West Cornwall Holidays in Hayle, St Ives
Toms Holidays is situated at Riviere Towans, on the edge of the town of Hayle. Hayle is a very popular centre for self-catering and boasts three magnificent miles of golden sands which stretch around St Ives Bay to Godrevy Lighthouse. The towering undulating sand dunes form an impressive backdrop to your Hayle chalet. This expanse of splendid beach is excellent for swimming, surfing and sun bathing and there are a number of natural ever-changing beach and rock pools to explore. The deeper water provides many excellent opportunities for boating and diving.
Toms Holidays on the Towans provides a perfect location for family holidays and is recognised for having some of the best self catering beach accommodation in the area. For chalets and holiday cottages in Hayle, Cornwall, we always have plenty to offer, with high class accommodation to be found in the most picturesque settings imaginable.
Hayle town (Heyl is Cornish for "Estuary") is still a working port and harbour as well as a busy and developing tourism centre. It has an impressive industrial history being synonymous with mining related industries such as tin and copper smelting. Harvey’s Foundry once employed over a thousand men, and exported beam engines all over the world.
A Hayle holiday is an excellent way to explore and discover the delights of West Cornwall. Within a 20 mile radius of this prime location, you can choose to visit:
Lands End is the most westerly part of the English mainland and can be reached easily from Hayle, either by the direct route of continuing down the A30 or by taking the more interesting B3306, which takes in views of the Atlantic Ocean over the granite cliffs, and passes through the villages of Zennor, Pendeen and St Just. Stop off at Zennor for the museum or visit the church and discover the story of the Mermaid of Zennor. It's a short walk down the footpath to the headland. At Pendeen take a short detour to the lighthouse and try to imagine living by the side of the foghorn! A little further on will bring you to the Geevor Mine Heritage site and the cliff top engine houses of Botallack, now looked after by the National Trust. The next town is St Just, which still retains the feel of its mining heritage. Cape Cornwall is worth a visit, or perhaps a game of Golf! The St Just airfield offers scenic flights or trips to The Isles of Scilly.
We now rejoin the A30 to continue to Lands End from where we can see the Isles of Scilly. Just about a mile out to sea is The Longships Lighthouse, whilst about 8 miles to the Southwest is Wolf Rock lighthouse.
The South coast offers a more mellow environment and Mediterranean climate with sub tropical plants, and several gardens that are worth a visit. Marazion is the stopping off point for St Michael's Mount, administered by the National Trust. There are several ferries that operate to the Mount or at low tide you can walk across the causeway, for spectacular views of Mounts Bay and across to Penzance. Penzance itself is a lively town where you could easily spend a day visiting the many shops, walking the promenade or visiting the various museums and art galleries. A little further along the coast takes us to Newlyn, a busy fishing harbour, and once the home of the Newlyn School of artists. There are many old and interesting pubs and a museum of fishing.
A few miles further on brings us to Mousehole (Mowzel) a classic Cornish fishing village. Find out about Tom Bawcock and "Mouser" or try and find some Starry Gazey pie. If you're nearby at Christmas time, the lights are well worth a visit.
For the more athletic there is a coastal path, for walking holidays or cycling breaks, between Marazion and Mousehole, which is level from Marazion to Newlyn, with a slight climb out of Newlyn towards Mousehole.
Further along the coast we will find the Minack Theatre cut into the cliff above Porthcurno Cove and the Porthcurno Museum of Telegraphy.
St Ives Cornwall is the most visited town in the South West and sits across the bay from Toms Holidays. Consequently parking can be a problem in the height of the summer. However the town is well served by a park and ride system, operating from Lelant Saltings station and taking one of the most picturesque railway journeys in the country right into the centre of town. From the station you can wander the old streets, visit the many restaurants and coffee shops or just laze on one of the beaches. The Tate Gallery St Ives houses many works by prominent St Ives School artists as well as pottery by Leach and Hamada. Entry to Barbara Hepworth's studio and garden is included with entry to the Tate - so if you fancy a painting holiday in Cornwall, this is the place to start!
The only city in Cornwall, Truro is the ideal shopping centre with household names as well as many small specialist boutiques. Elegant and charming, Truro's picture postcard image is further enhanced by its magnificent Cathedral spires reaching up from the heart of the city. These spires have given their name to the annual Three Spires International Arts Festival that takes place in the city around late May. The cobbled streets and alleyways are a stage for colourful and entertaining street performers and the city's parks host a season of free daytime entertainment such as the ever popular 'Jazz in the Park' festival. The city has many cafés, restaurants and bistros to appeal to every taste and visitors can soak up the local history at the Royal Cornwall Museum. For a relaxing afternoon, why not take a stroll along riverside walk and watch the boats cruising the river. Or why not even jump on board and take a picturesque trip down to Falmouth and the coast.
·South to Helston and the Lizard
Travel southeast from Hayle and you come to Helston and the Lizard Peninsula. Helston is that "quaint old Cornish Town", famous for Flora day. It was also the birthplace of Bob Fitzsimmons, world champion boxer and Henry Trengrouse, inventor of the Bosuns Chair. Helston is an ancient Stannary town and worth a visit. As you head out towards the Lizard you will pass The Flambards Experience, the largest theme park in Cornwall, and the Royal Naval Air Station at Culdrose. There are many places to explore on the Lizard from fishing villages like Coverack, Mullion and Porthallow, coves like Gunwalloe and Kynance, and of course the most southerly point of mainland UK, Lizard point. In Lizard village there are examples of the stone workers art using the local green serpentine. This is also a good place to sample a pasty! Helford river is a sailing mecca, and at the top of the creek you will find the village of Gweek and the National Seal Sanctuary.
·Cornish Surfing Holidays
Toms Holidays offers excellent opportunities for your Cornish surfing holiday. The beaches adjacent to our site, offer good north coast surfing conditions but there are many other excellent surfing beaches to explore. Whether a beginner or experienced surfer, you will find suitable beaches close at hand.
To the north, Porthtowan, Perranporth and Newquay (Fistral) beaches are well known popular surfing locations that make the most of the north coast conditions. A very short distance away, is Porthmeor beach, one of the three St Ives beaches, which is popular with surfers, operating lifeguard patrols and with its own surf school. There are several other surf schools here in Hayle, offering tuition, equipment hire and pick up from our site, when conditions are more favourable elsewhere .
Occasionally, conditions will be better on the south coast than on the north. From Hayle, it is a short drive to Praa Sands, which is one of the better beaches for south coast surfing. Toms Holidays is situated within easy travelling distance from a full range of good surfing beaches.