Walk - Hayle to St Ives
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- The 100 year-old swing bridge at the entrance to Hayle harbour.
- The birds of Hayle Estuary including curlews and oystercatchers. Winter is the season to see the most birds, in fact as many as 18,000 birds have been recorded here in the cold season.
- Hayle’s mining and rail heritage. Little remains of the Carnsew foundry of Harvey & Co near the railway viaduct in the town centre, yet at one time it was a thriving business exporting Cornish beam engines and other mining equipment all over the world. You can find out more information from the town library and Tourist Information Centre in Commercial Road.
- The RSPB hide at Ryan’s Field, open to visitors and containing information and identification charts.
- St Uny’s Church, Lelant, with its ancient Cornish crosses. It is believed that the churchyard is built on the site of a Roman fort. This is the starting point of St Michael’s Way.
- The views of the dunes and out to Godrevy from above Porth Kidney Sands. This beach is often deserted due to lack of parking facilities.
- The large, sheltered sandy beaches of Carbis Bay, which are perfect for picnics.
- Exploring all that St Ives has to offer, including a wealth of art and crafts, fantastic cafes and restaurants and of course the beautiful beaches.
Places of interest
- The Tate Gallery at St Ives.
- The museum of St Ives full of information about St Ives’ cultural links as well as maritime and mining history. Tel: 01736 796005.
Carbis Bay (4.5 miles, 7 km).
Zennor (7.2 miles, 11.2km) - but be aware that the section of path between St Ives and Zennor of path is quite rugged and you should allow at least 3 hours.
Refreshments are available from many places along the route, including Lelant and Carbis Bay.
For locally sourced produce try the vegetarian Woodcote Hotel at The Saltings, Lelant, or The Garrack Hotel in Burthallan Lane, St Ives, which was awarded the AA restaurant guide’s Best Use Of Local Produce.
The nearest train stations are Hayle & St Ives. For timetable information, zoom in on the interactive map and click on the train station and bus stop symbols, visit Traveline or phone 0871 200 22 33.
Hayle (Postcode for Sat Navs: TR27 4HQ), Lelant, Carbis Bay and St Ives.
Section 20: Hayle to St Ives
Starts 227 miles (366 km) from Minehead
Ends 399 miles (642 km) to Poole
Previous section in South West Coast Path Portreath to Hayle
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Local maps and publications
SWCP Association list
This list is provided by the SWCP Association in partnership with Luggage Transfers Ltd (who move walker's bags along the whole path), and these places are used to taking walkers for a single night.