Believe me, if Hayle could tell a tale it would be rich and varied.
Gone are the days of a power station, copper smelting and the production of industrial chemicals, gone too are the furnaces melting metals and the production of mining machinery. Instead, we have a rich heritage of excellent pasties, golden sand dunes, caravans, holiday cabins and views over St. Ives Bay.
Our walk began at the carpark beside St Erth Church and 29 of us, led by Lee and Terry, took to the river bank, lanes and pavements to bring us to the centre of Hayle. We traipsed past tidal pools and circled the sandy towans. We observed the industrial remains of the power station and the ICI's bygone location. We passed the point where Wavehub's
electricity reaches land and followed the coastal path until we reached the hamlet, Phillack - and a welcome stop for crowst* beside Copperhouse Pool. As we munched away we were joined by the St. Ives MP, Andrew George. Unbeknown to us we were sitting on the wall outside his house! His greeting was warm and genuine.
Our homeward stretch took us back through the town, then along byways and fields. Having reached St Erth village an essential pause was made at The Star Inn. This was a walk of some six miles - all pretty straightforward with few climbs, interesting views and brilliant company.
* packed lunch – Cornish vernacular