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

Being one of the UK’s favourite holiday resorts, it’s little surprise that there’s plenty for energetic families to do in St Ives. Immerse yourself in nature and get your heart racing on all levels of these active family adventures:

Explore the Bay by Hawaiian Canoe or SUP

Born from a passion for watersports, the Ocean Sports Centre encourages all ages and abilities to cast off from Carbis Bay and explore beyond the beach. Families can join in the latest global craze of stand-up paddle boarding on the (usually) calm waters, hire sit-on-top kayaks, or learn the ropes on a fleet of Topper dinghies. However, the most unique vessel for a coastal explorer tour is a four – or six-seater Hawaiian canoe, with underwater viewers that bring you face-to-face with marine life.

A colourful line up of kayaks offered for hire on Carbis Bay beach by Ocean Sports. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Try kayaking with Ocean Sports, Carbis Bay

Surf Porthmeor Beach

Is it possible to come to Cornwall and not dabble in the county’s most popular watersport? Sandy-bottomed and safe for beginners, St Ives’ Porthmeor is the ideal location to try surfing. Catering for family groups and all levels of wave riders, the St Ives Surf Centre will get you on your feet and gliding towards the shore in no time. Or, if you can’t bear the thought of squeezing into a wetsuit and battling the Atlantic swell, simply rent a deckchair and watch the rest of the family have a go.

At St Ives Surf Centre, you can hire boards, wet suits, deck chairs and wind breaks for your day out on Porthmeor Beach. Perfect for your active family adventures in St Ives. when staying with www.carbisbayholiday.co.uk

St Ives Surf Centre

Walk and Ride from St Ives to Carbis Bay

In the days when I didn’t have two young children in tow, my favourite walk from St Ives was the 6 miles to Zennor – along gorse-topped cliffs and boulder-strewn moorland flanked by the Atlantic. However, while that’s out of our league, I prefer the much easier mile-long walk to Carbis Bay. Not only is there is very little ascent and descent to tackle, but as well as the spectacular scenery you’ve got sandy beaches at each end of the walk, both equipped with family-friendly facilities such as lifeguards, cafés and toilets. And once you reach Carbis Bay, you can hop on the train back to St Ives.

Scenic Train Link from Carbis Bay to St Ives, a must for guests of www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

The scenic train line between Carbis Bay and St Ives

Brace Yourself for a Multi-Activity Day

Experience a range of activities on land and sea, on a great value, multi-activity, family day out with JB Adventures. Your instructor will scoop you up from St Ives and take you on a whirlwind of activities from kite buggying and fishing, to coasteering and horse riding. Tailor-make your itinerary from an assortment of activities – participants as young as 6 years old can try giant bubble making, kite making and tandem kite-buggying.

Experience an active family adventure by horse riding on the beach in St Ives, Cornwall. A magical memory of your stay with www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Horse riding on the beach

Catch Your Own Mackerel for Tea

Hop aboard for a family-friendly fishing trip and learn how to catch mackerel using traditional hand-lines. Or, if you prefer your seafood plated up at one of St Ives’ harbour-side restaurants, ditch the fishing trip for an exciting boat ride out with St Ives Boats to Seal Island, Godrevy Lighthouse or Hell’s Mouth. You never know what you might encounter out to sea – from pods of dolphins to seals, basking sharks and sunfish.

Take a boat ride on the Dolly P with St Ives Boats during your stay with www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Take a trip out on the Dolly P to Seal Island

Whatever level of adventure you’re after, Carbis Bay Holidays offers a wide selection of luxury family accommodation in and around St Ives. Whether you want to fling open the doors to a world-class surfing beach or retreat with countryside views, we’ve got the perfect self-catering cottage from where to enjoy your active family adventures.

Take a look at our family friendly eateries and our article on a family day out in St Ives for more inspiration for your holiday.

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Categories:Family Friendly,Local Area,Things to Do
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