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Nestled on the opposite side of St. Ives bay, Hayle’s main attraction for those holidaying in a cottage in the area is as the access point for a number of superb beaches, the first of which is the wide, three-mile sweep of Hayle Sands. The estuary which heralds the start of this lovely family beach is recognised as a haven for many unusual species of bird which nest there, including various breeds of wader, avocets and osprey. Hayle Towans beach is relatively sheltered, offering a two-mile sweep of fine sand, while next along Gwithian is a stunning, open expanse of sandy beach, but less protected, and as such is popular with surfers who will find a reasonable swell. The Godrevy lighthouse is a local landmark standing out to sea off Godrevy Point, which marks the end of the Hayle beach area; on a fine day there are lovely views out across St Ives bay from here. Fine views also form part of any visit to Godolphin House & Gardens, at Helston, a short drive from Hayle. This ancient estate with a historic house and gardens is run by the National Trust, and is considered a site of significant archaeological importance for the unique features and mine ruins that have been unearthed here over the years.

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