Only a few miles from St Ives is Hayle, a small town which surrounds a the scenic Hayle estuary. This leads out onto St Ives Bay in West Cornwall and some of the country’s most beautiful beaches. Three miles up the coast is the small coastal village, Gwithian, which overlooks the town, and neighbours the Godrevy Heritage Coast.
The area is perhaps best known for its three miles of beautiful, uninterrupted stretch of golden sands starting with Porthkidney Beach, followed by the Towans, Gwithan and Godrevy beaches. Many of these beaches are dog friendly, making them very popular with local dog owners and the North Atlantic swell attractions surfers from all around.
Godrevy Lighthouse is an iconic landmark punctuating the end of St Ives Bay and marking the start of the Godrevy Heritage Coast. The area is maintained by the National Trust, who run the car park. The coastline is popular with walkers with stunning views out to see and a is great seal watching spot.
Sitting along the North Coast, near the A30 and being almost equidistance from St Ives and Penzance, makes this a perfect location from which to travel around Cornwall. Having said that, it has many of its own attractions including the RSPB Natures Reserve which is a haven for wetland birds, and family friendly days out such as Go Carting and Paradise Park.
This small town has bountiful options for food and drink including Italian, Mediterranean and American cuisine as well as the famous Philps pasties. Head up the road to Lelant to experience Scarlet Wines and Birdies Bistro. Alternatively take the branch line from St Erth or Lelant to St Ives which offers a host of restaurants and cafés.
There is a host of options for accommodation when holidaying in Hayle, Godrevy and Gwithian, from luxury hotels and self catering apartments to budget friendly hostels and cost cottages. Whatever your needs, there will be something to suit.