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Over 3 miles of golden sand!

Hayle has more than 3 miles of golden sands with a long beach stretching from the mouth of the river Hayle in the Southwest to Gwithian in the Northeast and reputedly some of the warmest waters in the country. At the northern end of the beach stands Godrevy lighthouse on a small island just off Godrevy point. All along the fabulous beach are excellent views of the bay across to St. Ives. Backed by natural sand dunes (Towans), it is a perfect place to relax and enjoy possibly the best beach in the country.

This long beach has sections each with its own name followed by the word Towans. The word Towan is Cornish for “sand dune”  From Southwest to Northeast are: Hayle Towans, Riviere Towans, Mexico Towans, Upton Towans, Gwithian Towans and so on.

We are extremely fortunate to have lifeguard stations at various points along the beach. RNLI Lifeguards are on duty at Easter and then from mid May to around the 20th of September. For more information about the lifeguard service – RNLI Area support centre Tel: 01736 753567 or email

Hayle Towans  and Riviere Towans are the closest sections of the beach to Toms Holidays and the beach can be accessed from the park via three routes: via the steps by the cove café, the sand ramp at the front of the C section of the park and possibly the easiest is via the concrete slope / ramp with rail in front of the Bluff Inn at the front of the park.

The beach and the dunes are a great  place for you and your dog to enjoy the natural freedom and space of this special area. Please note, Riviere Towans, Mexico Towans, Upton Towans are all dog friendly with dogs allowed on the beach all year round, however from the Hayle River to Black Cliffs there is a daytime dog ban between Easter and 1st October but is completely dog friendly between October and Easter.

Sunset is a great time!!

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