Hayle or ‘Heyl’ means estuary in Cornish and this estuary is the most southwesterly, and therefore warmest estuary in the country which has led the River Hayle to become a sanctuary to thousands of birds from all over the world. Hayle sits on the Atlantic Coast with 3 miles of golden sands, acres of dunes and many footpaths including the South West Coast Path to explore.
Hayle has also been an important port and from prehistoric days; a trans-shipment
point, giving safe passage across the peninsula thus avoiding the perils of Lands End. During the 18th Century, copper smelting and heavy engineering created a boom town – with the Cornish Copper Company and Harvey’s Foundry employing thousands of men. Here were built Richard Trevithick’s steam locomotives and Harvey’s Cornish Beam Engines which were used all over the world.
Nowadays the mining and engineering industries are long gone but the heritage remains with many of the buildings restored in a vast regeneration project for the town. This unique combination of nature and heritage makes Hayle a wonderful place to explore.
This website offers an insight into how you can discover Hayle; its heritage and wildlife – without damaging the environment. Here you can discover how to visit the town by bus or train, how you can enjoy the town without the car; four trails are suggested which include the King George V Memorial Walk (suitable for wheelchairs), the Towans Trail, the Town Trail and the Millponds Trail. Information is also provided on the the flora and fauna to be found in the area.
This website is designed to give Hayle’s residents and visitors a chance to explore Hayle’s hidden secrets, unravel the history of Hayle via the Hayle Discovery Trails, highlight the stunning St Ives Bay and its Cornish coastline, beauty spots and Cornish wildlife while at the same time teaching you all about the Cornish environment and how to protect it. From sustainable tourism to recycling to saving energy tips – the Discover Hayle Map Website has it all.
The various footpaths and the open spaces of the Towans all provide off road opportunities for walking, cycling and horse riding and if you prefer more leisurely pursuits there are wonderful places all around Hayle where you can sit and enjoy the view. Information is
provided on Paradise Park,the wheelchair-friendly King George V Memorial walk to name but a few of the wonderful places to visit in and around Hayle. Hayle is well served by public transport links by rail and bus and there will be information to help you travel to or from your destination using public transport.
There is also a Twitter feed and a Facebook page for you to keep up to date with the latest news on Hayle and its environment.
The Discover Hayle Map is also a wonderful teaching resource and educational tool and there are worksheets and resources for teachers including KS1 resources and KS2 resources relating to Hayle and the surrounding district. Discover the heritage of Hayle, the history of Hayle’s mining, engineering and ship building industry and use the four trails to explore both the nature and history that is part of this Cornish town.
Wherever you look in Hayle you will discover a wealth of buildings and landmarks that provide an insight into the town’s history as a port,mining and engineering centre. Surrounding this is an incredible landscape – the Hayle estuary so rich in birdlife that it is owned and cared for by the RSPB, the sand dunes where more than a fifth of all the county’s wild flowers can be found and of course the 3 miles of sands and sea – a natural adventure playground.
We would like to thank our sponsors listed below who have helped to turn an idea into reality!
- Hayle Area Partnership
- Hayle Town Council
- West Cornwall Local Action Group Grant
- National Trust
- Cornwall Council Sustainability Department
- Western Greyhound
- St Ives Bay Holiday Park
- Riviere Sands Holiday Park
- Star Inn St Erth
- Coast2Coast Karting
- Truthwall Farm B&B
- Hampsons of Hayle
- Jewson Builders Merchant