Hayle

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Hayle, 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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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

West Cornwall > Hayle
Beachside Apartment is privately owned and as suggested just 200m from the finest sandy beaches int country, which stretches for 3 miles around St Ives Bay.

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West Cornwall > Hayle
'Beachside' is a family, holiday chalet & touring park. Set amidst sand dunes, right beside the beach in the St Ives Bay.OPEN: MARCH TO OCTOBER

West Cornwall > Hayle
The Stable Barn and the Baler House are perfect for walkers, surfers or families simply wanting to escape city life and unwind. Renovated in a warm and contemporary style, these beautiful barns are located just outside the coastal town of Hayle. Sleeps 2-4.

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West Cornwall > Hayle
The luxury Riviere Sands Holiday Park is situated in Hayle, West Cornwall boasting a fantastic range of family activities, swimming pools and top of the range caravans.

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West Cornwall
Trehaven is just one of three cottages situated in peaceful rural surroundings, at the edge of the small village of St Erth. 

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West Cornwall > Hayle
A 17th Century farmhouse set in pleasant tree lined pasture and gardens. Easy access for exploring both coasts, the Great Gardens of Cornwall, and Cornish Mining heritage. The harbour town of Porthleven, St Ives and St Michaels’ Mount are nearby. There are thr

West Cornwall > Hayle
Anneth Lowen Holidays self-catering lodge situated within quiet area of family friendly Tolroy Manor Holiday Park. With use of indoor swimming pool, tennis courts etc; set in beautiful Cornish countryside close to St Ives.

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