Surrounding a beautiful estuary on the edge of St Ives Bay in West Cornwall, archaeological excavations of Greek and Roman pottery suggest Hayle 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, windsailing and blokarting. Hayle’s wide estuary, managed by the RSPB and the UK’s most south westerly, is an important stopping off point for migratory birds.
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. Open Tuesdays and Thursday 10.00 - 1.00
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.
Try a traditional Cornish pasty from Philps Famous Pasty shop
, the debates rages but some say they are the best in Cornwall.
If surfing is your bag, Gwithian is the place to go. This three mile long beach is a surfer’s paradise and afterwards visit the Sunset Café
for a welcome drink and snack. You can also hire surfboards and wetsuits here and book surf lessons.
Take a walk around Hayle and discover more about the town’s heritage by downloading atown trail
Paradise Park and Jungle Barn
has been entertaining families for decades and is home to over 650 birds including rare parrots, flamingos, toucans and even red-billed Cornish choughs. At the Fun Farm kids can interact with donkeys, goats, rabbits and guinea pigs and the undercover play area at Jungle Barn is ideal for rainy days.
Hayle estuary is a protected reserve managed by the RSPB and attracts birds and twitchers from far and wide. Visit the RSPB
hide at Ryan’s Field just outside Hayle where there is always a chalkboard with reports of all the latest bird sightings or heading east along the Towans to Godrevy Lighthouse, look over the cliffs and see the seals with their young in the bay.