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Hayle Cornwall

Hayle Cornwall

Hayle Cornwall

A popular holiday resort in Cornwall due to its handy location and long sandy Cornish beach, Hayle Cornwall has something for everyone and is well worth a visit.

Situated on the edge of St Ives Bay, Hayle Cornwall is known for its three miles of golden sandy beach bordered by sand dunes. St Ives Bay curves from St Ives Cornwall round to Godrevy Lighthouse and Hayle sits around the mid point on the estuary. The beach is slightly out of the town and is good for swimming (when the lifeguards are on duty), beach activities and of course sunbathing. Surfing in Hayle is also very popular.

Hayle town has a lot of facilities. There are many places to eat from restaurants to cafes and takeaways, individual shops, galleries, banks and a supermarket. Riviere Sands Holiday Park in Cornwall is by one of the beautiful beaches near to Hayle and has a good choice of accommodation, excellent facilities and beautiful views - an ideal spot for your self catering holiday in Cornwall.

Hayle walk CornwallIf you cross the estuary, over the bridge there is an outdoor pool and pretty walk way lit by fairy lights in the evening. Towering above Hayle Cornwall is the large granite railway viaduct.

Each year the Hayle Estuary provides a stop off for many migratory birds and is a favourite spot with bird watchers.

On the outskirts of the town at the A30 roundabout is a shopping complex with Marks and Spencer, Boots and Next, behind which is a large Cornwall car boot (weather permitting) every Sunday at the Rugby Club. Paradise Park Hayle can be a good day out.

Surfing Hayle

Hayle and the nearby beaches of Gwithian and Godrevy offer some of the best places to come surfing in Cornwall and even some of the best surfing in the UK as they offer waves for all skill levels and, critically in the winter months, several options to take flight to when the exposed beaches are taking a battering. View video of Hayle beaches.  

Owing to the generous ‘fetch’ of the Atlantic Ocean nearby Gwithian Beach gets rideable surf year round and when the surf picks up the less exposed Hayle beaches start to get waves of their own. A popular beachbreak being in front of the access points at Beachside (often known as Sandy Acres) or ‘Site’ – in front of St Ives Bay Holiday Park.  Further down the Bay is Hawkes Point and Carbis Bay. These breaks only begin to show when Gwithian is being pummeled by huge swells or howling winds so it’s rare to surf them anytime other than the depths of winter.

And when the north coast isn’t cooperating at all you can head from your base at Hayle over to Praa Sands or the other beaches that are only 25 minutes drive away could be firing.

For surf lessons around Hayle then head to Gwithian Academy of Surfing – click to read more.  They offer lessons for beginners and experienced surfers and all instructors are fully qualified as surf coaches, lifeguards and first aiders and two have even coached the British Junior Surfing Team on a number of occasions.  Or if you don't need a lesson you can hire surf boards and wetsuits from them.

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