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The Towans. Hayle Beach

St Ives, Cornwall

The Towans, Hayle in St Ives Bay makes up part of a necklace of golden beaches which are bordered by the picturesque fishing town of St Ives to the west and fringed by the dunes of Hayle to the east.

Beach Type



Shops and pubs are near the beach

Nature and Wildlife

The beach is served by coastal footpaths. which lead to a number of interesting local features and locations. including the village of Zennor. Godrevy Point with its views across to Godrevy Island. Penwith - Kerrier Ramblers (Tel. 01736 752121) welcomes v

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

The beach is cleaned regularly and litter bins are provided.


Dogs are banned from Easter - October.

Awards and Recommendations

Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

St Ives Tourist Information Centre: The Guildhall, Street-an-Pol, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 2DS Tel: 0905 252 2250. Website: Hayle Tourist Information Centre Hayle Recreation Ground Lethlean Lane Hayle Tel. 01736 754399


Nearest town: St Ives
County: Cornwall
Latitude/Longitude: 50.2046, -5.41566
Postcode: TR27 5AP
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

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The Towans can be reached from the B3302 which is just off the A30. The beach can be accessed through the St Ives to Porthmeor / Island car park. Steps or paths lead to the beach from adjacent car park or road.

Public Transport

Nearest railway station Hayle. Lelant. Bus route 501 (summer only)

Nearest Railway Stations

Hayle (About a mile away)
Carbis Bay (Approx. 2 miles away)
Lelant Saltings (Approx. 2 miles away)
Lelant (Approx. 2 miles away)
St Erth (Approx. 3 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


Parking facilities are near to the beach. Contact TICs for details.

Nearby Car Parks

Riviere Towans, Phillack (Unknown stay).
About 0.8 miles away
Commercial Road, Hayle (Long stay).
About 1 miles away
Hayle Station, Hayle (Unknown stay).
About 1.3 miles away
Foundry Square, Hayle (Long stay).
About 1.5 miles away
Gwithian Towans, Hayle (Long stay).
About 1.5 miles away
Millponds Gardens, Hayle (Unknown stay).
About 1.5 miles away
Lelant Station, St Ives (Unknown stay).
About 1.7 miles away
Lelant Saltings Station, Lelant (Unknown stay).
About 2.1 miles away
Godrevy Towans, Gwithian (Unknown stay).
About 2.2 miles away
Carbis Bay Station, St. Ives (Unknown stay).
About 2.2 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in St Ives