Hayle & St Ives

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St Ives Bay & Harbour

St Ives was a busy fishing port but fishing has declined over time. It is now a very popular tourist resort and has an excellent reputation as a centre for art.

There are a choice of beaches including Porthgwidden Beach, Porthminster Beach, the Harbour beach and Polmeor Beach. All beaches are lovely sandy beaches and popular with families.

The RNLI have stationed a lifeboat at St Ives since 1840. The pier shown above is called Smeaton’s Pier and helps to protect the harbour.

Porthmeor Beach

Porthmeor Beach is on the west side of St Ives and is overlooked by the Tate Gallery.

It is a lovely sandy beach and is probably the best beach for surfing in St Ives.

Carbis Bay

Carbis Bay is adjacent to St Ives.

Carbis Bay has a lovely long sandy beach that is very popular with families.

Sea Fishing in St Ives

St Ives is a good area for bass and flatfish. On the high tide try spinning for mackerel.

Festivals and Regattas in St Ives

Hayle Harbour

Hayle was a very busy cargo port in the days of copper and tin mining and is situated in the mouth of the Hayle River. The estuary with it’s muddy tidal flats is a popular destination for bird watchers.

The Towans

Hayle has a huge sandy beach known as the Towans – meaning sand dunes. The dunes back onto the beach with is a three mile stretch of sand that reaches from Hayle to Godrevy lighthouse. The lighthouse is situated at the east end of the Towans on an island just off the mainland.

The beach is popular for families and also for surfers and kite surfers.

Sea Fishing in Hayle

Hayle estuary is very good for big bass, large mullet, flatfish and even the odd sea trout (which must be released as you are not allowed to land these)

Festivals and Regattas in Hayle

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