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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West Cornwall > Hayle
Good Beach Guide Recommended 2014 - Upton Towans beach is situated near Hayle in west Cornwall.

West Cornwall > Hayle > St. Ives
Good Beach Guide Recommended 2014: Porthkidney Sands is a north-facing beach at the mouth of the Hayle Estuary that lies just two miles from the picturesque harbour town of St Ives, West Cornwall. Dog friendly all year round.

West Cornwall > Camborne > Hayle
Gwithian offers a broad spacious sandy beach popular for surfing and seldom crowded and great for taking a walk. A seasonal dog ban operates on this beach between Ceres Rock and Red River.

West Cornwall > Hayle
Mexico Towans forms part of a glorious four miles of sand that starts from the mouth of the Hayle estuary and reaches out to the lighthouse at Godrevy Point. 

West Cornwall > Hayle
Good Beach Guide Recommended 2015: Hayle boasts three miles of golden sand and owing to its northern-most position Godrevy, owned by the National Trust.

West Cornwall > Hayle
Peter's Point beach is the far end of the three mile stretch of golden sands at Hayle that allows visitors to get away from the crowds.

West Cornwall > Hayle
Good Beach Guide Recommended 2015 - An impressive stretch of north west-facing golden sand that rarely gets crowded and is ideal for sand yachts and kite buggies.  A seasonal dog ban operates on this beach between Hayle River and Black Cliffs

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