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…

Towans

Hayle Towans At low tide it sometimes appears as though you could easily walk around the coast to St Ives (header photo) especially when it is an exceptionally low tide and the Hayle river with its strong currents almost disappears.

Hayle: East Quay

 East Quay and Penpol Creek as seen from North Quay, with the treacherous sand banks that make this harbour tricky to navigate.

Hayle Harbour

Not a place I walk around normally and I have no idea why not. New walkways have been created along the North Quay leading onto the beach. When the tide is out it is possible to walk along the river and onto Hayle Towans and even further to Godrevy if you so wish. Most of…