Top Walks in West Cornwall

29th September 2016

Discover the wild west’s stellar sights and follow the footsteps of modern troubadour Simon Arbitrage’s poetic pilgrimage around the South West Coast Path where his famous words are practically palpable in the enticing sea air.

With over two hundred miles of coastal pathways fringing a richly diverse interior, Cornwall is something of a rambler’s dream destination. From World Heritage Site mining landscapes to cultural attractions, historic landmarks, harbours, heathlands and rivers – whether you wish to hike the entire circumference or simply adventure on foot – West Cornwall is awash with a variety of top-notch walks.

From the Carbis Bay area, the coastal path gravitates either in the direction of north Cornwall or west towards Lands End. Past Porthminster Beach and the harbour toward the Island and Porthmeor Beach, there are a number of must-see cultural sights including the Tate St Ives and Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Further along towards the village of Zennor, you’ll find locals’ haunt, The Tinner’s Arms a warmly welcoming respite, while a visit to St Senara’s Church reveals a carved depiction of the fabled Mermaid of Zennor. Head off track with a diversion inland to one of West Cornwall’s most striking megaliths at Zennor Quoit before rejoining the coastal path towards Gurnard’s Head.

Trail ragged rock formations further west to Morvah, Pendeen, St Just and Cot Valley, where concealed coves, engine houses and standing stones flank small villages scattered throughout majestic moorlands. A number of circular paths of differing length will lead you round highlights Carn Kenidjack (or ‘Hooting Cairn’), Geevor Tin Mining Museum and Pendeen Lighthouse.

All walkways in the Lands End vicinity are recommended – from Sennen Cove round to the realms of Rosamund Pilcher’s romances at Porthgwarra and the famed Minack Theatre (complete with café), where open air performances are set against the beguiling backdrop of Logan’s Rock and staggeringly scenic, Porthcurno Beach.

Visit the Telegraph Museum at Porthcurno before setting off to Penberth for a short winding walk, or continue further east for the Lamorna to Mousehole stretch. Both are replete with incredible lookouts and inviting stop-offs such as the Logan Rock Inn, Lamorna Cove Café and Mousehole harbour’s cobbled assortment of galleries, cafés and shops.

From Penzance, take a stroll through the village of Gulval to the paradisiacal, Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens and Lime Tree Café, or pursue the coastal path for the Marazion to Perranuthnoe or Praa Sands routes. Further on, Rinsey, Porthleven and The Lizard – especially the enigmatic Kynance Cove – all beckon.

Arguably one of the best views and walks over West Cornwall culminates in the grand apex of Trencrom Hill, a Neolithic hill fort near Lelant. The top of this tremendous Cornish cairn affords a breathtaking bird’s eye view as the plethora of far-reaching sights scan from St Ives Bay and Hayle Estuary on the north coast round to Mounts Bay and St Michael’s Mount on the south, bestowing mesmeric land and seascapes from every awe-inspiring angle.

Providing the perfect base for exploring West Cornwall on foot, Carbis Bay Holidays’ plethora of properties ensures brilliant boltholes for you to rest and relax in after an exhilarating day of walking.

By: Amanda O'Toole On:29th September 2016
Categories:Holiday Ideas,Things to Do

With the beautiful seaside town of St Ives on your doorstep, why not leave your car at your home from home for the day, or even the week? With a plethora of activities and pursuits within easy reach, you can do your bit for the environment and for your back pocket.

Here are five of our top tips for things to do in and around St Ives:

Family Fun

Pack up a picnic or order a scrumptious hamper from The Allotment Deli in St Ives and head down to the beach. Take inspiration from what you can find on our stunning Cornish beaches and have a sand sculpture competition, loser buys the ice creams!

Explorers

Take the 300 ‘Cornwall Explorer’ open top, double decker bus around the West Cornwall peninsula. Jumping on and off as much as you like, visiting Lands End, Sennen, Porthcurno and many other quaint Cornish villages. You will get the chance to peep over hedgerows and view this spectacular corner of Cornwall like never before.

Art Lovers

It’s impossible to come to St Ives without taking in some of its famous art. Why not follow the art trail around the town, including the Tate St Ives, Barbara Hepworth Museum and Leach Pottery. There is also a great array of free galleries to pop in and out of, and if all this art has inspired you, how about joining one of the art classes run by the St Ives Art Club?

Adventurers

The great rock pool safari!  Pack your bucket, net and swimming cossie and jump on the train to Penzance.  Walk around the harbour stopping off at Bag O Rags, a pirate ship moored in the Harbour.  A minute’s walk away is Battery Rocks, at low tide there is some fantastic rock pooling to be had. Check out our wildlife section on our website to see what species to lookout for. During the summer months the saltwater filled Jubilee swimming pool is open, located next to the rocks, with a very popular café which offers luscious lunches.

Adrenalin Junkies

St Ives is home to the popular surf beach: Porthmeor.  This amazing stretch of golden sand offers a surf school, cafe and restaurant, and throughout the summer season is supervised by RNLI Lifeguards.  Zip up your wet-suit and head into the surf, then round off the day by watching the unbelievable red sunset with a glass of wine and beach barbecue.

St Ives and Carbis Bay offer a wide range of holiday cottages in West Cornwall, ideal for a car free holiday.  First Great Western offering frequent trains directly into nearby St Erth and often to Carbis Bay and St Ives itself. 

By: Amanda O'Toole On:17th June 2016
Categories:Local Area,Things to Do

Toddler friendly Days Out

10th February 2016

Holidays in Cornwall aren’t all about extreme water sports, hikes along the South West Coast Path and days lolling on the beach. There are plenty of attractions that babies and toddlers will love, and where parents of young children can relax, explore and have fun too. Here are some of our favourite toddler friendly days out:

Eden Project, Bodmin

Where else can toddlers step into a rainforest, explore the Med and get up-close to nature with weather-proof, child-friendly facilities at hand? Exploring our natural environment, children can step inside jungle huts, take a walk in the rainforest canopies, enjoy story-time in the iconic biomes and ride a tractor-train up through the gardens. As well as themed events throughout the year, during winter Eden hosts toddler ice-play sessions on the ice rink.

Explore the subtropical biomes at The Eden Project. A superb attraction for all the family. https://carbisbayholidays.co.uk

The Eden Project

National Maritime Museum, Falmouth

Boats, helicopters, pirates and sea life… experience maritime adventures with your feet firmly on dry land. At the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, kids can take the helm of a model sailing boat, checkout the underwater gallery and climb aboard a rescue helicopter. With interactive exhibitions designed especially for younger children, family trails and half-term art and craft workshops, it’s no wonder that this was the winner of the Telegraph Family Friendly Museum award 2014.

The National Maritime Museum in Falmouth is great for toddler friendly days out in Cornwall. Look out for their fun half term and holiday activities for kids. https://carbisbayholidays.co.uk

National Maritime Museum, Falmouth

St Ives beaches

The pearly beaches hemming St Ives are a haven for children wielding buckets, spades and bodyboards. Treat tots to a ride on the coastal train from St Erth, and footsteps from the station you can dip your toes in the Caribbean-blue waters lapping Porthminster beach. Head into town and tuck into Moomaid ice cream (made from local cows) while you watch the boats on harbour beach, build sandcastles and spot dolphins from The Island’s Porthgwidden, and splash in the waves with the surfers on Porthmeor.

Splashing in the waves on Porthmeor beach, St Ives. https://carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Becoming a surfer on Porthmeor Beach, St Ives

Paradise Park, Hayle

With plenty of animals to gawp at, from flamingos and red pandas to parrots and giant rabbits, Paradise Park really is paradise for young children. Join in with penguin feeding time, pet the farm animals, hop onboard the mini train and watch free-flying bird shows. Wildlife takes centre stage, but there are also plenty of park areas and the indoor Jungle Barn with slides and soft play for rainy days.

Wildlife takes centre stage at Paradise Park in Hayle. Children will love to get up close to penguins, flamingoes and birds of prey. They can also burn off some energy in the soft play located on site. https://carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Paradise Park, Hayle

Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay

Peering into the underwater kingdoms on display at Newquay’s Blue Reef Aquarium, children will feel as if they’ve just dived into the Finding Nemo film set. Come face to face with all sorts of sea life from clown fish and sea cucumbers, to spider crabs and a giant octopus. The highlight is the underwater tunnel, where children will be mesmerised by close encounters with stingrays, reef sharks, turtles and tropical fish.

Families will enjoy this perspective of the underwater world at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay. An ideal destination for toddler friendly days out in Cornwall. https://carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay

Glendurgan Garden, Mawnan Smith

Get dizzy on the Giant’s Stride swing, find the heart of the cherry laurel maze, wend through the bamboo jungle and take shelter under giant Gunnera plants. Glendurgan is the perfect setting for a day out in the garden with toddlers: tumble through sub-tropical gardens, picnic on the beach, skim stones in the Helford River and scoff ice cream in the family-friendly café.

Toddlers will love Glendurgan Gardens. There is so much to do from swinging the giant's stride, to exploring the laurel maze and skimming stones in the Helford River. https://carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Swinging at Glendurgan Gardens!

Enjoy all of these toddler friendly days out in Cornwall while you’re staying in one of Carbis Bay Holidays’ cottages in and around St Ives. Our family friendly cottages are ideal for babies and young children, and we provide all sorts of equipment from travel cots and toys to highchairs and toddler steps.

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By: Amanda O'Toole On:10th February 2016
Categories:Family Friendly,Local Area,Things to Do

Arty Activities in St Ives

2nd February 2016

Once a fishing village turned artists’ colony, St Ives is home to a plethora of art galleries including the eminent Tate St Ives. As well as witnessing world-class art and coming face-to-face with local artists, why not get in touch with your creative side trying these arty activities in St Ives?

For the Family

Hepworth Family Activity Trail & Sculpture Quest

Enter the magical environment of Hepworth’s Sculpture Garden on a fun family activity trail that encourages you to draw while you explore (sketch book and art materials included). There is also a treasure hunt game and sculpture quest, to engage adventurous families on an interactive tour around the studio, museum and garden of one of St Ives’ most famous artists.

Toddle Tate & Gallery Quest

Proof that art appreciation isn’t just for adults, Toddle Tate sessions encourage under 5’s to explore art through messy play, song, dance and stories. These free sessions are held on Wednesday mornings throughout term time; booking is recommended. During the holidays the Tate St Ives also runs a gallery quest, inviting families to enjoy a hands-on exploration of art by following clues through the exhibitions.

Kids’ Chocolate Workshops

Kids can get stuck into their favourite food during a chocolate-making workshop at the Cornish chocolatier ‘I Should Coco’. Learn the skills of an artisan chocolate maker, create your own chocolate designs and decorations, and take your delicious chocolate goodies home to share with friends and family. Courses are held on various dates throughout school holidays. £15 per child.

Learn to be a Chocolatier during the holidays! Children can enjoy an I Should Coco workshop in St Ives and take home their very own creations. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Learn to be a Chocolatier with I Should Coco

Clay Days at Leach Pottery

Design and create your own clay models at a hands-on, messy clay session at the Leach Pottery. Held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the holidays for kids aged 6-12, the one-hour workshops cost £6 per child (parents free).

For Adults

Barnoon Workshop

Get back to the basics of art with guided exercises in drawing, try a sketching and sculpting workshop, or create unique mosaics using beach treasure. There are all sorts of inspiring workshops and arty sessions held at the seafront Barnoon Workshop – you can even learn to make felt flowers, try knitting, cast resin charms and hand-make paper using recycled materials. Prices and times vary.

Enjoy using textiles at Barnoon Workshop, St Ives and take your own masterpiece home with you as a memory of your stay. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Work with textiles and other media at Barnoon Workshop

St Ives School of Painting

Ever wanted to commit the wild coastal landscape of St Ives to canvas? Under the tutelage of artist Gary Long you can learn to capture the drama of where the land meets the sea, using water-based media to express the energy and movement of the sea. Other courses with the experts at the St Ives School of Painting include a ‘Stroll and Sketch’ around St Ives, landscape painting, an introduction to oils, and printmaking.

There are a wealth of arty activities in St Ives. Why not choose to be a painter for the day with St Ives School of Painting? Take a tour with them and create some superb memories of your stay.

Landscape painting on the Cornish Coast with St Ives School of Painting

Back Road Trail

A great way to explore the warren of cobbled streets, the Back Road Trail takes you to the best of the local art and crafts galleries – many of which are off the beaten tourist trail. Come face-to-face with local artists and witness a mix of modern and traditional arts, pottery and even a chocolate workshop. Maps and information are available from the Visit St Ives Information Centre.

 

Delve into the arty vibe of St Ives from one of Carbis Bays Holidays’ stylish self-catering cottages. Hepworth and Pelagos which are both part of Barbara Hepworth’s former home.   Porth Glas, Prospect, Whistler and Wallis are a few more luxury properties footsteps from the town’s galleries.

By: Amanda O'Toole On:2nd February 2016
Categories:Local Area,Things to Do

West Cornwall’s Dog Friendly Beaches…

With a wealth of world-class coastline, it’s no wonder why West Cornwall boasts beach living at its best. What’s more, with an eclectic mix of dog friendly beaches ideal for walks and days out, exploring the area’s stunning shorelines is an activity available to everyone.

Seasonal bans are imposed on many of the larger beaches, but there’s still an array that permit dogs all year round. In the St Ives Bay area, the stretch of sands south of Gwithian Towans to the Black Cliffs along the Hayle Riviera welcomes dogs across three miles of open golden sands.

Three unspoilt beaches: Peter’s Point, Upton Towans and Mexico Towans linked by the coastal path across windswept sand dunes ensure oodles of space amidst beautifully sublime surrounds presiding over the renowned Godrevy Lighthouse.

Across the river, and Porthkidney Beach is nestled between Hayle estuary and Hawke’s Point, just a brief coastal walk or drive from Carbis Bay. Offering a wide expanse of north-facing sands, it’s easy to see how artist John Miller found his muse amongst such soul-stirring seascapes.

Beyond ‘secret’ Bamaluz Beach (that only reveals itself at low tide) between St Ives Harbour and Porthgwidden Beach, holidayers can head further west for more dog friendly beaches.

Past wild moorlands and craggy clifflines, Portheras Cove provides a wonderfully secluded spot between Morvah and Pendeen, while Priest’s Cove at Cape Cornwall presents a picturesque, end-of-the-world locale, perfect for a picnic or barbecue flanked by spellbinding sunsets.

Similarly striking, Gwenver Beach near Land’s End offers not just a surfer’s paradise, but dog owners’ dream. Not the most accessible beach, Sennen Cove’s concealed neighbour is well worth the cliff-hugging walk down, providing the type of tranquil, rugged charm usually reserved for exclusive island escapes.

Along the western Atlantic edge at Lands End, you’ll discover a captivating collection of exotic-looking coves, including the crystalline waters of Nanjizel and the wildly romantic Pedn Vounder at Porthcurno just past the legendary Minack Theatre (though be advised by locals and Lifeguards on the best access routes for this tidal beach).

Venturing westward toward Penzance, and Roskilly Beach comprises a scenic rocky outcrop under the cliff road between Mousehole and Newlyn – itself home to the pebbly and dog friendly environs of Wherrytown Beach by Newlyn Art Gallery.

The softly curving Mounts Bay sweeps from Newlyn past Marazion, housing the iconic St Michael’s Mount along with the dog welcoming Penzance Promenade beaches (tide-pending) and sandy shallows of Long Rock Beach.

Further eastward, a world of wave-lashed coves, exposed headlands and meandering pathways greet guests to Prussia Cove, where the gorgeously jagged landscape offers everything from sheltered shores to fields of wildflowers.

The West Cornwall coastline continues east toward Porthleven, where Loe Bar Beach – complete with Cornwall’s largest natural fresh water lake – permits dogs to freely roam.

The county’s most southerly and uber pretty point is The Lizard peninsula, which provides a selection of dog friendly locations including the magnificent Mullion Cove, Polpoer Cove and Pentreath.

Carbis Bay Holidays offer a fantastic collection of luxury dog friendly properties within the St Ives area of West Cornwall. Many of our dog friendly properties feature enclosed gardens and nearby beaches and dogs stay for free throughout the year. View our dog friendly home from homes to find the perfect coastal retreat.

By: Amanda O'Toole On:2nd February 2016
Categories:Dog Friendly,Local Area

With miles upon miles of Atlantic-lashed shores and a plethora of paradise coves, it’s little wonder that Cornwall’s glorious beaches lure the holiday crowds. Yet with more than 250 miles of coastline to explore, there are plenty of lesser-known beaches where you can escape the bucket-and-spade brigades and bag your own patch of pearly sands. These are some of our favourite secret beaches and coves in Cornwall:

Porthkidney Sands, nr St Ives

Flanked by Carbis Bay to the west and Hayle Towans to the east, the less accessible Porthkidney Sands remains crowd-free even in the height of summer. Boasting a mile of empty, dune-backed sands (that’s actually quite easy to reach from Lelant), it’s often the domain of just a handful of surfers and smug dog walkers. Dubbed ‘Happy Dog Beach’ by the locals, it’s just two miles along the South West Coast Path from the hub of St Ives.

Chapel Porth, nr Porthtowan

It’s no surprise that surfers and families flock to Porthtowan, what with its smile of sand pummelled by Atlantic breakers and the convenience of beachside parking, cafés and surf shops. However, you don’t have to forego beachside parking to enjoy its wilder, more remote neighbour, Chapel Porth, with its sugary sands, sea caves and staggering cliffs atop which dramatic engine houses peer out to sea.

Porth Chapel Beach

Durgan, Mawnan Smith

Part of the magic of this shingle and sand beach on the banks of the Helford is getting to it through Glendurgan Garden. Once you’ve bashed through bamboo groves, got lost in the cherry laurel maze and been dwarfed by giant Gunnera plants, it’s hard to believe your eyes when you eventually emerge on the shores of a charming beach that’s perfect for skimming stones and building sandcastles.

Pedn Vounder, nr Porthcurno

With white sands and iridescent-blue seas backed by towering cliffs and the famous Logan Rock, this paradise cove has many reasons for keeping the crowds at bay: Firstly it’s a low-tide beach and, except on a spring tide when you can walk from neighbouring Porthcurno, it’s accessible only via knee-wobbling cliff path. And secondly it’s, unofficially, a naturist beach.

Gwenver, nr Sennen

Stroll east along the beach from Sennen Cove and eventually you’ll set foot on the more rugged, more secluded Gwenver, where serious beach lovers sprawl on sugar-white sands, scramble over wave-hewn boulders and dip in unforgiving waves. Fortunately, unless you’ve strayed from Sennen on a low tide, the steep cliff staircase is a good deterrent for anyone not utterly serious about beach life.

Duckpool, nr Bude

At the foot on the Coombe Valley – north of Bude’s busier beaches – awaits a wilder, more desolate coastline where Jurassic-looking ridges yawn towards the border of Devon. And it is here that you will discover the rugged little treasure of Duckpool, where vast cliffs collapse into a sand and boulder beach and there are no tourist trappings except for an ice cream van on the sunniest days.

Vault Beach, Gorran Haven

A good ten-minute stroll from any parking and with no beachside amenities to spoil its beauty, Vault Beach attracts naturists and sea swimmers looking for some peace and quiet. Sheltered by Dodman Point on Cornwall’s south coast, here the fine shingle shelves into piercing blue waters that are usually calm and hospitable to all levels of swimmers.

Trebarwith Strand, nr Port Isaac

Beyond Polzeath, North Cornwall isn’t renowned for its beaches ¬– instead a wild and rugged coastline prevails until you reach Bude. However, the few sandy coves hiding amongst staggering cliffs along this section of coast are some of Cornwall’s wildest. And Trebarwith Strand is one of these gems – a domain of caves, rock pools and sand made for barefoot explorations with crabbing nets and buckets

Perranuthnoe, nr Marazion

Sandwiched between Praa Sands and Marazion, the sheltered cove of Perranuthnoe bags all the beauty of its neighbours, without inviting the crowds to enjoy it. From the cliffs you can gaze out to the magical sight of St Michael’s Mount, whilst the beach itself boasts the same excellent swimming and surf conditions as nearby Praa.

Bedruthan Steps, nr Newquay

With its mussel-clad towers of granite rising from the sand, Bedruthan Steps attracts plenty of camera-swinging visitors to snap its beauty from the cliff tops. However, many are deterred from the beach by the 140-odd steps to reach it, so you can enjoy the gob-smacking scenery from crowd-free pearly sands punctuated by rockpools teeming with marine life.

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Discover all of Cornwall’s secret coves when you stay in one of Carbis Bays Holidays’ luxury cottages. We’ve got a huge range of family holiday homes, boutique boltholes and stylish self-catering properties around St Ives and Carbis Bay.

By: Amanda O'Toole On:2nd February 2016
Categories:Holiday Ideas

Fusing fabulous settings with first-rate service and fantastic food, you can find some of the best restaurants in Cornwall.  It is fast becoming something of a dining destination. Harvesting its natural surrounds by fishing and farming the freshest produce while hosting an array of restaurants, pop ups and festivals means that the county’s cuisine is celebrated in supreme, lip-smacking style.

Offering everything from fine dining to family (and dog) friendly, Cornwall is home to some seriously special spots that make dining out a deliciously coveted pastime…

The Porthmeor and Porthminster Beach Cafés, St Ives
St Ives’ surf beach café on Porthmeor serves top taste bud-tickling tapas from Australian chef Cameron Jennings, whose distinctive flavours find mouth-watering form in the likes of crispy fried monkfish and chili pineapple caramel, chorizo meatballs and lemon pepper calamari. The magnificent menu boasts extensive breakfast, lunch and supper options alongside a world wine list and Juice Bar.

Presenting sprawling seascapes from sheltered sands, The Porthminster Beach Café is an award winning seafood restaurant that specialises in Asian and Mediterranean cuisine. The innovative menu caters for breakfast, lunch and dinner (also serving coffees and patisserie), all with a beautiful side of prime, Blue-Flagged beach.

Tolcarne Inn, Newlyn
After a decade of delivering high-end, exclusive fine dining, Ben Tunnicliffe’s desire to share his Michelin starred cuisine and love of good food with West Cornwall heralds a new movement in eating out.

Sourcing fish and seafood from neighbouring Newlyn Harbour, Ben combines the best produce with award-winning flair to create delectable (and affordable) dishes served in a wonderfully inviting and dog-friendly pub setting.

The Tolcarne Inn in Cornwall is one of the best restaurants in Cornwall. https://carbisbayholidays.co.uk

The Tolcarne Inn

Ben’s Cornish Kitchen, Marazion
Head Chef Ben Prior certainly steps up to the plate. Locally sourced fresh ingredients feature on a daily changing menu built on fuss free, flavoursome and unforgettably good food.

Minimalist interiors portray cool coastal style where clean lines and a muted palette perfectly juxtapose the elegant complexity of the dishes, providing a palatable taste sensation.

Gaining a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor in 2013, as well as appearing on The Times’ 30 Best Restaurants By The Sea list, Ben’s Cornish Kitchen is well and deservedly on the map.

Kota Restaurant, Porthleven
Kota (Maori for shellfish) presents Pacific cooking by way of inspired creations from chef virtuoso, Jude Kereama. Its organic fish and meat menu is crammed with formidable flavours such as their Japanese plate of edamame and miso risotto, tempura sweet potato with dipping sauce and buckwheat noodle and seaweed salad.

Located at Porthleven’s historic harbour head near sister café Kota Kai, the restaurant boasts multiple appeal: a wonderfully scenic backdrop, laudable food and sweetly inviting staff and surrounds. Fast gaining wide repute as one of the South West’s best restaurants, it is just one of five throughout Cornwall to be awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand 2014.

Nathan Outlaw
St Enodoc Hotel in Rock is home to the eponymous restaurant from one of Cornwall’s most prominent chefs. Nathan Outlaw’s two Michelin starred a la carte gem presides over Cornwall’s Camel estuary, where the stunning scenery is an apt prelude to the fabulous feast in store.

Expect modern British seafood (and meat dishes) such as Porthilly oysters and fish fresh from the market such as brill on the bone, baked cod and lemon sole locally caught by Cornish fisherman certified by the Responsible Fishing Scheme.

Other dining hotspots in Cornwall can be found at Jamie Oliver’s flagship Fifteen Cornwall at Newquay’s Watergate Bay; Fowey’s fabulous Sam’s on the Beach and The Old Quay House’s Q Restaurant; and Mustard & Rye in Truro, which brings big American flavours from a retro diner-style restaurant complete with Speakeasy bar upstairs.

Carbis Bay Holidays has a wide range of self-catering properties that allow visitors to stay in West Cornwall while exploring its brilliant range of restaurants and culinary events. So whether you’re looking for a foodie’s weekend of frolics or family holiday, you’ll find something spectacular to suit.

By: Amanda O'Toole On:2nd February 2016
Categories:Food and Drink,Holiday Ideas

Cornwall has a fascinating and diverse eco-system, from the tranquil seashore to the rugged moorland heaths. These wonderful habitats make Cornwall a fantastic wildlife haven.  If you love nature, then there is an array of wildlife activities in Cornwall:

Nature Trails

There are several nature trails, all based within a twenty minute drive of St Ives.

  • Baker’s Pit (old china clay works, heathland, wet willow woodland, scrub & grassland), near Nancledra.
  • Tehidy Woods (woodland & lakes), near Portreath.
  • Upton Towans (sand dune & grassland), Hayle.
Tehidy Woods in autumn, a walk through the woods is a great opportunity for wildlife activities in Cornwall. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Tehidy Woods in Autumn

Best Places for Rock Pooling

A good majority of local beaches have good rock pools, but here are our personal favourites.

  • Battery Rocks, Penzance.
  • Godrevy Beach, Hayle.
  • Sennen Beach.
Rockpooling at the beach in Cornwall. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Exploring marine life in Cornish rock pools

Tidal Pools

A great, safe alternative to swimming in the sea. Filled with fresh sea water at high tide and warmed by the sun during the day. The nearest tidal pools can be found at:

  • Cape Cornwall.
  • Chapel Rock, Perranporth.
  • Portreath.

Guided Nature Tours

Marine Discovery offer an exhilarating wildlife watching boat trip from Penzance Harbour, aboard an exciting sailing catamaran. Search for seals, seabirds, dolphins, porpoises, basking sharks and more along the stunning Cornish coastline.

Elemental Tours provide expertly guided, marine wildlife, ocean & coastal cruises on a 12 seater R.I.B. around the spectacular Land’s End and Lizard Peninsulas.

Also there are many small group, safari- style, tours and walks, with local guides where you can explore wildlife, flowers, ancient sites, folklore, mining history and geology, all set in and around the stunning granite cliffs and moorlands of West Penwith.

Where is your favourite place to enjoy wildlife activities in Cornwall?

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By: Amanda O'Toole On:12th January 2016
Categories:Things to Do

Wildlife Charter For Guests

12th February 2015

Our Wildlife Charter outlines what you can do, as a guest, to help us protect our wildlife…

We are continually working to make Carbis Bay Holidays more eco-friendly, but we need your help to promote biodiversity, by protecting eco systems, wildlife and rare plants.

The Wildlife Charter below outlines some recommended tips on how you can help:

  • Please enjoy the variety of plants and wildlife around our area, but do stay on nature trails where they are provided and do not disturb wildlife.
  • Fires can be as devastating to wildlife and habitats.  Please be careful with matches and only use barbecues in designated areas.
    Please help us keep natural habitats clean by using the bins provided or taking your rubbish away and recycling at the nearest point.
  • Discover the beauty of the natural environment and take special care not to damage, destroy or remove features such as rocks, plants and trees.  They provide homes and food for wildlife, and add to everybody’s enjoyment of the countryside.
  • Everyone enjoys rock pooling, but if you’re lucky enough to catch something in your bucket please make sure you put it back in the same rock pool!
Father and son rockpooling. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Always replace creatures back into the same rockpool.

  • A farmer will normally leave a gate closed to keep livestock in, but may sometimes leave it open so they can reach food and water.  Leave gates as you find them or follow instructions on signs.
  • In fields where crops are growing, follow the paths wherever possible.
  • Use gates, stiles or gaps in field boundaries when provided – climbing over walls, hedges and fences can damage wildlife habitats as well as increase the risk of farm animals escaping.
  • By law, you must control your dog so that it does not disturb or scare farm animals or wildlife.  Everyone knows how unpleasant dog mess is and it can cause infections – so always clean up after your dog and get rid of the mess responsibly.
  • Ensure you follow The Countryside Code.
A dog enjoying a walk in the woods. The Wildlife Charter asks that you keep control of your dog while you explore the delights of Cornwall. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

The Wildlife Charter asks that you keep control of your dog.

Thank you and happy exploring!

By: Amanda O'Toole On:12th February 2015
Categories:Holiday Ideas

Wildlife Species Cornwall

12th January 2015

There is a fantastic array of wildlife species to look out for whilst staying in Cornwall.  Many are available to spot year round, though others are limited to specific seasons.   If you wish to explore Cornwall’s wildlife species by rock pooling, bird watching, or a guided nature tour, we have put together a wildlife species list here for you to tick them off.

Here are some of our favourite marine life that can be spotted around St Ives and Carbis Bay:

The Grey Seal

Grey seals pop up almost everywhere year round so keep your eyes peeled.  You can often see them bobbing in the waves with you in Carbis Bay, or saying hello in the Harbour of St Ives as they wait for the fishermen to haul in their catch.  For a guaranteed spot and more close up sighting, you may wish to visit the Cornish Seal Sanctuary in nearby Gweek, which is the UK National Rescue Centre for Seals.

A friendly Seal bobbing in St Ives Harbour. Look out for this local wildlife species from the Harbour Wall. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Friendly Grey Seal in St Ives Harbour

Bottlenose Dolphin

The Bottlenose Dolphin can often be found in pods around the Cornish coast.  They particularly enjoy surfing and keeping people company as they undertake different water activities off our beaches.

Bottlenose Dolphins can be spotted frequently off the coast of Cornwall. They sometimes love to surf too! www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

A pod of surfing dolphins on the Cornish coast

Have you spotted any marine wildlife during your holiday in Cornwall?  Do share with us.

By: Amanda O'Toole On:12th January 2015
Categories:Local Area
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