Hayle Towans Beach

In Brief

Suitable for: Families, surfers and sunbathers
Location: At the end of North Quay, Hayle
Parking: A few decent-sized car parks nearby
Dog friendly?: Yes, apart from over the summer

‘Three miles of golden sands’. That’s what Hayle Towans Beach is known as. Also known as Hayle Beach or Upton Towans, this long stretch of coastline is simply the go-to beach if you’re staying in or around Hayle. It’s on the edge of town and at low tide you can literally walk for three miles as all the smaller beaches join up to create this sandy monster.

A fair amount of the beach sits directly in front of a holiday park, meaning that this stretch must get busy in the summer, right? Well, wrong, as this is such a massive area, there’s always plenty of space, so you’re pretty much guaranteed to find a top spot for sunbathing or for kids to make whopping great sandcastles. The sands are soft and comfortable but still make for great sandcastle building materials.

Between 5 May and 30 September every year, there is lifeguard cover here. Check with them where’s best to swim, though, as some parts of the clear waters here are near the river estuary and that can be a dangerous area for a dip. Surfing is recommended, though, especially at high tide near the holiday park area. Plenty of locals and visitors take their boards out at this massive beach.

In short, surfers, families, kids and sunbathers get a lot out of this huge stretch of sands that leads all the way up to Gwithian Towans Beach. And then, once you’re done, you’re only a short walk from the centre of Hayle, where great pubs and eateries await. Hit the Towans before hitting the town. And then do it all again tomorrow.