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Hayle, Cornwall

godrevyI've been won over by Hayle in Cornwall. Here are a few reasons why.

...The Great Outdoors

Godrevy beach with lighthouse is to the north of Hayle's 3 miles of golden sand. At low tide all the Hayle beaches join up to create a really spectacular expanse - great for brave bodyboarders, flying a kite, frizbee throwing, runs and building sand castles.

Prussia Cove - about 20 minutes from Hayle you will find the small and secluded sandy cove. No facilities here. Was known as a smuggler's hideaway in the 18th century.

Marazion has a man-made causeway that allows access to St Michael's Mount, at mid and low tide, 400 yards off shore.

The new promenade along North Quay and the Jubilee Bridge make improvement around the harbour for tourists and locals.

Hayle Estuary offers the opportunity to get an close-up view of many waterbirds. There is a RSPB hide off Birdwatch Causeway. Click here for events and more info.

The coastal walk from Zennor has amazing rugged views. End with a lovely pub meal at the Tinners Arms to reward your exertions. As you head down to join the path from the village you cross a small wooden bridge over a tumbling stream. Here, legend has it, a mermaid followed this stream to reach the church on hearing the voice of a local man singing there. On seeing her he fell in love and returned to the sea with her, never to be seen again - although his singing could be heard to warn the local fisherman of when it was safe to go to sea.
















Sennan beach, 2 miles from Land's End. Land's End is more of a children's attraction than a natural one. There are some activities for children plus a playground and farm visit at a price (£25 for a family ticket, plus £5 parking) which keeps them happy. The mini museum about the walker's between Land's End and John O'Grotes is worth a look.

johnnyscafe...Fab places to eat

There are interesting cafes all along the main street. Our favourites were...

Johnnys Cafe, serving vegetarian and vegan food with a cheery smile.

Famous Philps Pasties can be eaten across the road over a pint in The Standard pub.

The Victoria Inn at Perranuthnoe, reputedly one of the oldest inns in Cornwall, is a recommended upmarket dining option.

prattsmarketTinners Arms, Zennor - all my favourite puddings! Was so hard to choose.





Take a look in Pratts Market - it has quaint shops under one roof selling unusual bits and bobs at reasonable prices.



...To stay

St Ives Bay SK2 - A train carriage that can be separated into 2 apartments or opened up as one large one making it suitable for a group of friends, families or a couple. The compartments have been converted for overnight stays with kitchenette whilst retaining much of their original character. Heating and a basket full of slippers keep guests cosy in the winter. For train enthusiasts there is a viewing platform that looks over the neighbouring train tracks. A perfect space for families: there is a garden with swings, a signal box playhouse and games, toys, DVDs and high chair. Arriving by train is encouraged with a discount.