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Upton Towans

A sand dune reserve rising steeply from the beach

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

Species and habitats

Coastal, Grassland

Nearby nature reserves

Loggan's Moor
1 miles - Cornwall Wildlife Trust
St Erth Pits
3 miles - Cornwall Wildlife Trust
Pendarves Wood
4 miles - Cornwall Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

2 miles north-east of Hayle
Map reference
SW 579 398
Best time to visit
Apr - Aug
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97.00 hectares

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.
Walking information
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
Parking at gate entrance is very limited so visitors are advised to park at the Gwithian Towers car park further north and walk over the dunes
Dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Cornwall Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01872 273939


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