Local trains

Hayle lies on the main rail link through Cornwall so it has excellent rail links with the rest of the country and the station is located just a short walk from Foundry Square.

Although the station at Hayle is unmanned, the station lies on the main Paddington to Penzance line and if you board here you can buy your ticket from the conductor on the train or in advance online.

St Erth which is the next stop in a westerly direction is the stop you can take for the St Ives Bay line. First Great Western describes it thus ...

Running between St.Ives and the mainline station at St.Erth, the St.Ives Bay Line has some of the most beautiful scenery in England and is well worth taking a trip on. Arriving into St.Ives by train is far easier than driving, and the 12 minute ride from St.Erth gives you some spectacular views that you just don't get by road. You can join the branch line at St.Erth or at the Park & RIde at Lelant Saltings.

The line was opened in June 1877 and helped bring tourists into the area, developing St.Ives as a holiday resort. The St.Ives Bay Line was also the last railway in Britain to be built to Brunel's 'Broad Gauge', creating a superb piece of Victorian engineering as the tracks hugs the edge of the cliff around the coast.

The St.Ives Bay Line sweeps alongside the golden sands of Hayle Towans, through Carbis Bay and onto St.Ives with panoramic views of craggy cliffs and the colourful harbour. Take the chance to visit the narrow streets of St.Ives, a picturesque town with many galleries, shops, pubs, restaurants and guesthouses.The St.Ives Bay Line gives good access to walking routes such as the South West Coast Path which follows the line from Lelant's St. Uny Church to Carbis Bay, then onto St.Ives.'

For more information on rail transport visit www.thetrainline.com