British Beaches

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Upton Towans Beach

Hayle, Cornwall

Upton Towans is part of the coastal stretch of sand dunes with a campsite behind, near Hayle. It is an open aspect beach which attracts moderate size surf. Upton Towans was the site of an explosives factory in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and is hence alternatively known as Dynamite Towans. It's now a nature reserve.

Beach Type



Cafe, beach shop, campsite


Surfing, swimming, walking

Water Quality

Not Tested




Dog friendly.


Nearest town: Hayle
County: Cornwall
Latitude/Longitude: 50.2018, -5.4221
Postcode: TR27 5AX
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

Explore more of the area around Hayle, Cornwall at Explore Britain.


Upton Towans is a couple of miles north of Hayle off the A30. Access is very restricted as the campsite do not allow members of the public vehicular access across their land. The beach itself is “dog friendly” and can be

Nearest Railway Stations

Hayle (About a mile away)
Carbis Bay (About a mile and a half away)
Lelant Saltings (Approx. 2 miles away)
Lelant (Approx. 2 miles away)
St Erth (Approx. 2 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


Head for the Bluff Inn where a pay and display car park is available.

Nearby Car Parks

Riviere Towans, Phillack (Unknown stay).
About 0.5 miles away
Commercial Road, Hayle (Long stay).
About 0.8 miles away
Hayle Station, Hayle (Unknown stay).
About 1.1 miles away
Foundry Square, Hayle (Long stay).
About 1.3 miles away
Millponds Gardens, Hayle (Unknown stay).
About 1.3 miles away
Lelant Station, St Ives (Unknown stay).
About 1.4 miles away
Gwithian Towans, Hayle (Long stay).
About 1.8 miles away
Lelant Saltings Station, Lelant (Unknown stay).
About 1.8 miles away
Carbis Bay Station, St. Ives (Unknown stay).
About 1.9 miles away
Porthrepta, Carbis Bay (Long stay).
About 1.9 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Hayle