Nature Reserves

RSPB Hayle nature reserve

England - Cornwall

United Kingdom

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Taking the kids out for the day to RSPB Hayle nature reserve in England - Free Stuff!

CONTACT INFO

01736 360624
hayle.estuary@rspb.org.uk
RSPB Hayle Estuary, Carnsew Pool
Hayle
Cornwall
England
TR27 6JF
United Kingdom

ON PEAK WORKING HOURS

START END
Sunday 09:00 - 17:30
Monday 09:00 - 17:30
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:30
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:30
Thursday 09:00 - 17:30
Friday 09:00 - 17:30
Saturday 09:00 - 17:30

ADMISSIONS

Entry

  • Free for all

DESCRIPTION

In cold winters, as many as 18,000 birds have been seen here, because this most south westerly estuary in the UK never freezes. During spring and autumn, it is an ideal place to see migrant wading birds, gulls and terns. In summer, if you are lucky, you may catch sight of an osprey. The reserve is good for walking, with pushchair-friendly paths.

Opening times

Open at all times.

Entrance charges

Free, but donations to help us continue our work here are welcome.

Information for dog owners

Dogs are only allowed on public footpaths and bridleways. Dogs must be kept under control

Facilities

  • Car park : Parking at the Eric Grace Memorial Hide / Ryan’s Field. There is 1.2 metre vehicle height restriction overhead barrier in place. No car parking at Carnsew, though parking within 500 metres in Hayle.
  • Good for walking
  • Pushchair friendly

Viewing points

One hide: the Eric Grace Memorial Hide overlooks the saltmarsh and lagoon at Ryan's Field. There is a circular walk around Ryan's Field and a public footpath around Carnsew Pool. Copperhouse Creek can be accessed from the public highway and has a footpath at the eastern end and good views from the north shore at the King George V Memorial Walk.


Nature trails

None. This is largely an urban nature reserve and as such there are ample places to see the estuary from the reserve boundary - please do not venture out onto the estuary itself as this frightens the birds away!

DIRECTIONS

By bicycle (Sustrans cycle route)

The reserve is on National Cycle Route number 3.


By train

Most trains stop at St Erth Station, for directions to the reserve follow the instructions for the bus routes. Not all trains stop at Hayle Station; exit the station down the station approach road and into Foundry Square. From here, follow the directions outlined in 'Directions to reserve by road'.


By bus

To view the main estuary Lelant Water, you need to visit Carnsew Pool and complete the circular walk around the pool which will give you views of Lelant Water from its far side. From St Erth railway station, take the First Kernow Bus Service No.18 to Foundry Square in the town of Hayle (take the No.14 bus if you are travelling from St.Ives, Hayle or Lelant). From here walk past the front of Asda and turn down the road between Asda and Jewsons. There is access to Carnsew Pool area about 100 metres on the left hand side. To view the main estuary Lelant Water, you need to visit Carnsew Pool and complete the circular walk around the pool which will give you views of Lelant Water from its far side. From St Erth railway station, take the First Kernow Bus Service No.18 to Foundry Square in the town of Hayle (take the No.14 bus if you are travelling from St.Ives, Hayle or Lelant). From here walk past the front of Asda and turn down the road between Asda and Jewsons. There is access to Carnsew Pool area about 100 metres on the left hand side. To visit Copperhouse Creek, stay on the No18 or 14 bus and get off opposite St Elwyn’s Church just past the petrol station on your right. Walk back several metres and cross over the bridge to North Quay. Follow the circular route past the swimming pool (lido) and then down St George V Memorial Walk.


By road

Directions if you’re travelling to the RSPB Ryan's Field car park (free). If travelling away from Penzance on the A30 take the second exit off the St Ives roundabout towards Hayle on B3301 (Carnsew Road). If you’re travelling towards Penzance on the A30 take the third exit off the St Ives roundabout. Continue along the causeway with the estuary to your left and Ryan’s Field on the right. Just after the car wash on the right take a right turn down Chenalls Road, a minor road, signposted St Erth and Hayle Estuary Nature Reserve. To get to Ryan’s Field from Foundry Square in Hayle, go in a westerly direction along the B3301 Carnsew Road under the railway viaduct and past Asda and Jewsons on the right Turn left on Chenalls Road signposted St Erth and Hayle Estuary Nature Reserve. The reserve entrance is 200 metres along this road on the right just before the railway bridge. Parking is alongside the long entrance road on the left and is free. There is a 1.2 metre vehicle height restriction at the gate. If travelling to Copperhouse Creek, from St Ives roundabout, go along the B3301 towards Hayle. Follow the road past Asda on your left and Foundry square on your right. Keep left across the roundabout and continue along the main road through Hayle. Opposite the petrol station you’ll see a signpost for North Quay on the left. Turn left and go over the bridge. After approx 50 metres turn right into King George V Memorial Walk, there is a small car park behind the swimming pool and cafe. The King George V Memorial Walk is closed to traffic on Sundays.
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