Hayle is a small town and cargo port in the west of Cornwall. It is at the mouth of the hayle river and is approx. 7 miles north east of Penzance

The modern town of hayle was built during the 18 th century.

Although the romans never conquered Cornwall there is said to be a roman fort there

Hayle estuary is one of the natural harbours on the coast of Cornwall. The estuary has a main channel and serval nearby tidal areas. a hill fort over look’s the estuary at CARNSEW

The Cornish copper company moved to hayle in 1157.

The hayle railway was built in the 1830 s for the movement of minerals from the mines in Cambourne and Redruth

Hayle was initially a coal importing and ore exporting port.

The first major development in hayle was the building of a Quay in the 1740s

The RNLI stationed a lifeboat station in hayle in 1866, but the boathouse was closed in 1920s

There was an explosive factory in 1888 but ceased operations in 1920.

Hayle`s position by the sea makes it an ideal location for a Cornwall summer holiday with sandy beaches and lots of accommodation.

Hayle is situated opposite St Ives bay and it is a bird watching

Hayle places to visit

  • Hayle heritage centre
  • Hayle estuary reserve
  • Paradise Park and Jungle Barn

Hayle was awarded world heritage site status in 2006

The town has a RSPB area rich in wild life

The main beach is called Hayle towan beach – towan is Cornish word for dunes

Hayle is famous for its stretch of soft golden sand and is ideal for sailing and swimming

It is named after the Cornish word – HEYl meaning estuary

Hayle is one of the few sheltered estuaries in Cornwall.

Hayle was the first town in Cornwall to be awarded “walkers are welcome “status, it is a lovely place for lovely country walks and trails.