Discover places to stay in and around Hayle, Cornwall. Hayle is part of the UNESCO Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site. Explore the magnificent St Ives Bay and the Penwith Peninsula on which you'll find Land's End and Sennen Cove Beach.
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Hayle, Cornwall, Visitor & Tourism Guide



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Nearby UNESCO World Heritage Site: Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site

St Ives Bay
Hayle is a town located on the Hayle Estuary behind the huge sand dunes, or towans, that line St Ives Bay. The town is in an extraordinarily beautiful area and has an internationally important history. We've positioned Hayle on Google maps so zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see its location.

'The town that changed the world'
Hayle is a special place. Many visitors pass Hayle on their way to The Land's End Peninsula (The Penwith Peninsula), Mount's Bay, St Michael's Mount, St Ives Bay and St. Ives. However, the more time you spend exploring the landscape in this part of Cornwall, the more it becomes clear why Hayle is marketed as 'the town that changed the world'. If you're interested in history, culture and wildlife then we'd recommend adding Hayle to your list of places to visit in South West England.

Copper out/coal in
When you read information boards, leaflets and books that tell the story of the UNESCO Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site, time and again you come across the expression 'copper out and coal in'. Roughly speaking, copper ore won at the mines in this part of Cornwall was shipped out to smelters in South Wales where there was a plentiful supply of coal to turn ore into metal. Coal was then brought back from South Wales to power the mines and their pumps. 'Copper out and coal in' is in evidence in the number of quays and pools around the town. You can walk around many of these as well as passing under the chunky viaduct that cuts across the western section of the town. You'll also see a spit of land jutting out into the centre of the estuary. There's a wealth of bird life which is why the area is designated the Hayle Estuary RSPB Nature Reserve.

Things to do around Hayle
The South West Coast Path passes through the town. Follow it east or west to discover many amazing attractions surrounding the town. East are the sand dunes that rise above vast low tide sand beaches. The dunes are home to nature reserves and an old dynamite works. There are surf schools and members of the team at PictureTheUK have also ridden horses along the dunes and down onto the sands. West is the beautiful beach at Carbis Bay and then all the visitor goodies in St Ives. Beyond this popular coastal town is The Land's End Peninsula (The Penwith Peninsula). South of Hayle is the National Trust's St Michael's Mount. Inland is another National Trust property at Godolphin.

Famous people and inventions
The world's first car. The world's first railway engine. The world's largest beam engine. Once upon a time, the world's fastest paddle steamer. The list of inventions and achievements associated with Hayle is impressive. Men like Richard Trevithick, I.K. Brunel and John Harvey and companies such as Harvey & Co and the Cornish Copper Co. play prominent roles in the story of the town. From the foundries of these companies were fashioned the beam and railway engines that made mining possible on such a massive and profitable scale.

Nearby destinations
Clearly, head for St. Ives. South of Hayle is the pretty coastal destination Marazion with its views to St Michael's Mount. We'd also recommend heading up the coast to Portreath. Coastal and moorland villages on The Land's End Peninsula (The Penwith Peninsula) are a joy to visit.

By James Penman


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Hayle Harbour and Quays, Cornwall

Located in Hayle, Cornwall, South West England, England

Less than a mile away.

In the nineteenth century, the Port of Hayle was one of the most important mining ports in the world. Vast quantities of copper ore was shipped out to smelters in South Wales. Vast quantities of coal was brought back and...

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Approximately 1.0 miles away.

Rates: 19 - 55 Per Night

At Travelodge, we provide the essentials for a comfortable night's sleep whether you're on the road for business, enjoying a city break with friends or family or you just need a bed for the night....

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Manor House
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Approximately 1.1 miles away.

Rates: 801 - 1,796 Per Week

Beautiful expanses of sands at both Hayle Towans and Carbis Bay are within 3 miles of this charming old manor house full of character and boasting many original features in its spacious interior. Enjoying its own garden...

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Approximately 1.7 miles away.

Total Bedrooms: 4; Maximum Occupants: 8; Rates: 1,079 - 2,619 Per Week

A large detached property overlooking the beautiful Carbis Bay on the outskirts of St Ives. It benefits from two amazing balconies and a patio area all over looking the golden beach and out to sea....

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