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Three miles of golden sand

Hayle Towans Holiday Cottages and Chalet Self Catering Accommodation

Our Hayle Towans beach chalets and holiday cottages give you the best access to the beach, a tucked-away treasure on the north coast of Cornwall flanked by picturesque sand dunes (the Towans). This golden beach stretches along the easterly side of St Ives Bay and thanks to its westerly facing position, it basks in the sunlight all day long.

Our Hayle Towans beach chalets are the perfect base to enjoy time in (or on!) the water, closeby to several watersport centres and surf schools, it’s ideal for those wanting to try the sport for the first time or to hone their skills. Low tide exposes an array of rock and sand pools, perfect for little ones to play and cool off in. While you’re here, you will hopefully get to experience some of the finest sunsets in Cornwall.

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Gwithian Beach and dunes, St Ives Bay, Cornwall


Hayle Estuary is the start of three miles of sands that stretches across St Ives Bay to Godrevy. Upton Towans, Mexico Towans and Hayle Beach are all dog friendly all your round, and all interconnect as the tide goes out.

These beaches have much more than just sandy shores to explore, with a rich history to be found on the dunes behind them and caves to discover at low tide. From wartime structures to pillars used to facilitate the extraction of tin from the sand over a hundred years ago, there’s plenty to see for those who don’t fancy lounging in the sun all day.

Gwithian beach dunes, Cornwall


Backed by sand dunes, with a gentle golden slope leading down to clear waters, Gwithian’s lifeguarded shores are perfect for beach life. When the wind blows, watch surfers take on the Atlantic waves and kite surfers take to the air, with seasonal lifeguards looking on.

On a calm day, the waters are dotted with swimmers, families playing beach games and kids finding their feet with bodyboards. Watch the activity from the sand with a picnic, or see the sun set over the Atlantic with a beach barbecue – whatever you choose, whatever the weather, Gwithian is the idyllic beach retreat that Cornwall is so famous for. And, just a short stroll from our Gwithian Towans beach chalets.

Godrevy lighthouse, Gwithian beach, Cornwall


With its rocky outcrops, great surf and sheltered shores perfect for sunbathers, Godrevy is the beach for those looking to find their own secluded spot of sand. When the tide is in, the size of Godrevy is greatly reduced in size, but put your trainers on and head up onto the rocks and watch the waves crash. Godrevy is under the watchful eye of seasonal lifeguards, so children can play happily in the sea, or explore the many rockpools and sandpools.

Godrevy beach and the grassy cliff above looks out towards Godrevy Lighthouse, the inspiration behind Virginia Woolfe’s To The Lighthouse. It’s one of our favourite spots to watch the sun set, turning the sky a deep red as the sun slips down behind the lighthouse – bring a barbecue for an idyllic Cornish evening.

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Surfing at Gwithian Beach, Cornwall

Ride the waves

There are numerous surf schools around Hayle – try Global Boarders to arrange a lesson with their on-site surf school. All schools will cater for all ages and abilities, with Hayle beach often welcoming medium sized clean surf to its shores.  Lizard Adventures, located at Hayle Harbour, also run a number of watersport activities for families and individuals…

Red Panda At Paradise Park, St Ives Bay, Cornwall

Paradise Park

This brilliant wildlife park is one of our favourite attractions in the area. With over a hundred species of birds including eagles, parrots and flamingoes, as well as Red Pandas, otters and a petting zoo, there are so many animals to marvel at. Paradise Park caters for all ages too – with penguin feeding, free flying shows and the chance to hold a barn owl, make sure you check out their website to find out when these events are on. If the kids still aren’t tired out, make sure you take them to the Jungle Barn, Paradise Park’s whopping soft play area. A thoroughly entertaining way to spend a day!

Seals Mutton Cove Gwithian, Godrevy

Seal spotting

All year round, if you head across Godrevy Point to Mutton Cove and peer carefully over the cliff edge, you should be able to spot the herd of seals down below, taking shelter on the beach. Watch them head out to sea and swim, their heads bobbing in the waves like little black buoys, or see fluffy grey pups lollop across the sand. If you’re lucky enough, you may be able to spot them in the water off Godrevy and Gwithian beaches – or take a boat trip with St Ives Boat Company and spot them lounging on the lighthouse island.