Yet it’s not all about wildlife. The human history is fascinating and varied and today’s peace and quiet belies its previous life. From the late 1800s and early 1900s, areas were given over to the manufacture of dynamite. This was important during the First World War, with the area being known as ‘Dynamite Towans’.
The remains of blast banks, tracks and other structures can clearly be seen today.
Around Gwithian, tin streaming took place from early times, and larger-scale sand and gravel extraction took place until recent years.
Today, the Towans and their adjacent beaches are extremely popular destinations for visitors throughout the year for a wide range of activities from dog walking to kite surfing.
Many tourism-based businesses have developed here, making the area second only to Newquay in terms of the amount of accommodation available to holidaymakers in Cornwall.