Mutton Cove

In Brief

Suitable for: Seal watchers
Location: Near Godrevy and Gwithian Towans Beach, just north of Hayle
Parking: A National Trust car park at Godrevy and another at Godrevy Point
Dog friendly?: Not recommended due to keeping the noise at a minimum

Proper Cornwall recommends a beach you can’t go on? What trickery is this? This isn’t trickery. This is a little-known gem just a couple of miles north of Hayle. Why recommend it to you? Because you may get to see some seals…

Getting to Mutton Cove, just past the head at Godrevy, is easy on foot as you can walk from Gwithian Towans Beach up to the cove, or just a hundred metres or so from the National Trust car park at Godrevy Point. And when you get there, you just may catch a glimpse of the resident grey seal colony that lounges out on the sands. Plan your visit for low tide as this is when the seals take to the beach. There’s a wooden barrier above the cove so you can peer down on to the sands and the seals. But be super-quiet and patient so that the seals aren’t startled.

Timing is everything if you want to see the seals at low tide. They’re actually in this area throughout the year but there are usually more of these majestic creatures in the autumn and hundreds of them have been spotted at the end or start of a year. But again, be quiet and stealthy as you near the cove. There may even be some pups down on the beach.

We wish you all the luck in Cornwall in your efforts to spot some seals. Even if you don’t, the views here are spectacular and there are some great vantage points of Godrevy Lighthouse out there in the sea, as well as St Ives. Catching a sunset here with your partner is also worth the effort. Sealed with a kiss.