Season Sensation.

Season Sensation.

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Off Season Sensation.

If you ask anyone who lives in St Ives when is their favourite time of the year you will get 2 answers… one half will say Spring, the other half will say Autumn.

I guess an odd pair of answers considering that holiday season and weather wise the best time of year is July and August. It is, but the trouble with the summer season is, it’s the busiest time of the year and anyone who lives and works in town is head down and making hay while the sun shines.

It’s in the off season when us locals get to really appreciate the place we live in. Walking the dog on the beach; whenever we fancy. Letting the westerly storm blow you up Trencrom Hill before warming up beside the pub fire then heading out, without needing to book a table and choose from some of the finest restaurants in the South West.

Where is all this going? I hear you ask… well as a someone looking for a holiday, you can enjoy the quiet out of season, no traffic, strolls on the beach, lazy afternoons, Gin at 4 o clock, beard growing way of life for a fraction of what it would cost in the height of the season.

Everyone loves a bargain and one of the best bargains around is the not so elegantly named BOGOF, buy one get one free, I said, you buy one, you get one free!!! Whoop whoop, get the banners out Peter’s gone to Iceland! Or if he was really looking for a bargain he could shimmy on down and scoop up a whole month of winter self-catering for the price of one week in August!

I say, you get four winter weeks for the price of a summer one! Now that’s a sensation!

Need I say more?

St Ives Carbis Bay Sprin Time Pictures

St Ives Carbis Bay Autumn Pictures

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!

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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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