Hayle

Hayle Estuary and Towans, Cornwall c Mandy Richardson
Godrevy, Hayle, Cornwall c Matt Jessop
Gwithian, Hayle, Cornwall c Adam Gibbard
Hayle, Cornwall
Hayle Viaduct, Cornwall

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Hayle surrounds a beautiful estuary on the edge of St Ives Bay in West Cornwall. Archaeological excavations of Greek and Roman pottery suggest it was an important trading port for tin thousands of years ago and during the industrial revolution copper smelting flourished in the town, the importance of which saw the town’s harbour and townscape being granted World Heritage Site status in 2006. 

Hayle was the first town in Cornwall to be awarded "Walkers Are Welcome" status which means the footpaths and trails around the town are well maintained and well-marked and with plenty of rugged countryside around, it’s an ideal place to pull on your hiking boots.

To the west lie 3 miles of golden sands and, with a constant breeze off the Atlantic, the area is well-known for its surfing and wind sailing. Hayle’s wide estuary, managed by the RSPB and the UK’s most south westerly, is an important stopping off point for migratory birds.

Reasons to visit Hayle

Things to do in Hayle

  • Visit Hayle’s Oral History Centre, situated in the Old Brewery Offices, where you can become absorbed in tales told by true Hayle residents about life long ago in the town. Take a look at the photographic display and anecdotes written by local people. 
  • The Hayle Estuary Reserve incorporates Copperhouse Pool, built in 1788 which is bordered by the subtropical King George V Memorial Walk. Take a stroll here and see the astonishing display of flowers and plants.
  • If surfing is your bag, Gwithian is the place to go. This three mile long beach is a surfer’s paradise where you can hire wetsuits, surf boards and grab a lesson or two from the local surf school 
  • For a relaxing day on the beach with family and friends, you could also try Hayle Towans Beach and Godrevy Beach, perfect for messing around in the rock pools
  • Take the Hayle town trail and discover more about the town’s heritage with an intriguing and enjoyable walk, make sure you pick up a traditional Cornish pasty along the way

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★★★★★ AA
West Cornwall
Stunning location set in sand dunes overlooking St Ives Bay with private access to beautiful 3 mile sandy beach. Caravans, chalets, houses, static tents and camping pitches, all set in the dunes, many with sea views.

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West Cornwall > Hayle
4 star luxury self catering modern beach bungalow accommodation overlooking stunning St Ives Bay. Fantastic sea views. Short walk to Hayle beach with 3 miles of golden sands. Sleeps 5.

★★★☆☆ AA
West Cornwall
Tregenna Castle Hotel in St Ives, west Cornwall is a luxury castle hotel with 83 rooms and self-catering properties set in a fabulous 72 acre estate with stunning panoramic views of St Ives and the glorious St Ives Bay coastline. 

West Cornwall
A range of self-catering apartments and bungalows available all year. Nestled in the sand dunes of St Ives Bay, West Cornwall, an ideal location, whatever your personal holiday passion. 

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West Cornwall > Hayle
Treglisson is a rural touring park surrounded by trees but close to St Ives Bay. We are a family site ideally placed for touring Cornwall's coast and countryside.

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West Cornwall
Family owned, luxury self-catering accommodation overlooking the stunning Carbis Bay near St Ives. Hawke's Point consists of 15 beautifully appointed apartments, furnished with everything you could want on a bucket and spade holiday!

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West Cornwall > Hayle
A 17th century farmhouse bed and breakfast near Hayle, west Cornwall with 3 light and airy rooms offering views over the shrub filled farm courtyard or gardens. The harbour towns of Porthleven, St Ives and St Michaels’ Mount

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West Cornwall > Hayle
Lovely self catering chalet near Hayle, West Cornwall, with lots of extras, just a 10 minute walk through the dunes onto the beach at Gwithian, a beautiful stretch of sand that runs for several miles from river mouth to Godrevy, sleeps 6

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