Cornwall Life - - WALK -

Vir­ginia Woolf spent much of her child­hood in St Ives, from where the house her fam­ily rented of­fered a won­der­ful view to Go­drevy light­house, the fo­cal point of this easy and pleas­ant coastal walk. She vis­ited Go­drevy in 1892 and was later in­spired her novel To the Light­house (1927) – though she set the story in the He­brides. Start from one of the two Na­tional Trust car parks (free to mem­bers) signed for Go­drevy, 1km north of Gwith­ian on the B3301. If you use the lower car park, there is a 1km (¾ mile) walk to Go­drevy Point with fine views, whilst the up­per car park brings you much closer to the Point and the 26m (86ft) tall light­house. This marks the Stones Reef, where many ships came to grief be­fore the light­house was built in 1859. Trin­ity House main­tain the light­house as a day­mark for ship­ping, although Go­drevy’s light was dis­con­tin­ued in 2012 and re­placed by an LED light mounted on the rocks nearby.

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