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Upton Towans Nature Reserve, Cornwall


  • Located in Gwithian, Cornwall, South West England, England
  • 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 to imagine the intense industrial activity in this area during previous centuries. To the south west, the Port of Hayle was once one of the most important mining ports in the worlds. To the north east, what is now St Gothian Sands Nature Reserve was until recently quarried for sand. Perhaps most remarkable is the Upton Towans area itself. Once home to the National Explosives Works (Disused Dynamite Works), explosives were manufactured here for use in the mining industry and First World War
  • This rich industrial heritage has been superseded by the growth of the leisure industry around St Ives Bay. As part of this change, Upton Towans was designated a nature reserve. 'This reserve near Hayle has internationally important dune grasslands which support a range of species including glow worm, pyrimidal orchid and sky lark. The sand dunes rise steeply from the beach and provide a wonderful vantage point to admire the stunning views across St Ives Bay.' (Source: the Cornwall Wildlife Trust website to which we provide a link)
  • Other nature reserves around St Ives Bay include Hayle Estuary RSPB Nature Reserve and St Gothian Sands Nature Reserve
  • By James Penman

External Links
www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk
Upton Towans Nature Reserve, Cornwall


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Upton Towans, Cornwall

Located in Gwithian, Cornwall, South West England, England

Less than a mile away.

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 wer...

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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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Gwithian Towans, Cornwall

Located in Gwithian, Cornwall, South West England, England

Less than a mile away.

Gwithian Towans is a relatively small sand dune system north of Upton Towans and south of St Gothian Sands Nature Reserve. There's a big car park with a cafe directly behind. The coastal village Gwithian is just inland....

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Approximately 1.2 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 2.9 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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Manor House
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Approximately 3.0 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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