Amazing Spots Around Cornwall
November 13, 2018
Cornish Coastal Spots | St Ives
Cornwall is wonderful, owning a Holiday Property in St Ives and around Cornwall, and letting it out is also wonderful –
Cornish Coastal Walking
From the town of St Ives, you are mere footsteps away, one of the best stretches of the 600+ mile path takes you along spectacular cliffs towards the pretty village of Zennor. Once there, take a break at the pub or cafe before retracing the 6-mile journey back to the town or make it a circular route by returning along the inland “Coffin Path”.
This is quite a challenging section of the coast path, so if you want a more relaxed constitutional, try heading eastwards towards Carbis Bay, where the path is paved. There are some stunning views across St Ives and the bay from here – and you can always take the lovely branch line train back into Porthminster Beach.
The Penwith peninsula is narrow at this point, and you can cross from Carbis Bay to Marazion (home of St Michael’s Mount) or Penzance on the 12-mile St Michael’s Way. Divert up Trencrom Hill for some of the best views around – and if you don’t fancy the 12-mile return walk, pick up a bus from Marazion or Penzance.
Cornish Clift Top Walks
Holidays in St Ives are guaranteed to fulfill all your needs – from action and adventure to relaxation and a quieter pace of life, from summers on beaches to winter coastal walks watching the waves. There really is something for everyone. Particularly good trail walking can be found around the coastline of St Ives – with the Garrack Hotel a very short walk from most of the best clifftop walks. Are you coming along with man’s best friend? Your Dog?
Cornwall landmass stretches out into the Atlantic and is surrounded by hundreds of miles of beautiful coastline, which means that not only is it an ideal pit-stop point for many migratory species but it often has unusual bird visitors. Amazing birds that have been blown off course or over-shot their intended destination and end up staying in Cornwall for a while due to strong winds. Cornwall also boasts a much milder climate than the rest of the UK and a surprisingly wide range of habitats, with wonderful cliff top walks.
The Beaches in Cornwall
Amazing sandy beaches will await, sandcastles, picnics, splashing around in the Cornish surf, rock pooling, beach games, sand dunes, surf lifesaving clubs, board sports, the list goes on, many different types of beach fun! The Summer is us and as this lovely war sunny weather starts coming in, it may be time to think of walking excursions around Cornwall, the Cornish landscape is totally wonderful around Cornwall.
The beaches of Cornwall are one of the main draws to the county, well that and the cream teas, and with the white sands and crystal-clear waters, it is easy to forget you are not on a tropical island most of the time. Locations in St Ives such as Porthmeor and Porthminster both have beachside cafes that offer a fantastic meal with a view and the famous Carbis Bay has its own helpfully placed train station just a minute up the road from the shore, as well as car parking.
St Ives Hotels
The popular Carbis Bay Hotel has won awards internationally and offers gorgeous food, friendly services, and stunning views. Just along the beach is Ocean Sports Centre where you can join a sea safari adventure with guides around some of the most iconic coastal locations. You can also hire Stand Up Paddleboards, canoes, and kayaks and explore on your own, away from the other holidaymakers. The Carbis Bay Hotel, along with The Spa at Una, St Ives Harbour Hotel and Spa and many more are some of the many luxurious locations in and around the town where a couple looking for a more relaxing, romantic getaway might enjoy a spa experience.
Enjoy Art In St Ives
Many people come to St Ive’s for its art: either to visit the galleries, take home a piece of art, or to paint or draw their own pictures. Tate St Ives (reopening Spring 2017) has a wonderful collection from the St Ives School as well as a changing exhibition program. The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden is one of the town’s real surprises – visit Hepworth’s studio and gardens and see her remarkable work in situ.
The Gallery St Ives
If art and culture are something you would like to explore more of then head over the island part of the town to find the Tate Gallery in St Ives. The museum exhibits modern, British artists, predominantly with links to the St Ives area. It is open daily from 10 to 5.20 pm and although worth the trip at any time, makes a perfect rainy-day activity (apologies, but even in Cornwall we do have them!) with a café, shop and children’s activities too. A combined ticket for The Tate and the nearby Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden is also available.
St Ives is a quintessential Cornish town with lots to see and do but most importantly with friendly faces waiting to greet you in every shop and restaurant and around every corner. St Ives and the Hut – I look forward to welcoming you and helping you make happy memories for years to come.