Walking in St Ives and Beyond

There’s no better way to explore Cornwall’s coast than by foot, here’s our guide to the best walks in Cornwall

Surrounded by both the Atlantic Ocean and the English Channel, Cornwall has over 250 miles of beautiful coastal paths to explore. A brisk but breath-taking walk followed by a pub lunch is one of our guests favourite ways to enjoy a day during their stay at our luxury self-catering accommodation. So here’s a rundown of some of the most popular in St Ives and beyond:


St. Ives to Zennor

Be warned that the St Ives to Zennor coastal walk is no easy feat. It’s six miles long, taking approximately four hours and requires a little bit of clambering. Sensible footwear is a must! If you’re up for the challenge you will reap the rewards. The coastline is breathtaking and the half way point at Seal Island makes a picturesque break.


Once you arrive at Zennor why not stop off at The Tinner’s Arms for a much-needed refuel? Lunch is served from 12–3pm and they offer a great Sunday roast. On a warm day you can sit out on the terrace to enjoy the views, and on a cold windswept day you can cosy up by the log fire.


Porthminster to Carbis Bay and Lelant

For those wanting less of a challenge the walk from St Ives to Carbis Bay and Lelant is much shorter, taking around two hours. You have the option of stopping at Carbis Bay and getting the train back into St Ives or you can carry on to Lelant. This flexibility makes it great for all fitness levels.


There’s a lot to take in on the walk to Lelant with the spectacular views of the Estuary and Godrevy ahead as well as the chance to see St Uny Church and its atmospheric graveyards. If you go all the way to Lelant why not incorporate lunch at Scarlett Wine’s Café?


Porthcurno to Porthchapel

Even shorter still is the walk from the spectacular Porthcurno beach to very underrated Porthchapel, a beach that is a far less well known than Porthcurno, and much quieter. Perfect if you want to explore something a little off the beaten track, and if you’re lucky you might spot a basking shark or two!


Marazion to St Michael’s Mount           

As the tide goes out in Marazion it reveals a winding stone causeway leading up to the castle on St Michael’s Mount. It’s a short walk, but definitely worth a trip but don’t forget to check the tide times before you go. Don’t worry if you stay on the island too long, there’s a boat to ferry you back to the mainland.


Comfy clothes and sturdy shoes are vital for Cornish coastal paths. If you need help making your five-star self-catering holiday special please don’t hesitate to ask. We’re here to help!