Hayle: Copperhouse Trail

I have mentioned before that the town of Hayle was a divided town back in the days of the Industrial Revolution. Engineering companies established in the town provided machinery for the Cornish Mining Industry and also exporting worldwide. At the eastern end the CCC (Cornish Copper Company) began smelting copper in 1758 and the Phillack…

The Buoys are having a Party!

On the rare occasion this month when the sun has been shining during our shopping trips in Hayle I have taken the opportunity to have a little walk around the south quay just to see what’s happening. Last week I was fascinated by all the buoys on this fishing boat. It looked like they were…

Hayle: St Elwyn’s Church

At the point where Hayle Terrace merges with Penpol Terrace and almost opposite the swing bridge leading to North Quay stands an impressive building. St Elwyn’s Church was the last building to be created by John B Sedding, the designer of the Brompton Oratory. It was completed in 1888 and is a good example of…

Black-headed Gulls

Gulls are members of a large, widespread family of seabirds. Often known as seagulls (though no species is actually called a seagull, and many are found far from the sea), they sometimes get a bad reputation for stealing chips. But gulls are intelligent, adaptable and often beautiful birds.¬† [source: The Wildlife Trusts] It is also…

cornwall in colours

A short stroll along a harbour quay, cautiously peering into moored fishing boats¬† (there are no railings to prevent you from falling into the water) provides a photo opportunity for capturing the colours of Cornwall. Even on a dull November day, there are glimpses of cheerful bright colours to warm the soul. Not the fingers…

Hayle: Penpol Terrace Walk

Alongside the Penpol Creek is Penpol Terrace – a Victorian row of terrace houses with shop fronts built into the front gardens. Harvey & Co were eventually forced to allow trading to take place outside their Emporium (where workers spent the tokens they were paid in) but the lack of available space meant that shops…

Hayle: South Quay

The south Quay/penpol creek runs alongside Penpol Terrace and runs into the Copperhouse Pool A Potted History of Hayle: Hayle’s sheltered wharfs encouraged human settlement from the Bronze Age and maybe even before. In the 18th century it was a town at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution. The port fed the mines of West…

Hayle: Penpol Creek

penpol creek from penpol terrace on a stormy November day During a brief interlude from the heavy showers that have been hammering the south-west for what seems weeks now, I had a little wander along Penpol Terrace after my session with the chiropractor. The planting alongside the creek has improved over the years and is…

Hayle: Foundry Square

Although we live closer to the quaint former fishing harbour of St Ives, Hayle is our go to town for the supermarket, library, hairdresser etc. It is also known for its three miles of golden sands stretching from Hayle Towans to Godrevy along Black Cliffs, Mexico Towans, Upton Towans and Gwithian. I have written about…

When the tide is out

At low tide from Hayle beaches it almost looks as if you can walk across the sand to St Ives. Maybe one day I shall see…