The delightful town sits at the mouth of the Hayle River in West Cornwall, opposite St Ives Bay. Throughout the industrial revolution the town was an important trading port for tin and copper, today the harbour is a World Heritage Site. Well-known for its three miles of perfect golden sands and with a rich history, Hayle is a popular holiday destination for families. With loads to do, and as the first Cornish town to be awarded Walkers Are Welcome status, there is plenty to discover both in Hayle and further afield.
There is a magnificent network of walking routes that weave throughout the village before taking off along the coast. Hayle Town Trail takes in the Copperhouse and the Foundry, the two main commercial centres; here you can cross over on to the King George V Memorial Walk which passes Copperhouse Pool. The pleasant riverside walks, untouched beaches and unique charm combine to make Hayle a wonderful destination for a family holiday in Cornwall. You can also choose from the historic Mineral Tramway route or head off along the South West Coast Path. There is an abundance of wildlife around Hayle. The estuary, cared for by the RSPB, is a haven for birdwatchers; you can expect to spot a huge range of interesting species including avocets and ospreys.
The majestic Viaduct that runs through the town is, without doubt, a prominent feature in Hayle, designed by the infamous Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The viaduct that stands here today however was rebuilt in 1883 in granite. Where the original railway station once lived is now a public garden named after Hayle’s first lifeboat, Iris.
The beautiful three-mile expanse of golden sands is bound to attract the crowds; here you can enjoy the picture-postcard view of Godrevy light house, especially at sunset. This image itself instantly transforms Hayle into the perfect romantic holiday destination. Not only that, but the beaches of Hayle Towans and Godrevy provide the perfect spot for family days out with rock pools and sand dunes aplenty.
Hayle is well suited for family holidays, not just for the beautiful beaches and miles of walking trails but it is also home to Paradise Park. Here you can discover all kinds of animals, and birds, the children can burn some energy in the outdoor and indoor play areas and you can take in the beautiful sub topical gardens. The town itself also offers plenty of cafes, restaurants and pubs serving a range of fantastic tastes to suit everyone. This includes the curiously named ‘The Bucket of Blood’ which sits next to the oldest church in the town, Phillack Church.
The pleasant riverside walks, untouched beaches and unique charm combine to make Hayle a wonderful destination for a family holiday in Cornwall
With its beautiful beaches, historical port and intriguing features why not choose one of our Hayle cottages for your next holiday? You’ll be perfectly based to explore the rest of Cornwall, with St Ives right on your doorstep.