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WALKING TOURS of St Ives-We Love Them!!
Tina and I have now completed the History Tour of St Ives as well as the Art Tour. We found them both fascinating and very inspiring. Dawn is a wonderful guide with the three things that any guide needs in abdunace, Knowledge, Enthusiasm and Passion. She brings the stories to life! You will never look at St Ives in quite the same way again! Here are the details:
The Story of St Ives every Monday and Wednesday and Art in St Ives every Thursday – 3 tours operate each week March to start of Nov.
Winter tour The Story of St Ives every Wednesday-please call to reserve your place.
Meet outside The Guildhall at 11am and normally takes approx. 90 mins. Cost £5 per person.
Drop on Tour Times
The Story of St Ives-Mondays at 11am from March to October – no booking required
St Ives has a fascinating history – from its roots as a remote fishing and mining village, to its position in the mid twentieth century as a world-renowned centre of modernist art, and now as a well-loved holiday destination.
The Story of St Ives tour will guide you through all these facets of the town’s history, providing insights into the lives of people in the town throughout the centuries.
We will take you on a leisurely walking tour of the town, stopping at notable landmarks to relive key moments of the town’s history. You will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions about the past and present of St Ives
Mondays and Wednesdays 11am
Art in St Ives
Thursdays at 11am from March to October – pre-booking required – please call to reserve your place.
St Ives has long been famous for the quality of its light and its stunning scenery. Artists have been drawn to St Ives since the early 19th century and are still in the town living, visiting and working. We are lucky to have many high quality galleries in the town including the world famous Tate St Ives, The Hepworth Museum and the Leach Pottery.
During our Art in St Ives walking tour you will gain an insight into the lives of the artists who came to this small remote fishing village during the twentieth century, and established its reputation as one of the world’s foremost centres for modernist art.
Our tour will take you to all the notable places of interest around the town and we will bring these landmarks to life for you, providing an intimate insight into the lives of the artists living and working in this unique colony.
Drop on Tours run from March to the beginning of November and throughout the year on Wednesdays
Feast your Eyes! We were lucky enough to have professional photographer Dave Moody stay at the apartment recently and Dave kindly donated these stunning images for our blog. Thanks Dave!
HOT CHOCOLATE WITH SUNSET!
Even though we hadn't dined at the lovely Cafe on Porthmeor beach they seem to have no problem with customers
going in there during the evening just to order a drink. We had the hot chocolate which was yummy and as luck
would have it Mother Nature provided the entertainment, 2 nights in as row, with these beautiful sunsets. (This was mid May at around 8.30pm)
A NEW WALK AND TWO NEW NEW CAFES! (Mike & Tina)
Some of you will probably all be aware of the National Trust Car Park at Godrevy, opposite the Godrevy Lighthouse. It is from here you can walk up to see view the Lighthouse at close quarters and see the natural seal cove. There is a lovely cafe in the lower car park called Godrevy Cafe-the food is gorgeous!
However last week (June 2015) we discovered a new walk and a new cafe! You have two choices if you walk to where the seals are and just carry on walking up the hill so that the seal's are on your left there is a coastal walk to Hell's Mouth Bay (and Hell's Mouth Cafe!). This is about an 1.5 hour walk. If you don't want to walk that far drive past Godrevy Car Park until you reach Hell's Mouth Cafe on the right. If you are going to use the cafe afterwards, they are happy for you to park there. If not, there are places on the road you can park. Walk up towards the coast opposite the cafe and walk left towards the lighthouse-you can then go as far as you like. There are a few high steps on this route.
AFTER 35 YEARS WE DISCOVER A NEW BEACH AND A NEW WALK-BOTH STUNNING!
What a hidden gem! This is Porthkidney Beach-and it's huge! For walkers if the tide is out you can literally walk from Carbis Bay Beach round the Headland to get on to this beach. Carry on walking almost as far as you can go and there are some ( very well hidden!) steep steps, on the right that take you over the golf course and up to the Church at Lelant. Walk to the top of the road and you will arrive at one of our recommended pubs, The Badger. If the tide does not allow access via Carbis Bay beach you can also walk there via the coastal path which you can easily get on opposite the entrance to Carbis Bay Railway Station. If all else fails simply turn right before The Badger Inn and follow the road to the church. Park up and follow the footpath beside the church-it will be worth it! Enjoy.
PORTHKIDNEY BEACH, LELANT
Apartment View at Sunrise plus Peter & Linda's Blog
Above is the photo taken from the apartment window around 6.30am of the sunrise, beautiful view which lit up all the apartment, this is why we are up at 6.30am on holiday, well worth it.
The apartment was lovely on arrival all nice clean and fresh and a very nice welcome basket. Cannot think of anything to improve on.
I will put a review on trip advisor but we did try couple of local places for a drink in the evening, nice short walk to The Cornish Arms and received a warm welcome nice atmosphere and a short walk back we also tried The Atlantic Hotel which was also very nice with a good selection of beers.
We have visited The Lizard a number of times it is one of our favourite places such fantastic wildlife and plants which can only be found on the lizard, but on this occasion we walked from the lower car park easterly towards Cadgwith Cove as far as you like depending how fit you are, there are footpaths back to lizard village or on the coast path the views are amazing. Lovely Housel Bay Hotel on route to stop off for refreshments. Cadgwith Cove small fishing village and Coverack both well worth a visit on your return by car.
THE POLDARK CHALLENGE!
Who hasn't enjoyed the stunning scenery in the current TV version of Poldark ( I mean the Cornish scenery not Aidan Turner's with his top off!) We would love our guests to try and visit these locations and report back for this blog with your comments and photographs.
Here is a link to all the information you need ( you will need to copy and paste the link into your browser or type "Poldark's Cornwall Locations" into Google)
To get you started please see below for the one Tina and I did.
Location 1 Church Cove, Gunwalloe, visited by Mike and Tina
We were going the The Lizard anyway so only went a few miles out of our way and to be honest this was not the greatest beach. Having said that the setting was nice and there is a lovely old church overlooking Church Cove.
Walk from Porthminster beach over to the Harbour Beach if conditions allow!
Tina and I have been coming to St Ives for over 35 years and the first time we realised we could do this was 2 weeks ago! What a great experience although we did get our feet a little wet!
See Porthmeor beach from The Island
This is without a doubt the best place to view this stunning beach from (although you also get a great view if you take the road beside the Beach Car Park i.e. the opposite end to the Island, and walk out towards Zennor.) Enjoy a walk round The Island while you are at it and if its windy go to the little chapel at the highest point and try and stand upright!
A lovely early morning walk (from Mike)
I know you're on holiday and yes I know you want a lie in but if it's a really sunny day try walking down the back garden steps all the way down to Carbis Bay beach about 8am and walk along by the water as far as you can go to both ends. At one you will see the view on this page with St Ives Harbour bathed in sun. If you are lucky enough to have the waves crashing in as well is there anywhere else you would rather be in the world?
The path/steps can be slippery and dangerous so if you are worried take the road way instead. Also I have the named the walk back up to the apartment "Heart Attack Hill" because it's very steep, so please only do this if you know you are fit enough
Catherine and Neil's St Ives and Favourite Walks
We loved wandering down to the bar on the beach to have a drink while we watched the sun set and then catching the train over to St Ives for the evening.
Best restaurant in St Ives for us is the Tea Rooms on the front near the harbour - it's a regular (and gluten free) tea soho during the day with lovely cakes etc but a gourmet restaurant at night. Really friendly service, adventurous menu using lots of beautiful local and seasonal produce, fantastic cooking, great wine list and good price for the excellent quality.
We had a gorgeous circular walk from Gwithian which took in Godrevy Point, where we walked by the wild ponies and watched upwards of 50 seals basking on the beach and ended up with a great lunch with a top view at the shack on Godrevy Beach.
Our favourite walk by far was from Treen, down the coast path to Loggan's Rock and then along past the Minack Theatre, down to Porthcurro Beach and then on to Porthgwarra. A lovely sunny day and we even paddled. Possibly the most beautiful walk that this pair of travellers and walkers has ever experienced. Challenging in places, but so worth it. We'd planned to make it a circular and return via inland paths, but couldn't bear to leave the coastline.
We returned to Treen and walked the opposite way to St Loy on another day - very dramatic and bracing but again, spectacularly beautiful.
We found Godrevy View to be really comfortable and stylist. Everything we needed had been provided. The view is amazing.
Note: Lots of steps and up and down (some steep) hills involved but a lot of flat as well. Would wear decent walking shoes. St Benard’s dog not required! Continued below photo.........
If you go down the steps in the garden and make your way down the hill you will have a choice of carrying on down the hill, which will take you to The Carbis Beach Hotel and directly on to the beach. For a longer walk you can go this way and then get back on the coastal path by walking directly in front of the hotel and turning left. To see more of this route watch my video-look out for lovely train!
However if you turn left where the green and white signpost and arrow is situated on top of a metal pole which reads, Public Footpath you will then go up some wooden steps.
Eventually you will come out in a small road with glorious views of the sea to the right. Go to the end of this road and on the right you will find some steps leading down to the Carbis Bay to St Ives coastal path. Now your adventure really begins!
I would advise that when you get to the bottom of the steps you turn round and face the steps so that you will recogonise them on the return journey.
You will have lots of opportunities to see Carbis Bay beach (No1) from different angles along the way. When you get to the end of the road you can either bear left which takes you back to the St Ives main road-personally I would walk nearly to the end of this road just to sit down on the bench for 5 mins and take the vista of St Ives Harbour.
The re-trace your steps and find the footpath that takes you down to Porthminster cafe, and Beach (No 2) Continued below photo.........
From here just keep walking and you will eventually end up at the famous Sloop Inn. Oppsite the Inn is the Harbour Beach (No 3), assuming the tide has not made it disappear! Continued below photo.........
Now proceed up the hill with the Sloop Inn directly on your left. At the top of the hill you must turn left towards Porthmeor. You will go past a little cafe called Bumbles (or maybe not past it if you are thirsty!). Round the corner you will find my favourite of all the beaches, Portmeor Beach (No 4). You have also just discovered the famous Tate gallery. Continued below photos.........
This is the best beach, without driving anywhere for surfing and body surfing. If the Porthmeor cafe is open grab a hot chocolate or latte and watch the sun set. Perfect!
I would then carry on past the Tate and walk up a very steep hill and make my way down to The Stennack. From here you can either turn left and go past the cinema back into the centre of St Ives and then back to Carbis Bay or if you still have some puff walk across the roundabout at The Stennack and go up the hill and enjoy the unique views of the church (seen on so many paintings) and the Harbour Beach. Eventually you will come out on the main road back to Carbis Bay. If you recogonise the bench where I took you to earlier you can either walk back down the coastal path or simply walk back on the main road.
Enjoy-let us know what you think
Published by Mike and Tina
Godrevy Lighthouse with a trip to Phip's Bakery on the way
Yes, another pasty shop and, in my opinion, they are the best pasties in Cornwall. However, pasties are very subjective. Set off early (Philp's open at 8.30 am) and you might be able to get a fabulous Breakfast pasty before all the Cornish builders buy the lot on the way to work. If you arrive later then all the other pasties are fabulous too. The drive to Godrevy is not a very long one and, after you have been to Philip's in Hayle, drive through Gwithian village until you come to the National Trust car park at Godrevy (free to park for National Trust members). Take a picnic blanket or some folding chairs. The earlier you arrive, the better position you will get to park on the large grass car parks and a frontline space provides fabulous views. This is a fantastic place to sit and chill and take in the amazing seascape with views to Carbis Bay and St Ives. If your pasties are hot you would be recommended to save them for later and go for a walk. Whatever the weather, a walk around Godrevy Head is fabulous. Sunny weather provides the perfect walk on the beach and the opportunity to rockpool or a walk along the cliffs with views down to Mutton Cove (often full of seals basking in the sun). Stormy weather gives you the chance to see this landscape at its wildest. Watch the waves crash on the rocks. Whatever the weather, if you are on the beach, ensure you watch the tide. Don't get cut off. After taking some great photos and collecting some fascinating beach finds, your pasty awaits you at your car. The flask of coffee that Mike mentions might also be in order.
Published by Suzanne and Ian
http://www.southwestcoastpath.com/walksdb/67/ - link to the South West Coast path information for this walk.
A walk to St Ives taking in Carbis Bay, The Baulking House and Hain Walk
Make your way down the steps from Fernhill Apartments. At the bottom of the steps, turn left and walk up the road slightly. Turn right down the hill and then turn left onto Parc Owles. At the end of this road you will see the steps down to the coast path. At the bottom of the steps, turn left onto the coast path. Take your camera as there are some amazing views for you to photograph to take your memories home with you. As you walk along the path, you will notice all the different plants, the white flowers of wild garlic and the deep blue of bluebells in the early spring. The bright yellow of gorse in the late spring and the pink of the sea thrift in the early summer which quickly gives way to the lavender blossoms of the Agapanthus in the summer. The sparkling turquoise sea is almost always in view although it disappears for a while once you arrive at Hain Walk. Here the path widens to a narrow road and you are now at the most exclusive address in St Ives. You get glimpses of the sea past the houses and can look at all the beautiful gardens. Half way along you will come to The Baulking House. This listed building was used as a lookout for the pilchard fishermen in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Huer (the lookout) would signal to the seine net boats so that they could locate the shoals of fish. This is a good place to sit and take in the views to Godrevy lighthouse before you continue your walk to the end of Hain Walk arriving at the steep descent into St Ives. Walk down the hill and St Ives starts to come more and more into view. The pale sand of Porthminster beach appears and the sound of the sea and seagulls fill your ears. If you feel very content at this point I wouldn't be surprised as it is a lovely relaxing walk. As you turn right onto the zig zag path, you will pass The Porthminster Beach Cafe at the bottom and you are now at your destination. I recommend the crab cakes and chips from the Porthminster Beach Cafe takeaway window. You can sit at the benches on the beach and eat your food with a stunning view of St Ives. Whatever you do though, guard your chips. Those seagulls are cunning and will take your food away in a flash!
Published by Suzanne and Ian
THE LIZARD-A WONDERFUL DAY OUT AND BEST CORNISH PASTY IN THE WORLD (Seriously, but a long drive to get it and it is always best to ring first and reserve one. You can choose from normal, veggie,or cheese and veg).
If you have not yet visited the amazing most southerly point in Cornwall, The Lizard, your soul, I’m afraid is incomplete. We adore it and heaven is driving to Anne’s Pasty’s, securing our hoard and then driving to the Lighthouse National Trust car park.
You need to take a flask of piping hot coffee and some folding chairs and sit next to the car and take in the view. Then it’s time to walk off the Pasty by going down to the rugged coastline and choosing either the left or the right coastal walk. We prefer right towards Kynance Cove.
Bad news, you have just walked off the Pasty and you arrive back at The Most Southerly Café that sells gorgeous cream teas-life’s a bitch!
PASTY RESERVATION NUMBER 01326 290889
Mike & Tina
A SPECIAL PLACE TO VIEW ST MICHAELS MOUNT
We took the long way to St Michaels Mount the recently and the view is spectacular! Instead of turning right by the new lighthouse into St Ives carry on up the hill signposted to The Leisure Centre Car Park (Footnote: if you ever have trouble parking in St Ives there is a park and ride from the leisure centre as well but costs around £5.70 a day plus a £1 each way per person for the P & R, with the last bus at 6pm).
Carry on up the hill and follow the signs to Penzance, the road is B3311 which is a country road and quite twisty. You will go through a village called Nancledra. Maybe a couple of miles after this you will come round a bend and see the most wonderful view of The Mount. There is a lay-by there so pack the flask and a cake as you will want to enrich your soul for a while with the vista.
As you do, go back in time to the year 1588. It was from The Mount that the Spanish Armada with 130 ships and 30,000 men was first spotted and with no iPhone to hand a beacon was lit to warn Elizabeth 1 of the invasion.
When you eventually get to Penzance turn left and follow the signs to Marazion for The Mount.
Audio tour of the island highly recommended.
Mike & Tina
Golf near the apartment
There are two golf courses just a few minutes drive from Godrevy View. The pictures here show the West Cornwall Golf Club in Lelant but there is also a nice course at Tregenna Castle, which on the St Ives Road on the route from Carbis Bay into St Ives.
Contact numbers are: West Cornwall Golf Club: 01736 753401 or Tregenna Castle: 01736 795254