Global mining port with natural wonders
- Cost: No entry fees required for attractions
Take the no. 14 from Truro to St Ives and alight at Hayle. Hayle’s proximity to the major copper and tin mines of Redruth and Camborne gave this area an important role.
Cross the railway swing bridge and follow the estuary, through the old harbour and wharfside, and past the dunes to the huge sandy expanse of Gwithian Beach, a perfect spot for a picnic.
After lunch, try walking the King George V Memorial Walk from Phillack, taking in the pretty gardens around Copperhouse Pool, and look out for Black Bridge (built from Scoria Blocks made from the waste slag produced by copper ore smelting at nearby Copperhouse).
Watch the sunset over the old harbour, with the towering dunes and St Ives in the background.
Travelling to Hayle
Hayle is just off the A30, nine miles south-east of St Ives (by car – shorter as the crow flies!).
By bus, First’s no.14 Truro to St Ives route runs via Camborne, Redruth and Hayle. By train, Hayle is on the main London to Penzance line but you will need to changer at St Erth if travelling from St Ives. See www.cornwallpublictransport.info for the latest information.
Hayle has four year-round dog friendly beaches at Riviere, Mexico, Upton and Peter’s Point beaches. There is a dog ban from Easter Day to 1st October on Hayle Towans beach, between the Hayle River and Black Cliffs
You can park for free at Millpond Gardens, or there are Pay & Displays at Foundry Square, Commercial Road and in the Towans (look for signs as some clampers operate here)
In the car park on Commercial Road, about halfway between Copperhouse and Foundry
Eating & drinking
Sample a famous Philps’ pasty, or relax in the stylish and comfortable Salt Bar & Kitchen in Foundry Square. Fresh is a great café, and Mr B’s has around 20 different flavours of scrumptious ice cream. Alternatively, try The Jampot http://www.gwithian.org.uk/Jam%20Pot/ or Sandsifter Bar & Restaurant http://www.sandsiftercornwall.com/ in Gwithian.
Hayle has three miles of sandy beach, and there are plenty of great spots to be found among the dunes and low cliffs.
For a local picnic provider, try http://www.purelycornish.co.uk/