A sand dune reserve rising steeply from the beach


2 miles north-east of Hayle
A static map of Upton Towans

Know before you go

97 hectares

Grazing animals


Walking trails

Some paths crossing the reserve may be suitable for wheelchair access. Off these paths, the surface can be potholed and uneven and some grassed slope will be slippery even in the dry. The area is dotted with mine shafts


Public footpaths around the reserve which are mostly accessible for all. Some of the terrain can be difficult, contact the Trust for disabled access information.


Dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to August

About the reserve

Sand dunes rise steeply from the beach at this reserve. The inland dunes have wider vegetation cover. The pyramidal orchid grows here, and glow worms and the silver-studded blue butterfly occurs here. The ruins of the National Explosives Works are highly visible here

Contact us

Cornwall Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01872 273939