Self Catering in and around Hayle

The Hayle area has every form of self-catering available, from large holiday parks to quirky glamping sites, all of which you can find elsewhere on this website. For chalets overlooking St Ives Bay or harbourside cottages this is the best place to look.


Hayle sits on the edge of a beautiful estuary leading into St Ives Bay. To the north lie three miles of golden sand, whilst the town itself retains much of its heritage as an industrial heartland during Cornwall’s mining boom years.

Hayle Towans and St Ives Bay

To the north of Hayle stretches three miles of golden sands and, with a constant breeze off the Atlantic, the area is well-known for its surfing and wind sailing. The beaches are known as Hayle Towans, Mexico Towans, Upton Towans, Gwithian Towans and Godrevy Beach, a towan being the Cornish name for a sand dune.

If surfing is your bag, Gwithian is the best place to go. This part of the beach is a surfer’s paradise where you can hire wetsuits, surf boards and grab a lesson or two from the local surf school. Hayle Towans is more sheltered from the swell than Gwithian and Godrevy, so perhaps better for beginners?

For a more relaxing day on the beach with family and friends, you should head for Godrevy Beach at the northern end. Overlooked by the island and its iconic lighthouse, this area is perfect for messing around in the rock pools, and if you’re lucky you might spot a seal.

For more details on self-catering in and around Hayle click on the link below.

  • Hayle is famous for being at the forefront of the Cornish mining industry in the 1800s. It was here that most of the machinery built to power and pump out mines all over the world at that time was built.

    These days it's probably better known for being close to some of the finest beaches in Cornwall, and home to Phillps, makers of Cornish pasties.

  • There's a good selection of shops, from galleries and antique shops to large supermarkets such as ASDA and Lidl. On the A30 where you turn off to Hayle is a small out of town shopping area with a M&S and Next amongst other shops.

  • Yes you can, the best way is along the South West Coast Path which leaves Hayle and follows the estuary inland past the RSPB nature reserve. It then heads for Lelant before rounding the mouth of the estuary on the west side and heading through Carbis Bay to St Ives.

    Approximately seven miles of easy walking, should take about three hours to complete.

    You can catch a bus back.

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