Great Walking Routes Near Carbis Bay
As well as the incredible beaches, world class restaurants and culture, Carbis Bay, St Ives and the wider Cornwall area offer many other hidden gems and joys which are waiting to be discovered. For many people the best way to find these treasures is by simply taking a stroll along the Southwest Coast path or stomping across the moors, there’s nothing quite like turning a corner and standing in awe at the wonderful vista before you or finding a picnic spot on deserted cliff and making it yours for the afternoon.
At Carbis Bay Holidays, we’ve helped countless guests go on walking adventures they’ll never forget, and in this guide we’re hope to share with you some of our very favourite low impact walking routes designed for all to enjoy.
St Ives to Carbis Bay circular – 4.2 miles
St Ives and Carbis Bay are where you’ll find the majority of our self-catered holiday homes, and there’s a good reason for that – they’re home to some of Cornwall’s very best attractions, destinations and walks. So, it makes sense that we’d start our rundown of brilliant walks with the one between St Ives and Carbis Bay.
Travelling from St Ives, the route begins at Trenwith car park before ascending through the Steeple Woods nature serve to the iconic “Steeple” monument overlooking the stunning St Ives Bay. The route then descends from Trelyon Downs and follows the Carbis Valley to the glorious sands of the beach, where you’ll be able to spot shipwrecks at low tide.
The walk then returns to St Ives along the coastal path from Carbis Bay to Porthminster Beach and further onwards towards St Ives. In total, it’s 4.2 miles and is graded by iWalk Cornwall as “Moderate”.
Carbis Bay to Porthkidney Sands circular – 3.1 miles
If you’re staying in Carbis Bay and you’ve got a taste for the beach, there are few more lovely short walks you can enjoy (especially if you’ve got a dog) than the Carbis Bay to Porthkidney circular.
Clocking in at just 3.1 miles. You enjoy a short walk either side of the railway line high above St Ives Bay, through an area noted for its rare flowers and migratory birds, with plenty of opportunities to get some stunning pictures.
The route returns along the historic pilgrim route, St Michael’s Way. Kids will love the beach and the burrows, along with the fascinating obelisk which still stands from the eighteenth century, when the mayor of St Ives set up his own eccentric traditions. It’s worth noting that Portkidney beach is dog friendly, too.
Lelant Saltings to Carbis Bay circular – 4.8 miles
A slightly longer walk, but one taking in the lovely coastal village of Lelant, the Lelant Salts to Carbis Bay circular walk follows St Michael’s Way from Lelant, past St Uny’s Church to the dunes. At low tide, you can walk across the Porthkidney sands to reach Carrack Gladden.
The route then continues along St Michael’s Way to Carbis Bay, before crossing the railway and following the footpath parallel to the tracks to the West Cornwall Golf Course, before a series of small lanes and footpaths complete your trip.
On a sunny day, you’ll love Lelant Church’s grounds with its beautiful wildflowers, along with the panoramic views of St Ives Bay.