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Cornwall Coast Path
Ranked #8 of 62 things to do in St Ives
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

The path is very long and we recommend that you use the webbsite for full information. This path is simply magic. Stunning, beautiful, fresh air, wildlife and a great way to feel good.

Thank Marianne P
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Reviewed 26 July 2014

Started at Lelant Saltings to which we took the train. The first bit of the walk back to St Ives starts behind the car park - there is a very small track in the scrub with a small sign St Ives - not easy to find. It then takes you through the village of Lelant, past the church and then down the boardwalk towards the beach round the edge of the golf course. After a while the path goes up onto the cliffs and is really quite high up but the views of the beach are sensational. At one point the path becomes very narrow and it's quite hard to let people pass. Eventually you come out in Carbis Bay where we were grateful to have a cold drink in the garden of the Carbis Bay Hotel. We then continued along the coastal path which is much wider now and eventually becomes a roadway before reaching Porthminster Beach. We stopped here at the beach BBQ for grilled mackerel and sardines and then headed refreshed to St Ives.

Beware if the sun is out because we got sunburnt on our backs/necks/shoulders despite it not being terribly hot that day and being enclosed by bushes etc. so do apply sun cream before setting off!

2  Thank ehzoyzdcr
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Reviewed 23 July 2014

The Cornish section of the Southwest Coast Path contains some of the most breathtaking seaside vistas imaginable. The walk west from St. Ives to Zennor and beyond covers wild and beautiful scenery beside the beautiful ocean. It is important to be well prepared, as many who thought it might be a casual stroll can be unpleasantly surprised with some of the more challenging sections. A 25,000 to 1 Ordance Survey is a very wise investment before undertaking any serious walks. If one is not up for a longish walk, some of the best locations can be accessed by easy walks to the sea from Zennor, Pendeen or St. Just, with the Sennen Cove to Land's End being especially impressive. Any who enjoy walks by the sea should make the Coast Path in West Penwith a priority destination.

3  Thank Ledyard
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

A great walk along the coastal path from Zennor to St Ives. I was staying in St Ives so I decided on the route from Zennor back to St Ives route. Got the bus from the bus station in St Ives to Zennor £4 for a ticket. Best to check the timetable prior to planning the walk as the buses to Zennor are not frequent. One every 2 hours from my recollection and that was during the week. Maybe less at the weekend if at all.

When you get off the bus at Zennor just walk into the village along the lane past the pub and the church. You'll see a sign which leads you down to the coastal path. Would really recommend that you take something to eat and drink unless you stopped off at the pub in Zennor as there are no places along the way back to pick something up until you get back to St Ives.

As previously mentioned in other reviews, it is quite a strenuous walk with some large rocks to walk over after about 1 mile from Zennor. The path is quite narrow and you only have a yard or 2 to the side of the drop in some places but all perfectly safe as long as you take your time and use common sense. Good walking boots a must. Just wished I had taken some binoculars as I passed some lovely coves with sea lions.

Would recommend the Zennor to St Ives direction as you get the Strenuous part of the walk out of the way first. After half way it starts to get easier. The distance is between 6.5 to 7 miles. As a guide it took me 3 hours to complete and this was at a steady pace with no breaks.

3  Thank rayreadon
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

Lovely views on wet on sunny days!! We went to Lands End although why you need to pay 5 pounds to park! Its ok but not like it used to be very commercialised!! Some what spoilt

Thank NikkiD01
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