There’s no getting around it, the Cornish Coast has some of the best beaches in the world and Hayle is no exception, with three miles of pristine sand on the east side of St. Ives Bay.
The beach is backed by sand dunes and cliffs and is a walker’s paradise. The beach is so large when the tide is out, you can easily escape summer crowds to find a peaceful spot for the day.
From Hayle town centre follow the signs to The Towans. (Towan means sand dune in Cornish). At the end of the road opposite the holiday park is car park and you can access the beach from there via a ramp or at various points along the sand dune footpaths.
Above right: Godrevy lighthouse
The dunes and cliffs support many wild flowers, birds and insects.
Above left: Stonechat Above right: Pyramidal orchid
Above left: Herring gull Above right: Thrift