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Sited on the North Coast of Penwith in the far west of Cornwall, Hayle is a thriving town with lots to interest all ages. Miles of golden sand and dunes stretching as far as the eye can see make this a superb place for a beach holiday. The surf is often good with plenty of opportunities for surf equipment hire and tuition.
Hayle is part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site - a fascinating town for industrial heritage and birthplace of Richard Trevithick’s steam engine. Hayle Heritage Center houses a free exhibition that enables visitors to learn about the history of Hayle.
Bird watchers flock to the Hayle Estuary and ten minutes walk from the station brings you to Paradise Park, home to the World Parrot Trust, with its exotic birds, children’s play
barn, fun farm, otters and penguins and onsite pub that brews its own beer the Bird in Hand.
With nine pubs, ten restaurants, seven cafes and nine takeaways you can be confident of plenty of choice when eating out, and Hayle also has a good selection of specialist food shops and supermarkets should you prefer to cook your own. We of course have our favourites places to eat out - I particularly like Johnny’s cafe (free wi-fi) and we all enjoy a roast dinner at the White Hart Hotel, while the children campaign to have ice cream at Mr B’s Ice Cream Parlour. We've had great fish and chips from both fish and chip shops and the Thai takeaway is recommended. The jury is out as to whether Philps or Hampsons do the best pasties in Cornwall, but both are excellent and both are in Hayle. For smart dining head to Antonio’s, fifty metres away at the bottom of the hill, or if you’re wanting a lively scene with internet access and live music on Fridays through the summer then Salt is the place to be. Do visit The Old Foundry Chapel, a converted chapel close to Harvey and packed with character shops, including a specialist Cornish bookshop, and a super friendly little cafe.
Hayle has retained all those small, individual character full shops that every small town used to have before the chain stores arrived, so at the bottom of the short hill below the carriage there is a spar, chemist, florist, baker, butcher, farm shop, old fashioned toy shop, cycle shop and more. Hayle is a long thin town with the shopping areas divided into three; Foundry by the carriage with all of the above, plus the arrival recently of an Asda on the harbour. Copperhouse, a fifteen minute walk away, also sports a good surf shop as well as more boutique clothes stores and an excellent play park. With such an array of local traders, we have never needed to go beyond Copperhouse, but if you continue to the very East of Hayle beyond Lidl you will come to where the big names have landed with an out of town shopping complex.
Just around the bay and visible from Hayle is the famous artistic centre of St Ives with its famous Tate Modern gallery, and its thriving artistic community. Ten miles out to sea is the Wave Hub, the world's largest underwater electrical socket for testing marine renewable energy generators.
If you have an iphone or ipad, you may like to try the new Hayle App - search on the App store for Hayle Churks. For more images of Hayle take a look at our Fabulous Hayle board on Pinterest.
Some Holiday Ideas Close to Hayle
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- Go to the beach! - Three miles of golden sand flanked by sand dunes and a surf hire shop en route to the beach make it the ideal place to relax for toddlers and teenagers alike. Surf lessons are offered in Hayle in two places; Shore Surf School, and slightly further afield Gwithian Surf Academy. For more details about beaches and surfing, please visit our Beaches and Surfing page.
- Go for a walk - A booklet detailing five walks is provided in the carriage, from strolls around the beautiful Godrevy head to inland ambles. The carriage is only 3 minutes from the South West Coastal Footpath
- St Ives - This lovely town is packed with art galleries. From the station you can see the train running along the branch line - simply change at St Erth for St Ives and sit on the right hand side to get the best views.
- St Michael’s Mount - Catch the train to Penzance then bus to Marazion and walk across the causeway to this beautiful stately home sitting on top of a pinnacle of rock jutting out of Mounts Bay.
Bike hire is available from Hayle Cycles as there are many great and largely off road trails easily accessible from Hayle.
- There is a lovely cycle ride along quiet lanes through St Erth to St Michael’s Mount in Marazion and then get the train back from Penzance.
- The Engine House Trail is a 24 mile trail from the old foundries in Hayle to Truro. With mine engine houses scattered throughout the landscape, the reminders of Cornwall's industrial heritage are everywhere along this trail.
- The First and Last Trail - This 25 mile ride takes in the picturesque villages of Sennen, Lamorna and Mousehole and has fantastic views across Mount's Bay
- For more information on Cornish cycle rides, including the fabulous mineral and clay trails, which are easily accessible by train, visit Cornwall County Cycle Trails
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Events in and around Hayle
June - Golowan Festival of Cornish Culture - including Mazey Day and culminating with Sea and Sail Day.
July - Lafrowda Festival, St Just - showcase for musical, dance and theatre talent in the local community.
August - Hayle Fest - Processions, bands and lots going on in the first weekend of August. Newlyn Fish Festival - Stalls, cookery demonstrations and fishing exhibitions, with Celtic entertainment.
September - St Ives September Fringe Festival - Last year's festival featured nearly 200 events.
The pictures below were taken by Kernow Dream Photography and some of them appeared in Vintage Life magazine in 2016.