Welcome to Hayle
Situated at the mouth of a broad river estuary to the east of St Ives, the little town of Hayle has never quite enjoyed the renaissance of many of the north coast's other seafront towns. These days it's little more than a string of shops set along a long main street, but in the 19th century this was one of Cornwall's most important industrial ports: much of the copper and tin mined around Camborne, Redruth and Penwith was shipped out of Hayle's port, and the town was home to a thriving iron foundry that provided the necessary equipment for the local mine workings.
Various initiatives have aimed to give the town a new lease of life, but it's still looking a little run-down. The main reason to visit is the town's proximity to the beaches of Gwithian and Godrevy.