Sport and Leisure in Hayle

There is so much to see and do in the Hayle Area, here are just a few ideas… and not a car in sight!

Bird Watching

RSPB Hayle Estuary reserve

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Ryan’s Field Hide is a perfect bird watching spot close to Hayle

Hayle Estuary is a famous birdwatching site – with large numbers of waders and seabirds being recorded annually.The whole of Hayle Estuary is owned and managed by the RSPB, Britain’s principal bird charity.

In cold winters, as many as 18,000 birds have been seen here, because this most south westerly estuary in the UK never freezes. During spring and autumn, it is an ideal place to see migrant wading birds, gulls and terns. In summer, if you are lucky, you may catch sight of an Osprey. The reserve is good for walking, with pushchair-friendly paths.

Sandpiper, Hayle
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Sandpiper, Hayle photo by David Flumm RSPB

The Eric Grace Memorial Hide overlooks the saltmarsh and lagoon at Ryan’s Field. There is a circular walk around Ryan’s Field and a public footpath around Carnsew Pool. Copperhouse Creek can be accessed from the public highway and has a footpath at the eastern end and good views from the north shore at the King George V Memorial Walk.

It is recommended not to walk out onto the estuary itself as this will frighten away the birds.

Beach Activities

Surfing at Hayle Sands
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Surfing at Hayle Sands

Hayle has over 3 miles of long sandy beaches which stretch from the mouth of the River Hayle to Gwithian and Godrevy Head with the glorious view of Godrevy Lighthouse at one end and the panoramic vista of St Ives at the other. On the other side of the estuary are Porth Kidney Sands also with fine golden sand.

Hayle sands are backed by sand dunes – a wonderful natural environment rich in local flora and fauna and a great place to explore and relax. Each area of beach has its own name and lifeguard service between May and September. Most of the beach is dog friendly all year round except between Hayle River to the Black Cliffs where there is a dog ban between Easter and 1st October.

Home to the Gwithian Academy of Surfing; Gwithian beach is an ideal place to learn to surf, the academy gives the following reasons why:

  • Due to the gently sloping nature of the beach the surf forms and breaks very slowly giving aspiring surfers more time to get to their feet.
  • Owing to the generous ‘fetch’ of the Atlantic Ocean Gwithian Beach gets rideable surf year round.
  • Thanks to the Gulf Stream and the natural heat retaining properties of St Ives Bay the sea water is comparatively warm.
  •  Gwithian Beach is highly recommended by the ‘Marine Conservation Society’s’ Good Beach Guide 2008
  • Gwithian is a beautiful place!

 

Windsurfing at Gwithian Photo courtesy of Jacquie Wilkes Photography
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Windsurfing at Gwithian Photo courtesy of Jacquie Wilkes Photography

Here is a selection of the many fun activities that can be enjoyed at Hayle Sands

Swimming – Kite Surfing – Body Boarding – Paddle canoe – Kayaking – Beach Combing – Horse Riding – Picnics – Dune jumping – Coasteering – Dog Walking – Walking – Rock pooling – Sea Fishing – Sand yachts – kite buggies

RNLI Area support centre Tel: 01736 753567 or email lifeguards@rnli.org.uk 

 Visit the Library

Hayle Library and Tourist Information Centre
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Hayle Library and Tourist Information Centre

Hayle Library offers a good selection of books, DVD’s and games. They also have 5 computer terminals with internet access. Here you can also find the local Tourist Information Centre which is manned by friendly staff 4.5 days a week where you can pick up a free copy of the Discover Hayle Map.

Between the library and Copperhouse Pool is a pretty wildlife garden and walkway; opened in 2008 to help increase and attract wildlife, especially butterfly and insect species. The garden was created with help from the Hayle Youth Project, the Probation Service as well as pupils from local schools in the landscaping and planting of this special place and dedicated to former Hayle Mayor the late Marjorie Roberts.

Built just behind the library and overlooking Copperhouse Pool, this is a wonderful spot to  enjoy a restful few moments or longer to savour the many plants including Foxgloves,Lemon Balm, Golden Rod, Yarrow, thistles and Chamomile to name just a few of the many wild flowers that can be found here.

Allotments and Gardening

Allotments at Hayle
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Allotments at Hayle

There are existing allotments on the outskirts of Hayle and after a six year wait, new land has been recently acquired at Lethlean Lane for the provision of 40 new allotment spaces. Growing your own produce is not only extremely rewarding but also very sustainable – especially if you compost all your organic household waste!

And if your garden isn’t giving you enough to do Hayle in Bloom has organised an ‘Adopt a Plot’ scheme whereby you can look after and tend your own patch of Hayle! Visit their website for more information about how you can become involved in maintaining and improving the Hayle in Bloom  status.  www.hayleinbloom.org.uk

 Cycling

Cycle shop in Hayle
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Cycle shop in Hayle

Hayle and St Erth are lucky to be on the Cornish Way, a sign posted cycle trail that follows minor roads and tracks of over 200 miles of Cornish scenery. Part of this route running through Hayle;The Engine House Trail is described as follows by explorecornwall.com’

From the remains of the old foundries in Hayle to the engine houses scattered throughout the landscape, the reminders of Cornwall’s industrial heritage are everywhere along this route. Leaving the golden sands of Hayle behind, the trail follows quiet minor roads to Camborne before utilising a largely traffic free route to Redruth. This whole area was once one of the world’s most intensively mined regions. Hundreds of now silent engine houses, linked by disused paths and railways still haunt the landscape. Leaving Redruth, the trail passes the small mining village of St.Day before following one of the old tramways as it makes its way to the bustling city of Truro.’

No bicycle? No problem – Hayle Cycles provides cycle hire from £10 per day. Find them in the centre of Hayle at 36 Penpol Terrace (Tel 01736 753825).

Golfing

The Golf Course beside the Hayle Estuary
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The Golf Course beside the Hayle Estuary

Hayle has the benefit of providing golfing opportunities for every age and ability. There are three places to choose from with courses ranging from Pitch and putt to 18 hole links. A wonderful golf course with amazing views across the Hayle Estuary can be found at Lelant – West Cornwall Golf Course is an 18 hole range built into the rolling sand dunes that look across to Hayle. For more information visit their website www.westcornwallgolfclub.co.uk

Greenacres Short Golf and Penwith Pitch and Putt can be found at St Erth. Visit their website here www.greenacresgolf.co.uk

Hayle Golf Range is a 12 hole golf course in 28 acres of rolling countryside. Visit their website here  www.haylegolf.co.uk

Canoeing
Hayle Canoe Club is ideally situated within the Hayle Estuary where Kayaks and canoes can be used on quiet waters for beginners with the option for white water action for the more experienced at the legendary tidal sluice by the south quay of Hayle Harbour  or the open surf on Hayle and Gwithian sands. Courses can also be taken – Paddlesport Performance Awards  and the club will lend you all the equipment you need if you are new to the sport. For more info go to their website www.haylecanoeclub.co.uk

 Swimming

Hayle outdoor Swimming Pool
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Hayle outdoor Swimming Pool

The 3 miles of golden sands of Hayle and Gwithian Sands with the Atlantic surf provide plenty of opportunities for swimming and some rock pools are deep enough for quiet water swimming. The beach has Lifeguards and it is recommended to swim within the flagged areas. Do not swim in or near the estuary because of dangerous currents that exist here.

Or you can use the open air swimming pool at the beginning of the King George V Memorial Walk,which is open from May to September. In 2010 the Hayle Aquathon took place here, an event aimed at raising money to eventually provide cover and heating for the pool.

Bowling

Hayle Bowling Green sports an all-weather outdoor surface and indoor lanes enabling you to enjoy the sport all the year round. Centrally situated at Ellis Park off St Georges Road just behind Foundry Square, the Club is easy to access without the car.

 Skating

Hayle Skate park
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Hayle Skate park

A state of the art skate park was built at Lethlean Lane Recreation Ground in 2006. The skate park has a large double bowl that is considered to be one of the best in the country. A snack bar is also open beside the park and is open all the year round.

Tennis

Tennis courts can be found at Lethlean Lane Recreation Ground