Famous for its three miles of golden sand, Hayle is a hugely popular Cornish destination, especially suited to those wishing for a relaxed, scenic coastal getaway on the West Coast of Cornwall.
This area of Cornwall is exemplary in its efforts to preserve the natural beauty of coastal areas and is appreciated by anyone lucky enough to find themselves in a self catering Hayle cottage. Hayle is built around a history of mining and industry. Many ancient structures still remain which are reminiscent of the community's industrial past with a handful receiving worldwide recognition.
This community wide natural preservation effort is best witnessed in Hayle’s wildlife habitats. Activities like bird watching are hugely popular from Hayle accommodation, and is especially popular with water fowl enthusiasts. Surfers and beach lovers find equally entertaining use of the areas coastal waters. Hayle’s beaches of golden sand are also ideal for the sport of land yachting. Hayle beaches are popular with families, finding protection from wind when sitting amongst “towans” or sand dunes on three different beaches. A self catering Hayle cottage is also the perfect base for exploring the wider area.
Restaurants and pubs are abundant in the community with many relaxed cafes, as well as upscale eateries. Pubs are a great escape after a full day in Hayle.
A history of mining creates an educational experience for anyone interested in the industry. Hayle was known for years for its copper mining and smelting trade, as well as a tin industry which is said to date back thousands of years. Physical evidence of this industrial history is evident today when taking various trails around the community. Foundry Square and the Quays, Penpol and the Copperhouse, as well as Harvey’s Foundry are all well worth exploring. Harvey’s foundry was in its heyday in the late 1700’s, manufacturing mining equipment. Most importantly, it manufactured steam pumping engines. This World Heritage Site demonstrates the importance of the industry in the region, with original buildings still standing from its industrial past.
Paradise Park is in close proximity to Hayle accommodation and works with endangered parrots from all areas of the globe. Owls, penguins and otters are amongst the many other species of animals which dwell in this park, making it a fascinating family day out from Hayle cottages. Most unique is the parks Cornish Otter Sanctuary which is making attempts to reverse the deadly consequences of misusing pesticides.
Community efforts to preserve outdoor areas have much changed the landscape of an area which was largely industrial for many decades. Mill Pond, home of a popular rope walk, should be added onto any visit to Paradise Park. Both locations are a short distance apart. Nature lovers can continue an outdoor tour of the area by observing the areas many unique species of plants and flowers when touring the Hayle Estuary.
Hayle’s position along the coast of Cornwall gives it more days of sunshine than areas further north in the UK. Temperatures are generally moderate with the hottest months in July and August.
Plymouth Airport (PLH) is a little over an hour’s drive from Hayle accommodation, and is the best way to get the area. A hire car is strongly recommended when visiting self catering Hayle cottages, as it allows you the freedom to really explore the many attractions found in this secluded part of the West Country.