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Hayle Towans Beach  



Hayle Towans starts at the entrance to the River Hayle and the Estuary and loops round to Black Cliff, which at high water separates it from Mexico Towans and the long stretch of beach known as Hayle Beach.


This impressive stretch of golden sand, that rarely gets crowded, can be accessed from several different places in Hayle. Part of Hayle Towans is often referred to as Harvey’s Towans after the Hayle family that began Harvey’s Foundry that was world famous at the height of the mining era in the 19th Century. Hayle Towans is also known as Upton Towans.


Hayle beach adjacent to the river is opposite Lelant Beach and Porthkidney Sands. Under no circumstances should an attempt be made to cross the river even at low water because of the dangerous strong currents. Swimming in the designated areas only, and when the lifeguards are on duty.
Part of Hayle Beach is next to the estuary, this area can change as the dunes in recent years have either accreted or eroded. But there is usually a strip of sand above the high water. The main part of the beach always has a strip of sand below the dunes at high water and an extensive area of sand at low tide.


Hayle Towans beach has lifeguards during the summer months that patrol each and everyday, from morning till dusk, so you can feel very safe if you fancy a swim. Please be sure to observe the flags, and the beach safety code.

Nearby Beaches


Black Cliff Beach (0.4m)


Mexico Towans Beach (0.5m)


Porthkidney Beach (1.5m)


Gwithian Beach (1.8m)


Godrevy Beach (2.1m)


Carbis Bay (2.2m)


Porthminster Beach (2.6m)


St Ives Harbour Beach (2.8m)


Beach Specifics


Beach Type Parking Facilities


Parking available at campsite above the beach

Lifeguard Service Facilities

RNLI Lifeguard cover from May to October.

Easter bank holiday


Dog Friendly ? Disabled Access

Dog ban from April to October.

Ramp access to the beach

OS Grid Reference - SW 55140 38171

X (Easting) : Y (Northing) - 155140 : 038171

Postcode (nearest) TR27 5AS

Grid Reference (6 figure) - SW551381

Latitude : Longitude : 50.192815 : -5.4319829



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