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Albany Terrace, St Ives, TR26 2BS, United Kingdom
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Looking into Carbis Bay - walk along those cliffs.Looking into Carbis Bay - walk along those cliffs.

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Travel Tips for Saint Ives

Beach cricket

by Sjalen

Do like the English - buy yourself a cheap beach cricket set in any of the souvenir shops in the town centre or on the beaches. Then hit your favourite beach - even the harbour at low tide like the guys in this picture. If you pay for my trip I'll be your umpire. :)


by Sjalen

There are a number of walking trips to be done from St Ives, all depending on how far you want to go, and you can buy booklets in most bookshops as well as the tourist office and other places to guide you. The South West Coast Path which runs along the coast of England comes through St Ives so either side of town connects to it. One side (leading you along the northern coast of Cornwall if you would keep on walking) means that you set off from Porthminster Beach by the railway station and walk the 4 kilometres or so through Carbis Bay and perhaps onto Hayle in the inner part of the bay just before St Ives. You walk on the seaside of the railway which also runs on these leafy cliffs, and all the time you have a spectacular view of Hayle sands and of Godrevy Lighthouse.

On the other side of town, you start from the Tate Gallery/Porthmeor Beach area and walk past Clodgy Point up the hills where St Ives had its own mining once, and again with spectacular views of the Atlantic as you walk. Here you can go for a round trip of a few kilometres which takes you back into the town centre, or you can continue on the Coast Path to Zennor (see tip) and beyond if you have the energy. St Ives to Zennor is around 6 kilometres by road (but feels longer thanks to the serpentine style roads in the spectacular landscape) but with the ups and downs of hills and paths, the actual walk is more than 10 kilometres. Summertime, buses directly to and from St Ives stop in Zennor and other villages in this area if you want to walk one way and return by bus - just make sure you check timetables. Walking from Zennor to St Ives is the more downhill alternative... I already assume you wear sensible shoes if you intend to walk, but on the Porthmeor path it is perhaps particularly important due to holes and things left from the mining heydays so even if the paths are looked after it can be rough terrain since it is also a bit boggy, and especially if you walk in spring or after heavy rains. One of those booklets or even a proper Ordnance Survey map could also be useful for this one since you might want to know what you have in front of you from the mining days and why you have to make a detour in places. Even if the major path is signposted by the National Trust, it is easy to take the wrong turn and end up on other paths here and there on this one, and if the fog should strike, you will have other things than overgrown National Trust-signs to look out for.
Water is a must since there is no service for a good while on either walk (but a good pub in Zennor). Binoculars is something you might regret not bringing, since not only birds but also seals and dolphins can be spotted on either walk if you are lucky.

Famous harbour pub

by Sjalen about The Sloop

The Sloop is probably the most famous pub in St Ives and features in numerous novels and other books about the town. It is said to be one of Cornwall's oldest pubs and I can believe that looking at the building with its stone flagged floor and wooden beams. If you approach it from the main entrance in the harbour, you see a first small bar with benches along the walls which is where local artists and fishermen often gather (how they can stand the tourists taking their seats in high season God only knows...). Further in you find a lounge and a cellar bar which are more appropriate if you want a meal. Summertime you can sit in the harbour yard and enjoy some of the best views in St Ives - if you are lucky enough to get a seat which in fact can be tricky enough inside by then! Lunch is 12-15 and dinner 17-22 and you can in fact also book one of the B&B rooms here if you fancy staying. Food is grill, pasta and some local dishes and because you're in the harbour, they are open for breakfast too which is unusual for pubs. The fact is that we never stayed long since we never got any seats and moreover, the beer here was not our favourite local from St Austell so we tended to end up in the less spectacular pubs serving that. It is a veeeeery cozy place though.

Goonhilly earth Station

by carlrea

You will either love or hate this place (my friend hated it incidentally) as i am interested in telecommunications and all things related i simply loved this place. it is situated near Helston on the beautiful Lizard Peninsula and it reminds you of something out of science fiction but th etruth of teh matter it is a little more down to Earth. Goonhilly is the largest satellite earth station in the world.
With the ability to transmit to every corner of the globe via space, and through undersea fibre optic cables, Goonhilly simultaneously handles millions of international phone calls, emails, and TV broadcasts. There is tons to do and you can go on a guided tour which helps as they tend to make things a little clearer and help you understand a little more what goes on at Goonhilly. The largest dish 'Merlin' has a diameter of 32 metres and was responsible for carrying the 'Live Aid' concert to over 2 billion people in over 100 countries

Seal Island and other boat trips

by Sjalen

St Ives Pleasure Boat Association can take you on various boat trips around the coast wheather permitting. With the old lifeboat James Stevens you can go on an hour long guided tour, whilst they also offer fishing trips and longer trips to Godrevy Lighthouse (of Virginia Wolf fame) and Seal Island where apart from Atlantic grey seals you might also be lucky enough to spot dolphines along the way if the conditions are right (read: warm enough). Due to the tidal water differences in the harbour, you often have to walk out onto the sands to board the various boats if it is in the middle of the day, or walk down the narrow stairs from the pier at times so wear sensible shoes.
Boat trips are announced on boards along the harbour front for specific details and bookings.


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Address: Albany Terrace, St Ives, TR26 2BS, United Kingdom