A Week in Hayle Cornwall

Here, we document our recent week’s holiday in Hayle, Cornwall. Two families renting a 4 bedroom self-catering holiday house on the Hayle beach.


St Ives harbour, St Ives, Cornwall

After experiencing bad journeys in the past, we set off from Buckinghamshire at 3 am and had a good journey, arriving in St Ives at 07:30.

After a walk around a full English breakfast on the harbour (St Ives Harbour picture above) front, we headed off to the beach. St Ives has several beach options, and we settled for the centre of town, Blue Flag Beach of Porthmeor, just by the Tate St Ives.

The day was very sunny and hot, and after a late lunch of Cornish pasty, we collected our keys and headed over to Hayle and our base for the week, just above Black Cliff Beach.


Black Cliff beach, Hayle, Cornwall

After a long day on Saturday and that realisation of being away from work, this was a lazy day at the house and on Black Cliff Beach (Black Cliff Beach above).

The most energy expended was a session of bodyboarding in the gentle waves.


Mousehole beach, Mousehole, Penzance, Cornwall

Monday was a day of three parts:

  • The morning was a visit to Mousehole (Mousehole Harbour above). It was not hot enough to test the outdoor rock pool, so just a look around the narrow streets and shops. A pasty lunch marked the end of the trip.
  • The afternoon was a bodyboarding session in some good waves on Hayle beaches.
  • In the evening, we headed into St Ives on the park-and-ride train that took the hassle out of finding parking spaces. A nice evening browsing the shops and galleries followed by an excellent meal at @hubstives.


The day didn’t look good, so a morning visit to Porthleven followed by an afternoon on the beach. You can see from the video below that the weather was not good.


Porthleven harbour, Cornwall

After a damp Tuesday, we had a very sunny day, and this was a full day on the beach, bodyboarding.

In the evening, we returned to Porthleven (Porthleven harbour above) to get an idea of what it is like in nice weather. See the picture to the right as a contrast to the video above.


Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

On a warm, overcast day in the morning, we visited Minack Theatre and National Trust’s St. Michaels Mount.

Minack Theatre (pictured above) is an open-air theatre hanging on the side of cliffs with some spectacular views, although it was a little sea misty on our visit.

St Michaels Mount (see picture below) was a boat trip as the tides meant the causeway was inaccessible. It is well worth a visit as it is unique and unspoilt over the years.

St Michaels Mount, Penzance, Cornwall

The afternoon was spent on the beach and in the garden.


Hayle beaches, St Ives, Cornwall

It was a very nice day, and I fully used the beach. This included a long morning walk, approximately 8 miles, 4 each way, along the whole of Hayle Beach. (picture above looking the length of Hayle Beach)

Late afternoon, train into St Ives for an evening meal and wander around the shops.


It is an end to a very enjoyable week in Cornwall.

We do really recommend the St Ives and Hayle area as a base location, as it provides great beaches and access to so many nice Cornish places to visit. Lots of accommodation options from self-catering houses, holiday parks or B&Bs.

Check out our beach pages for information on locations and our youtube channel for some videos taken during the week.

The next big question is where to go next.