Walk - Upton Towans & Gwithian
1.9 miles (3.1 km)
Upton Towans car park - TR27 5BS Upton Towans car park
Easy - Sandy paths through the dunes; a quiet road (but beware of traffic); a footpath through fields.
A short walk through The Towans (the Cornish word for dunes), a landscape shaped by drifting sand. As well as overwhelming ancient cities and the very earliest Christian chapels, the constant movement of the sand has made the area a place of particular importance for geologists studying erosion. It is also a special place for wildlife, and a fifth of all plant species found in Cornwall can be seen here, in addition to the wide range of moths and butterflies they attract.