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Review: St Ives

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St Ives, Cornwall, United Kingdom

Four days in Cornwall, based in St Ives

  • By SilverTraveller Kirkigirl

    2 reviews

  • October 2016
  • Husband

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I’ve never been to Cornwall so had a wish list of what I wanted to do during our short time there. We were based in St Ives in order to explore the West and South and here’s just a snippet of what we got up to and some info which you may find useful if you’re planning on doing something similar.

Mon – Drove down from Manchester and stopped at cosy ‘Jamaica Inn’ for refreshment on the way. Arrived into St Ives late afternoon so just walked down into town for a mooch round and dinner.

Tue – Botallack Mine (a fabulous ‘Poldark’ location – no charges for entrance currently, even though the National Trust have recently got involved – I’m sure they will follow…); Sennen Cove (beautiful large beach) and Land’s End (park in the Harbour car park at Sennen – much cheaper than the beach car park and you can pick up a trail there for the walk to Land’s End – about 1.5 miles. It’s very touristy when you get there and not my cup of tea but the views are stunning along the way).
Wed – Penzance (park in the railway car park, again it’s much cheaper) and walked to St Michael’s Mount (causeway walk ok – check the tides! – but quite hard going walking on cobbles up to the top of the castle – don’t say I didn’t warn you).

Mousehole (a bit disappointing – had a picture in my mind but it wasn’t as I expected) then to the Minack Theatre which was stunning (we arrived just before it was closing so were virtually the only people there and the views over the sea and to Porthcurro beach were to wonderful).

Thu – Kynance Cove (so beautiful and there’s a great cafe above it for a cream tea), Lizard Point (a spot of seal watching), Cadgwith Cove (tiny, quaint fishing village – far preferable in my opinion to Mousehole).

Fri – Drove home but called in at Padstow on the way back and were glad we did.

Restaurant recommendations in St Ives:
Cellar Bistro: 29-31 Fore St; St Andrew’s Street Bistro: 16 St Andrew’s Street.

Accommodation: Little Leaf Guest House – very nice, fabulous breakfasts (stayed in Room 2 – front of house – great views of St Ives). Nb: No private parking but there’s a public car park a few doors away (we paid for 24hr parking for the 4 days at a cost of £30). Also Nb: 5-10 min walk down into town via steps/slope. It’s pretty steep so a fairly tough walk coming back up.Certainly got my heart beating so I wouldn’t recommend staying here if you’re not fit enough.

All in all a great four days away and the beautiful weather was an added bonus.
Ps. Would also recommend perhaps joining the National trust if you’re not already members (dependent on what you plan to do of course) as we paid out a fair bit in entrance fees and car parking charges.

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  • discerning-traveller
    almost 4 years ago
    I just love St Ives and this part of the world. So many beautiful walks near there.
    You were lucky to find Jamaica Inn cosy. My experience of it has been very touristy. Coach loads often arrive. It's bleak there in winter but, nonetheless, very atmospheric
  • ESW
    almost 4 years ago
    It is years since I last visited Cornwall, so I've enjoyed reading your report. October is a good time to visit as it will be quieter than the summer.

    What is Jamaica Inn like - does it trade on the Daphne du Maurier connection?

    Sennen Cove is so much nicer than Land’s End which is now a very good example of how commercialised tourism can spoil an area. The Lizard Peninsula is so much nicer too.

    Botallack Mine is a stunning setting. We walked there along the coastal path from St Agnes. it was a lovely walk.

    I remember that climb up to St Michael’s Mount. I told daughter, aged about 14 at the time to put her shoulders back and we’d outwalk the other visitors to reach there first... We just managed to scamperback across the causeway with the tide lapping at our feet.

    Happy days!