Three Mile Beach in Gwithian Towans is a prime location for experiencing the wild Atlantic Ocean fuelled weather, especially during the autumn and winter months. Gwithian beach, on the easterly tip of St Ives Bay, is a fantastic place to watch and photograph these dramatic scenes unfolding. Godrevy lighthouse, in particular, provides a rather impressive backdrop when the waves crash around the rocks during stormy weather. The area is part of the National Trust with a beautiful walk through dunes, cliff tops, and headland. There is an array of bird and marine life to watch out for too.
Portreath is a small harbour village six miles north along the coast and the storms here can be spectacular. The harbour wall adds to the drama as it’s often covered in waves by the full force of the Atlantic Ocean. There is a safe place to watch on the right-hand side of the harbour called the ‘Monkey Hut’. But be very careful.
Porthleven is the UK’s most ocean battered town. It’s located near Helston on the south coast of Cornwall and a short drive from Three Mile Beach. Plenty of media coverage over the years has led to Porthleven becoming a famous (or infamous) place for storm watching and the waves here can be truly biblical. Due to the nature of the seabed, the backwash created by retreating waves collides with incoming waves creating massive columns of water. These waves break close to the shoreline and often reach in excess of twenty feet. The Institute (the church) on the harbour front has become an iconic landmark during winter storms as it endures the worst of the storm surge.