Hayle Walks

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

Hayle is the first town in Cornwall to be awarded Walkers Are Welcome status.

This community led scheme demonstrates the town’s commitment to ensuring that footpaths and facilities for walkers are maintained in good condition, thus benefitting both local people and visitors.

Here you can access a variety of walks that cover not only the town of Hayle and its wonderful industrial heritage but also the coast and hinterland to include the Towans, St Erth, Gwithian and Godrevy Head.

Find the three main town walks on the Discover Hayle map – The Town Trail, the Towans Trail and the Millponds Trail – and read all about each Trail by following the links below:

Footpath sign, Hayle 6 miles
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Footpath sign, Hayle 6 miles

The Discovery Trails provide a wonderful insight into Hayle’s history and its natural environment.

What makes Hayle so special is how the town sits within an area of natural beauty – just a short walk from the main street and you can enjoy the calm expanses of Hayle Estuary and Copperhouse Pool with a plethora of wildlife or the Towans, a Site of Special Scientific Interest rich in flora and fauna.

So any walk in the town will provide not only glimpses of Hayle’s industrial past through its many buildings and landmarks but also a welcome exposure to the beauty that nature can offer.

Each trail listed below is circular except for the King George V Memorial Walk, which forms part of both the Town Trail and the Towans Trail and is suitable for wheelchairs.

If you fancy a quiet stroll or have a wheelchair or pushchair then you can follow the  King George V Memorial Walk section only of the Town or Towans Trail.

King George Walk, Hayle
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The King George Walk, Hayle

Hayle is on the South West Coast Path,which runs from Minehead in Somerset to South Haven Point near Poole in Dorset. At 630 miles long, it is the longest national trail in Britain.

Heading west takes you along the beautiful stretch to St Ives and on to Zennor and Land’s End.

Heading east takes you along the Towans, and the best beach in Cornwall, to Godrevy Lighthouse and on to Newquay. The walks to St. Ives and Godrevy are suitable for the more

casual walker and provide plenty of places for sitting and enjoying the view.

Walkers are Welcome have also produced a range of walks in and around the Hayle area. Click here for more information