' is Upton Towans Nature Reserve. This transformation from industry to leisure in mirrored a little further up the coast with the old sand quarry by Gwithian being converted into St Gothian Sands Nature Reserve
  • Gwithian Towans are to the north east. Phillack Towans is to the south west
  • A towan is a dune system. Read our St Ives Bay Towans (Gwithian to Hayle) listing for more information
  • By James Penman

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Dynamite Works (Disused), Cornwall

Located in Gwithian, Cornwall, South West England, England

Less than a mile away.

Upton Towans was once the site of the National Explosives Works. As you walk the dune system here, it's hard to believe that this beautiful and popular leisure destination supported a large and important dynamite manufac...

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Upton Towans Nature Reserve, Cornwall

Located in Gwithian, Cornwall, South West England, England

Less than a mile away.

Walk the South West Coast Path around St Ives Bay on a sunny day and you're in one of the most beautiful coastal locations in the UK. Huge sand dunes rise above blond sand beaches that run into blue sea. It's difficult t...

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St Ives Bay Towans (Gwithian to Hayle), Cornwall

Located in Gwithian, Cornwall, South West England, England

Less than a mile away.

Towans are sand dunes. A huge sand dune system runs behind the beaches that line St Ives Bay. The main section of this sand dune system is located between Gwithian and Hayle. 'These dunes, with their long sandy beach, ha...

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Approximately 1.1 miles away.

Rates: 19 - 55 Per Night

At Travelodge, we provide the essentials for a comfortable night's sleep whether you're on the road for business, enjoying a city break with friends or family or you just need a bed for the night....

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Approximately 2.7 miles away.

Total Bedrooms: 4; Maximum Occupants: 8; Rates: 1,079 - 2,619 Per Week

A large detached property overlooking the beautiful Carbis Bay on the outskirts of St Ives. It benefits from two amazing balconies and a patio area all over looking the golden beach and out to sea....

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Approximately 2.9 miles away.

Rates: 801 - 1,796 Per Week

Beautiful expanses of sands at both Hayle Towans and Carbis Bay are within 3 miles of this charming old manor house full of character and boasting many original features in its spacious interior. Enjoying its own garden...

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