Hayle Towans Beach
Hayle Towans, also known as Riviere Towans (towans being the Cornish word for dunes), can be driven to along Hayle harbour’s North Quay or through the village of Phillack. Behind the beach the towans are covered in chalets, arranged unevenly over the years before planning permission was needed.
Dogs are welcome on this beach except during July and August (10am - 6pm) when a seasonal dog ban is in place between Hayle River and Black Cliffs. (2022)
Lifeguard cover is provided from the 9th April until the 25th of September. (2022) Part of the Towans are adjacent to the Hayle Estuary where you should AVOID swimming due to dangerous currents.
Public toilets can be found by the Hayle Surf Life Saving Club
The most commonly surfed spot on this stretch of beach is 'The Site' named after the caravan site in the dunes behind. Being more sheltered from the swell than Gwithian and Godrevy, plus facing a little more north, makes 'The Site' a good choice when there's a big north coast swell, and the wind is due south. On a good day you'll get really long walling lefts and rights but you'll be doing a good deal of paddling too. Tends to be better towards high tide.
Surf Report from Magic Seaweed
Did you know?
In the nearby village of Phillack is a pub called The Bucket of Blood. The unusual name is said to date from many, many years ago when the landlord went out one morning to fetch water from the well. When he wound the bucket up it was full of blood. It was later discovered that a local smuggler who had been missing for several weeks had been thrown down the well.