Introduction to Hayle
Hayle is based on a beautiful estuary which surrounds the town and is 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 it’s an ideal place to put on your hiking boots. To the west lies 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 is the UK’s most south westerly point and is managed by the RSPB. It is an important stopping off point for migratory birds..
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. Alternatively heading east along the Towans to Godrevy Lighthouse, look over the cliffs and see the seals with their young in the bay.
In West Cornwall you're not far from a surfing hot spot and one of the most popular surfing locations is Gwithian. This three mile long beach is a surfer’s paradise
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