Know your sunset

Know your sunset

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Why is the sunset red? A question you will hear every time you get lucky enough to be able to sit down and just watch one of nature’s most spectacular shows.

It’s one of those things you feel you ought to know about, you learned about light at school, you saw the light refracting through the prism and saw how it split into a rainbow of colours but just missed the bit which explained why. Now, every time you see a rainbow you just can’t remember why it’s red and orange and pink and blue, purple and violet and… well I can’t actually even remember the song now!

Why is the sunset red?


So how does a sunset work?

As light travels towards us it hits our atmosphere and starts slowing down, as it slows colours get filtered out. Blues go first which is why we mostly see the sky as blue. In the evening as we roll away from the sun, the light rays have to travel further to reach us meaning more colours get filtered out leaving just the oranges and reds… making the sun look red! Similarly, in the morning when the sun rises.

Sun rise over Godreavy

So now we’ve given you all the information you’ll need to dazzle your kids and the other half, you will need somewhere good to watch it. Luckily for you, one of the finest places in the whole world to watch the sunset is West Cornwall. All you need to do is book up with us at and there are any number of places you can walk or drive to, which will give you a spectacular view of the horizon as the sun sets over the Atlantic.

You can head out to the coast for the uninterrupted view, or head inland and up to viewing places like Trencrom. Each view has its own beauty and both are worth the trip. For a really special experience Lands End is well worth the journey, every Tuesday and Thursday Evening from 23rd of July to the 27th of August the sunset is followed by a free firework display.

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Be sure to hashtag your sunset pictures and share them with your less fortunate friends back at home, not living the dream!


Want to be Surfing in 10 minutes?

Want to be Surfing in 10 minutes?

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Firstly I am going to apologise for a slightly misleading title… I am not going to be able to tell you how to actually surf in 10 minutes. I’ve been trying for 30 years and that skill still manages to elude me, despite spending a disproportionate amount of those 30 years in the sea!

What I can tell you is that to be surfing you need to be near the coast, conveniently all the holiday houses are located no more than 10mins from one of the UK’s best surfing locations – there’s your 10mins!

Now the surfing, which I will just say now, is the hardest, yet most rewarding sport you will ever do. There are so many elements that need to come together in the right spot –not least of all you actually being there – to give you that adrenalin filled ride to the beach. A ride so thrilling you will turn round and fight your way back out through walls of white water and incoming thrill seekers, just to do it again…

Paddle out view

The joy of surfing is something which has confounded non-surfing land lubbers for years, and the thing is, you don’t just surf a bit, you live it. It is an all-consuming pastime which will take over your life. Your internet browser quick links will be set to your local webcam and surf forecast.. your weekends will be spent waiting for the tide to turn and the wind to drop. Your evenings will be spent on Youtube watching videos frame by frame learning how to pull the perfect roundhouse cut back. Which you are planning to do next weekend, on your new board, brought on Ebay, which surfdude-five0 described the best board he’s ever owned, amazing for big sweeping roundhouses. He’s reluctantly selling it because he’s having a baby and as we all know that’s the end of his surfing life for the next 5 years!

And how can you do it? Well, make sure your kids are over 5 and you have a very understanding hot-chocolate-in-the-back-of-the-van loving partner, be single or get your partner fired up enough to have a go too!  Then get yourself a lesson and learn the basic’s from a pro. Porthmeor has a resident Surf School who run lessons from March to October – the imaginatively names St Ives Surf School will supply all the kit you could need to get started and will do family lessons, one on ones or you can join a larger group session. The group sessions are usually geared towards beginners and are a really fun way to get started and meet new people.

St Ives Surf School

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St Ives Surf School

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Winning Cornwall

Winning Cornwall

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Well Cornwall’s done it again and while it is no secret to those of us lucky enough to live here, Cornwall has again, been voted as the Best UK Holiday Destination in the British Travel Awards 2014 and that makes it 6 years on the trot!

Having won the award every year since 2009 Cornwall goes from strength to strength. Once again Cornwall shunned competition from the likes of Northumberland, the Lakes and our only neighbour, Devon to take the top spot as the visitor destination of choice.

“The love for Cornwall shows no sign of abating. As well as boasting a very loyal and passionate visitor base, Cornwall is well-known for turning first-time visitors into lifelong fans. Holding the title for six years is real cause for celebration for everyone involved in the industry, it represents value in our product and strength in the Cornwall brand,” enthuses Malcolm Bell, Head of Visit Cornwall, who was at the award ceremony in London (on 26 November) to collect the trophy on behalf of Cornwall.

The British Travel Awards is the largest such programme in the UK. Created to award the best companies and destinations in the UK Travel industry – with over 1 million votes cast by over 100,000 industry experts and the public. Cornwall managed to cement its number one position by winning several othercatogries too.

Eden Project - Winner of Best UK Leisure Attraction

The Eden Project triumphed by retaining its gold title in the Best UK Leisure Attraction category for the fourth year running and the National Maritime Museum Cornwall picked up silver for the Best UK Heritage Attraction for a second year. Bude added further to Cornwall’s success by taking bronze for Best UK Coastal Resort.

For more information on these awards, visit

I guess the only question that remains is; where do the Cornish go on holiday?

Harbour Views

Harbour Views

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Having been voted as one of the best views in the country and being right here on our door step I thought it would be a nice idea to take a little time and have a look a one of the things that makes St Ives special.

St Ives Bay, viewed across the Harbour and looking towards Gwithian is truly a stunning view. Instagram is awash with photo’s taken by holiday makers and locals alike. Just take a  look at #harbourstives #stivesharbour #stives – I’ve lived here for most of my life and still on my way to work I like to stop and Instagram the view… it’s different everyday whatever the weather.

Today, looking across the Harbour it is hard to imagine it as the bustling fishing port it once was. These days there is only a handful of working boats left, moored up alongside the fleet of pleasure craft earning their living taking holiday makers on fine weather fishing trips or out to visit our local seal colony at the cunningly named Seal Island!

Needless to say no trip to St Ives is complete without a walk around the Harbour, a coffee at any one of the numerous barristers dotted around and, if it is after 12, a beer outside The Sloop as the kids play on the harbour beach.

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The Dog’s Beaches

The Dog’s Beaches

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The Dogs Beaches… Holidaying with your furry friend is not always the easiest thing to do. You need to find accommodation suited to a dog, you need to travel with said canine companion and while you might be on holiday looking forward to relaxing days in the sun, the dog, most definitely is not… They have some business to get on with, the most obvious being the business.

Now assuming you’ve found the accommodation, and at all our properties are dog friendly and you have the means of travel sorted, what are you going to do with the little chap once you get here? The beach, it is after all what you have come for, in or out of season it is the main attraction and dogs love the beach. The space, the water, the digging, the smells, the other dogs it’s like a super charged injection to their senses and they go wild for it!

The beach is as described, a great place to take your dog and out of season, from 31st September to the Sunday before Easter, there are no restrictions. However, during the summer season dogs are banned during the day on most beaches around St Ives Bay. In fact only 2 of the dozen or so beaches don’t have some form of dog restriction in force.

There are 2 types of ban, and while one is a total, no time at all ban, the other is a very good compromise, and dogs are allowed on the beach before 8am and after 7pm. A first glimpse this might sound a little harsh, but for most of the summer months it gets light at 5am and doesn’t get dark till gone 9pm, the beaches are quiet during those hours and which really means that for dogs it is genuinely the best time to go.

I have compiled a list of the beaches around the bay area and indicated the level of ban for each beach.

Dog friendly Beaches in The St Ives Bay Area

Porthmeor – Seasonal ban
Porthgwidden – Seasonal ban
St Ives Harbour – Daytime ban
Porthminster – Seasonal ban
Carbis Bay – Daytime ban
Hawkes Point – Dog Friendly
Porthkidney – Dog Friendly
Hayle Harbour – Dog Friendly
Hayle Towans – Daytime ban
Mexicon Towans – Dog Friendly
Upton Towans – Dog Friendly
Gwithian – Daytime ban
Godrevy – Daytime ban
Peters Point – Daytime ban


There are of course other places and in Carbis Bay, a couple little garden parks, where as long as you clean up after you, dogs are welcome. The coast path is open to dogs, although for their own safety they should be kept on a lead, and the sand dunes which skirt all along Porthkidney beach and the Hayle beaches are all great open spaces for dog walking and all are dog friendly all year round.

The inland attractions such as Trencrom and Chysauster Ancient Village allow dogs, although once again the latter requires a lead. Please remember that all the areas described above are public areas and while dogs are welcomed it is asked that you respect the area and clean up any little presents your pet might leave!

If you would like any more information these are a couple of really useful links:

The Royal Cornwall Show

The Royal Cornwall Show

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During the first week of June every year The Royal Cornwall Show is, for three days, the busiest place in Cornwall. One of the longest running Agricultural Shows in the UK, boasting the Prince of Wales as it’s Patron, the show has run since the late 1700’s and in its present location, just outside Wadebridge, since 1960.

Cornwall isn’t a very densely populated county, so as you can imagine The Royal Cornwall Show provides the perfect opportunity to get the Cornish from both ends of the county together… you might even spot some Devon folk there! Not easy to do, but if you wait till lunch you can tell them because they eat their pasties on the side and have the cream under the jam on their scones!

Running from Thursday through to Saturday, it is the longest show of its kind. And it has to be, there are horse trials and livestock showing’s that attract entries from all over the UK, taking the judges days to go through and you will see some truly enormous farm animals being pampered and paraded around in a somewhat odd juxtaposition of farmyard muck and mud contrasted against the immaculately shampooed, brushed and powdered coats of the animals. The exhibitors who spend days preparing their animals for show are similarly brushed up in dazzling white lab coats as they lead their animals around in front of a panel of judges… the Rosettes are then handed out, a lap of honour given by the winner and they are off, making room for the next lot.

Flags and tent tops

While the livestock and horses were the main reason for the show, a sprawling metropolis of marquees, show homes, fairground rides, cars, trucks and flags springs up in the Show ground. You can buy, arrange, breed and sell almost anything at the show, it is reckoned that more business is conducted during these 3 days than throughout the rest of the year and everyone who is anyone is there, networking, handing out business cards and working on those all-important order-books for the rest of the year.

Cornwall isn’t a very densely populated county, so as you can imagine The Royal Cornwall Show provides the perfect opportunity to get the Cornish together… and you might even spot some Devon folk there! Not easy to do, but if you wait till lunch you can tell them because they eat their pasties on the side and have the cream under the jam on their scones.

Throughout the three days the main show ring plays host, not only to Livestock parades, the show jumping event and horse trials,  but also to demonstrations from the Army and Navy, of old farming practices and for those looking for bigger thrills and spills there is always a stunt show. This years offering was the BoldDogs MotoX Team fresh from their success on Britain’s Got Talent. They gave a breath taking display of MotoX jumps using their portable launch and landing ramps.

Bold Dogs MotoX Show

The schedule of events is always released early in the year and you can find out which dignitary – often members of the Royal Family – will be visiting and touring the show by going to the Royal Cornwall website You will also find all the results from past years, a list of exhibitors, show ground layouts and forms to pre-book and pay for show tickets – talking of tickets the prices are on there too.

The Royal Cornwall Showground is the largest events dedicated outdoor area in Cornwall. Covering approximately 10 acres the Show ground is used for lots of events throughout the year, particularly in the summer months, you can find a list of events on the website:

An hour’s drive from St Ives and Carbis Bay the show ground is located on the A39 otherwise known as The North Cornwall Highway just between Wadebridge and Padstow.

The Highest point round these parts…

The Highest point round these parts…

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As the article title suggests, Trencrom is the highest point in West Penwith and for that reason alone it is worth a visit. But on any clear day the 550ft summit, which is significantly higher than any of the surrounding countryside, it’s one of the few places where you can see both the North and the South Coasts of Cornwall at the same time. From Godreavy Lighthouse in the North to St Michael’s Mount in the south, the views are breath taking. And in fact you can also see Newlyn harbour, the spot where sea level is actually measured from.

Panoramic View from the top of Trencrom

The top of Trencrom Hill is the site of a Hill Fort that dates back to the Iron Age and beyond. As with everyplace where you can actually see evidence of ancient man, the atmosphere holds real sense of the unkown. It is said that lay lines cross here giving the site mystical powers. Above ground there are plenty of interesting rock formations and ground undulations which can only have been mans doing  – see if you can spot any rock outlines of old settlement buildings that lie in the surrounding fields and the whale rock.

You shouldn’t only reserve a trip to the top of Trencrom for good days, the wind gets so strong up there that it becomes difficult to talk, and on wet misty days when you can only see 20 yards in front of you the silence and remoteness can really get the hairs standing up on the back of your neck. As for going up there at night, well let’s just say I have yet to pluck up the courage, but then I struggle walking up the stairs at home in the dark!

Getting to Trencrom from Carbis Bay is quite easy. By car it should take about 10 minutes to get to the carpark followed by a 10 minute walk along the path that zigzags up the East side to the top. If you have time the walk from Carbis Bay to the Top of Trencrom will take about an hour to get to the top. Follow the map below for directions on how the get there by car or by foot.

By Foot or By Car - The Map

Carbis Bay Walks… By Coast to Lelant Saltings.

Carbis Bay Walks… By Coast to Lelant Saltings.

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Carbis Bay is one of the most beautiful beaches in Cornwall, and seeing as Cornwall has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, that is a pretty good accolade. One of the best places to view the beach, is from the coast walk that runs around the bay. Following on from the previous statement, it would be a shame not to see one of the most beautiful beaches in the world from the best angle possible.

To join the Coast Path you can either start from Porthminster Beach St Ives, the coast path tracks up the hill away from St Ives and traverses around Porthminster Point and drops down into Carbis Bay over the train track.

Once down on Carbis Bay, walk through the car park and past the Carbis Bay Hotel following the access road up the hill until you reach the coast path on your left, just before the railway bridge. The path once again traverses around the headland, this time Porth Kidney point, crossing over the train track as it goes, the breath taking views from here back across St Ives Bay to the town are truly some of the great coastal sights. Whatever the weather there is always something to marvel at, from the raw strength of Mother Nature as she whips up the bay in a rage to the serene beauty of a summers evening as the sun sets behind St Ives.

Round the point and onto the dunes; this is the start of 3 miles of glorious golden sand held back by a spiky carpet of Dune grass and split neatly by the Hayle Estuary inlet. Carrying on around the bay and you are heading for the St Uny Church spire, poking up from behind the Dunes across the West Cornwall Golf Club Links course.

Sunset at the Estuary mouth


The path follows the Estuary round cutting through the afore mentioned St Uny Church’s grounds and keeping left you will walk along the tree lined coast road till you eventually reach the train station. You will need to check the times not many trains stop at the Village stop, however the Lelant Saltings station is only a short step along the road and the trains run from there every half hour back into St Ives through Carbis Bay.

At a reasonable pace the walk should take around 35 minutes from Carbis bay to the Lelant Village Station, the Saltings station is another 10 minutes further.

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