OK, for those of you who don’t speak Cornish, this is the King George V Memorial Walk in Hayle, West Cornwall. Hayle doesn’t rate highly on the ‘must see‘ places to visit in the county, but you would be making a big mistake not to come and walk by the Hayle Estuary alongside the Copperhouse Pool, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and an area of great scientific value, it is also a level walk and suitable for pushchair and wheelchair users.
The more picturesque path which has been created immediately adjacent to the left-hand side of the road is stony but level throughout. The path is bordered by flowers and there is plenty of seating en route, with gaps in the flower beds to enable you to admire the view.
On a gentle, warm sunny day this is a beautiful place to visit. The planting is divine. Colours intermingle in the borders and sub-tropical plants stand side-by-side with temperate specimens. A shady walk leads off into a woodland path where there is even a pond complete with water-lilies. A bug hotel welcomes children to discover the joys of nature and plenty of seating allows for people of all ages to enjoy the space. A greenhouse is full of new cuttings, raised seedlings, information, pots and volunteers cheerfully maintain the borders removing weeds with a smile.
Once an important port, even during the bronze age, the town was also a pioneer of the industrial revolution. The whole character of the town built up around its two foundries: the Cornish Copper Company and John Harvey and Sons. Between them they served the world, jointly building the world’s largest pumping engines (used to drain the Haarlem lake in Holland) and constructing Cornish beam engines for mines around the world.
There is a small car-park at the beginning of the walk next to an open-air swimming pool (summer only) and if you want to continue the walk you can cross the estuary and return via the town by a circular route. Look out for visiting wading birds in the estuary. Another reason to visit Hayle are the Towans. An impressive stretch of north west-facing golden sand that rarely gets crowded and is ideal for sand yachts and kite buggies. Hayle Towans (towans is the Cornish word for dunes) also known as Upton Towans can be accessed from several different places in Hayle.