Beach Profile: Gyllyngvase Beach

December 10, 2014 by becca.lazar 1 Comment

We’re reminiscing about getting our feet wet, here at Cornish Holiday Cottages, and already looking forward to next spring. It seems a long way away at the moment, but trust me, come March time we’ll already be dusting off the flip flops and heading down to the beach on a sunny day. Christmas will soon have come and gone, so that’s what, ninety days – or twelve weeks – until we’ll scrunching our toes up in the sand?

In order to tease you, and ourselves, it’s time to start a series of profiles on our favourite beaches. All of which are in reach of our holiday cottages, of course.

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First up is a family favourite: Gyllyngvase Beach.

Now, Gyllyngvase is a beach that we take for granted. It’s 10 minutes walk from Falmouth town centre; it has a modern café overlooking its sandy shore, which we often frequent for after-work drinks; it’s sat at one end of a beautiful coastal walk that takes in castles, hidden gardens and other treats; we barbeque on it; we meet our friends on it; we take the children to it on spare afternoons. We see it everyday, basically. We’re spoilt.

Gyllyngvase is a crescent of sand framed by a beautiful garden, which is home to some exotic, but thriving plants.

Getting onto the beach is easy. With a nearby car park and good level access, buggies and wheelchairs can get on to the sand without a hitch. There’s even a sand chair for those with mobility issues that will go right to the water.

Low tide reveals rock pools teeming with life and just waiting to be discovered by children. From crabs to shrimp and lesser-spotted sea creatures, there’s a seemingly endless array of pools to explore. Apparently, right at the water’s edge you may even be able to spy the odd lobster.

With a Blue Flag award and a good lifeguard service during the summer, Gylly is a safe place for the children – and yourselves – to have a paddle. There’s also Gylly Adventures situated on the beach, offering kayak and paddle board hire, as well as courses in coasteering, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding.

Talking of paddle boarding, Gylly is also home to WeSUP a dedicated stand up paddle boarding centre. The sport has really taken off here, with the centre offering adventures all around Cornwall, if you can keep from falling off. But it’s not a balance sport, allegedly; it’s a paddle sport. Either way, many a fun afternoon has been spent rolling into the sea on those things.

Lastly, we can’t go without mentioning Gylly Beach Café. Over the last 15 years the café has built itself into an indispensible part of Falmouth’s summer. With its styling décor and sun-blessed terrace, there’s no better place to watch the sun go down while enjoying some fresh, contemporary food. If you’re lucky, you’ll even eat while being serenaded by some cool sounds. Last year, singer-songwriter, Nick Mulvey packed the place out on a warm summer’s evening, so keep your ear to the ground for whichever fledgling act they manage to book next.

 

 

 

 

 

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