The Hayle river leads into the estuary mouth, most of the beach on the Lelant side is called Porth Kidney beach over 2 miles long and even longer at low tide. Few people use the beach although it is popular with dog walkers and, at the Hawkes Point end of the beach towards Carbis Bay, it is favourite with surfers. Above the beach are sand dunes, ideal suntraps, and the coastal path which takes you to Carbis Bay and onto St Ives. This is one of the most visually breathtaking walks with stunning coastal views.
The beaches attract many artists due to the ever changing colours of the sea and the sky. As you approach the golf course, there is a small beach called Lelant Beach with caves, sand and rocks, do not be tempted to wade or swim across the Hayle Estuary river, many walkers will consider the extra miles around Hayle on the way to Godrevy Lighthouse, but the shifting sands make the shortcut river crossing extremely dangerous.