Cornish Adventures: St. Ives to Lands End

Having never been further south or west than Devon we planned a week exploring Cornwall; probably the quaintest part of Britain (apart from the Cotswolds). 

We AirBnB’d a cosy, but practical, one bed flat in St. Ives harbour with sea views, right in the middle of it all and prayed for good weather. Beneath us was Porthgwidden beach which was full of kids having some splashy fun. 

St. Ives is a gorgeous town with the harbour the centre. It’s flanked by the two beaches of Portminster and Porthmeor with a jutting headland – The Island – providing views of it all.

Cobbled streets take you from fudge shop, to beachware and the famous Cornish pasty shops – Roly’s fudge, St Ives bakery and Pengenna pasties were highlights. 

The SW Coastal Path is prevalent throughout the area and Porthmeor has a long walk along to Zennor where the incredible Moo Maid ice cream is based. The first part is pushchair friendly with views back across town and out to the Atlantic, after that it’s a hike.

The Tate Modern looks out over the beach which is a good option for rainy days, but the highlight here is the Porthmeor Cafe which does amazing breakfasts, cocktails and tapas. They were great with kids and made us feel so welcome. 

Porthminster beach is more sheltered from the elements and boasts the amazing Porthminster Beach Cafe. With balcony views over the beach Katie deemed her halibut dish the best meal she’s had in the UK. There’s even a crazy golf course there!

Further up the coastal path you can head round to Carbis Bay and Lelant and we took on the challenge on a sunny day. The views are absolutely stunning with Costa Rican-clear water. 

We stopped for a rose-respite at the Carbis Bay Hotel before embarking on our ~2 hour trek along to Lelant via Porth Kidney Sands. Charlotte was a trooper in the ergo and some of the footing can be muddy if it’s rained. What views!  

From Lelant you can take the train home and see the coastal views in reverse. 

A lot of the restaurants open early for kid-friendly reservations and there are quite a few waterfront bars that ramp up later on. Our favourite picks were Hub’s impressive burgers, the Seafood Cafe’s catch of the day and Pedn Olva’s drinks with a view. The St. Ives Brewery is also worth a visit where you can try their craft beers whilst enjoying the views and eating scrumptious sandwiches.

Later in the week we set off to explore further down the coast, towards Lands End, and up to Godrevy point and lighthouse. After navigating some local traffic our first stop was at the old tin mine overlooking Cape Cornwall. It was a bit of a dreary day so we made it a quick stop, but there’s longer, beautiful, hikes if you have time.

From there we drove down to Sennen, with it’s huge sandy beach, which is a great place to walk to Lands End from. The SW Coastal path takes about half an hour and is easy footing, but not really one for the pushchair.

We ticked the box with the mandatory photo and headed back. It’s a pretty tacky spot and there’s nothing to see there except water. The walk was the highlight. On the way home we stopped for a cheeky ice cream at the quaint little fishing village of Mousehole.

On our last day, we stopped in at Godrevy point which you can see in the distance from St. Ives. There’s a huge sandy beach and some great walks along the coast to the lighthouse. Charlotte loved rolling around in the grass and picking daisies.

Next stop Padstow and Rock. Until then…


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  1. Pingback: Eating & Beaching Cornwall’s Northern Coast | the adventures of m & k

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