Accessibility at Hayle Estuary

Summary accessibility statement

How to get here

By train

Most trains stop at St Erth station. (Not all trains stop at Hayle Station).

By bus

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.

By bike

The reserve is on National Cycle Route number 3.

By road

From Foundry Square in Hayle, head in a westerly direction along the B3301 Carnsew Road under the railway viaduct, past Asda and Jewsons on the right. Turn left on Chenalls Road, signposted St Erth and Hayle Estuary Nature Reserve. The reserve entrance is in 200m.

Sat nav POI file: If you have a satellite navigation system that can accept POI files, please see our POI page for a download link and instructions.

Access to facilities

Car parking

Parking at the Eric Grace Memorial Hide/Ryan’s Field, 1.2m restricted height barrier.

Nature trails access
  • Circular walk around Ryan's Field, 1 mile (1.3 km). Allow 40 minutes on level, surfaced terrain. Wide pedestrian gate. Bench seating with back in car park.
  • Narrow and uneven public footpath with steps around Carnsew Pool, 1.5 miles (1.6 km). Allow 1 hour.
  • No stiles at either.
Viewing points
  • Eric Grace Memorial Hide with open picture windows overlooking the saltmarsh and lagoon at Ryan's Field. Step-free, level access. Fixed benches.
  • 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, a 2 mile (3 km) circular walk on level Tarmac/compact gravel.
  • Registered Assistance dogs welcome at all times.
  • Other dogs only on public footpaths and bridleways.