Hayle and The Towans circular walk

Hayle and The Towans

A circular walk on the Towans at Hayle, where Cornwall's beam engines were cast using sand from a prehistoric lagoon when West Penwith was an island.

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either as a GPS-guided walk with our app (£3.29) or a PDF of directions (£2.79) Example of directions

The walk follows the quays where Harvey's of Hayle once shipped beam engines around the world and enters the dune system of The Towans. The route follows the coast path across the cliffs with views over St Ives Bay to reach Mexico Towans. The route turns inland through the dunes to reach the mediaeval churchyard of Phillack and then descends to Copperhouse Pool which is walled using blocks of slag from the copper smelter. The final stretch of the route is through the King George V Memorial Gardens.


  • Views over the Hayle Estuary and St Ives Bay
  • Vast sandy beach stretching to Godrevy
  • Bird life in the Hayle Estuary
  • Colourful gardens along Copperhouse Pool
  • Industrial and mining heritage
  • Can be combined with Gwithian and Upton Towans walk via a very short drive


  • Note that most coastal walks in Cornwall have paths close to unfenced cliffs.

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Vital statistics

  • OS Explorer: 102
  • Distance: 2.7 miles/4.3 km
  • Steepness grade: Easy
  • Recommended footwear: walking shoes
  • No stiles: ✓
  • Pub: ✓
  • Café: ✓

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Pubs on or near the route

  • The Bucket of Blood

either as a GPS-guided walk with our app (£3.29) or a PDF of directions (£2.79) Example of directions

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