Cornwall, England

Hayle: River Trails, Beach, Godrevy National Trust

Flickr: Robert Pittman

Running in Hayle, a town seven miles northeast of Penzance at the mouth of the Hayle River, offers some real pleasures: some of the nicest beach running in Cornwall, and several km of trails along the river estuary.

Beach Run. Hayle Beach is one of the best beaches for running in Cornwall. Wide and sandy, with generally firm sand conditions. Run up to 3.5 miles northeast on the beach along St. Ives Bay, as far as the Godvrey National Trust trails. Views of the water and big sand dunes.

Tony Atkin / The Hayle Estuary / CC BY-SA 2.0

Hayle Estuary Trails. There’s 3-4 miles of trails around the Hayle River river/estuary. From Hayle train station, run on flat, wide paths along Carnsew Pool and Cooperhouse Pool.

Godrevy National Trust. At the far end of St. Ives Bay, there are some wonderful running options with something for all abilities. In addition to the beaches, there are trails along headlands, and over coastal grasslands and heathland. This site has information on the various trail options. For a great, and moderately challenging trail run, do the 5-mile Godrevy to Hell’s Mouth coastal walk.

 

Essentials
  • Estuary: 3-4 miles (5-6 km) Beach: up to 3.5 miles (5.6 km)
  • Generally flat!
  • For beach run: numerous access options/car parks; for estuary trails, good access near the train station
  • Numerous car parks and beach acccess area; Hayle is served by train

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Essentials
  • Estuary: 3-4 miles (5-6 km) Beach: up to 3.5 miles (5.6 km)
  • Generally flat!
  • For beach run: numerous access options/car parks; for estuary trails, good access near the train station
  • Numerous car parks and beach acccess area; Hayle is served by train