Mevagissey harbour  Visiting Cornwall Logo - background is part of Bodmin Moor as seen from Jamaica Inn at Altarnun. The road in the picture is the main A30 through Cornwall. Eden Project near St Austell 


Harvey's Towans

This expanse of beach is what makes up most of Hayle's 3 miles of golden sand. At low tide all the Hayle beaches join up to provide an impressive stretch of sand, popular with sand yachts and kite buggies. Despite being directly in front of a substantial caravan park the beach is so vast that it very rarely gets crowded. This end of the Towans faces onto the Hayle river estuary and not the sea. Much of the beach has begun to disappear as a direct result of the permanent removal of sand by commercial dredging by the owners of Hayle Harbour, ING Real Estate (UK).
A stone plinth above an old gun emplacement marks the boundary between Harvey’s Towans and Mexico Towans.

Harvey's Towans lie just across the Hayle Estuary from Lelant. There is a road from North Quay into the dunes at the back of the beach.

Swimming & Surfing
Swimming is discouraged here due to to the dangerous river currents.
The most commonly surfed spot on this stretch of beach is 'The Site' named after the caravan site in the dunes behind.
Being more sheltered from the swell than Gwithian and Godrevy, plus facing a little more north, makes 'The Site' a good choice when there's a big north coast swell and the wind is due south. On a good day there are really long walling lefts and rights but they need a good deal of paddling too. It tends to be better towards high tide.

Lifeguard service in Summer.

There is a car park in the caravan and campsite behind that can be used in the winter.

Dog Friendly
Dogs are banned on this beach from Easter Sunday until 30th September inclusive.

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