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Hayle & the Towans

The unrivalled location for your West Cornwall holiday.

Hayle (Cornish for Estuary) is situated within the beautiful natural setting of the Hayle Estuary and on the fabulous beach and sand dunes of the St. Ives Bay. Some of the warmest waters in the country can be found here at this amazing beach. The golden sand beach stretches some three miles to Godrevy Lighthouse, so that even on the busiest Saturday in August, there is always space to find your own hideaway.

Hayle is extremely well placed to visit all the attractions of West Cornwall and only about six miles around the bay you will find the quaint fishing port of St. Ives with its narrow streets and artists’ studios.  Go south and in about the same distance you will see the magical sight of St. Michael’s Mount. Land’s End and The Eden Project are within easy driving distance.

Don’t forget to check out the Poldark and Rosamunde Pilcher filming locations, many within a short drive.However, with a town full of excellent local shops as well as many high street names,  markets, restaurants, bars and boutiques and one of the best beaches, on your doorstep, why go further.

With an amazing history, world Heritage status and an historic harbour full of fishing and pleasure boats coming and going on the tides, Hayle has so much.

From the mid 18th century Hayle became world recognised for being in the forefront of mining development and engineering expertise. Historically an important trading port for tin and during this time 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.  The Hayle Heritage Centre is situated in a Cornish Mining World Heritage Site in the heart of Hayle. Discover the town’s mighty industrial past, its pre-history and the stories of its people in this free, family-friendly Heritage Centre.

There are large areas designated as sites of Specific Scientific Interest and are a favourite of nature lovers. The wide estuary, managed by the RSPB and the UK’s most south westerly, is an important stopping off point for migratory birds, making Hayle a great place for birdwatchers. Apart from these, Hayle offers great places of interest to seek out on the town trail, walks through areas of times gone by, as well as some of the most beautiful coastal walking in the country. Hayle was the first town in Cornwall to be awarded “Walkers Are Welcome” status. Here footpaths and trails around the town are well maintained and well-marked and with the coastal path on our doorstep, it’s an ideal place to get out and be part of the countryside.

For the more sport inclined, Hayle offers excellent swimming with lifeguarded areas of the beach, surfing, kite surfing,  fishing, riding, skateboarding. However, if all that is just too much, take the opportunity just to sit back, unwind and relax in this amazing part of West Cornwall.

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