Hayle is a town of two halves that grew during the industrial period.

At one end of Hayle (the harbour end) was Harveys Foundry which built mining equipment for the local mines and exported them worldwide. There are still remains of some of these buildings to be seen as in the picture, where the building ruin is next to the pond. The foundry end also has the harbour which is now used for plesure boats.

The other end of Hayle is Copperhouse and has more restaurants and shops. From here you have a good view of Phillack village which leads to the Hayle Towans (sand dunes) where there are 3 miles of golden sands and some good Holiday parks are based there.

In spite of its industrial past Hayle is now a good base for tourists who might like to go bird watching in the nearby Lelant saltings, a tidal estuary which is a protected bird reserve as pictured.

Hayle has some good shops, restaurants and pubs. It is also within easy reach of St Ives and has good transport links, making it an ideal holiday destination.