Explore the Area

The Old Quay House couldn’t be better located for exploring the delights that the West Cornwall area has to offer, with a plethora of things to see and do right on our doorstep.  Explore the nearby beautiful seaside town of St Ives with its extraordinary clarity of light which has always attracted artists keen to capture the beauty of the pale sands and the quaint fishing village.

We are perfectly positioned on the South West Coast Path, and there is a great selection of golden beaches in St Ives, Carbis Bay, Lelant and Hayle to choose from.  For those who like to get close to nature, you will not have to travel far, as the Inn lies at the head of the Hayle Estuary which is world renowned for its migratory birds and other wildlife.

The Old Quay House overlooks the beautiful RSPB Hayle Esturary Nature Reserve where in cold winters, as many as 18,000 birds have been sighted, 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 and we’ve even enjoyed a Dalmatian Pelican!

Just off the A30 roundabout linking St Ives, (4 miles) and Hayle (1 mile), this is a perfect location for travelling throughout Cornwall. The Old Quay House is within easy reach of the county town of Truro and world class attractions such as the Eden Project and Cornwall’s exquisite gardens.

Things to Do

Water Sports

Lizard Adventure – Kayaking, coasteering, climbing and paddle boarding

Gwithian Academy – Surf lessons and hire

Pasty Adventures – Kite and windsurfing lessons

Bike Hire

Hayle Cycles – Mountain, Fat and Tandem Bike Hire

St Ives E Bikes – Electric Bike Hire

Xpress Bikes – Fat tyre pedal assisted E-bike Hire


BK Fisheries – Coarse Fishing Lakes in Hayle

Blue Fin Charters – Sea Fishing Trips

Other Activities

Coast to Coast – Go Karting

Penwith Pitch and Putt – Crazy Golf, Pitch and Putt and Football Golf


From the Inn you can access some really lovely walks.  You can join the South West Coast Path for stunning coastal views or why not take in some circular walks around Hayle and St Erth?  Whilst staying, please feel free to ask our advice on our favourite local walks, or take a look at iWalk Cornwall.

Farmers Markets

St Ives Farmers Market – Every Thursday – 9.30am – 2.00pm – St Ives Guildhall

Helston Farmers Market – First Saturday of each month – from 9.30am – next to the Boating Lake

Truro Farmers Market – Every Wednesday and Saturday – 9am – 4pm – Lemon Quay