Walks around St Ives

The St Ives walk includes St Ives harbour, Smeaton's Pier, island and some of the coastline from St Ives to Zennor. Alternatively the walk from St Ives to Carbis Bay includes John Knill's Steeple and returns to St Ives via Porthminster Beach. On the walk from Lelant to Carbis Bay, you can walk for over a mile along the huge beach of Porth Kidney Sands if you time it for low tide.

3.2 miles/5.2 km - Moderate

Hayle Valley from St Erth

A circular walk from St Erth along the River Hayle, lined with wildflowers in the spring and summer, and returning with views over the Hayle valley which was once a lagoon separating an island of West Penwith from the Cornish mainland.

4.2 miles/6.8 km - Moderate

Rosemergy to Gurnard's Head

A circular walk along the coast past the towering cliffs of Bosigran Castle via the white sand and huge boulders of Porthmeor Cove to the site of an Iron Age fort on Gurnard's Head, returning from the Gurnard's Head pub via the ancient Zennor Churchway.

4.2 miles/6.8 km - Moderate

St Ives to Carbis Bay

A circular walk from St Ives through the Steeple Woods nature reserve to the monument overlooking St Ives Bay where the eccentric quinquennial ceremony of John Knill has been performed for over 200 years, returning along the coast via the white sandy beaches of Carbis Bay and Porthminster.

4.2 miles/6.7 km - Moderate

Zennor to Gurnard's Head

A circular walk from Zennor along the coast via the sea-smoothed granite boulders at Porthmeor Cove to the site of an Iron Age fort on Gurnard's Head, returning from the Gurnard's Head pub on the ancient Churchway to Zennor.

4.3 miles/7 km - Moderate

St Ives

A circular walk at St Ives along the granite coastline and white sandy beaches which have inspired so many artists, through some of the most famous parts of the town including the harbour, The Island and The Tate, and via the church and holy well of Celtic girl Ia who, according to legend, was the first to settle here.

4.4 miles/7 km - Moderate

Lelant to St Ives

A one-way walk to St Ives along the beaches from Lelant including the vast expanse of Porthkidney Sands, Carbis Bay and Porthminster Beach, returning on the coastal railway.

4.8 miles/7.7 km - Moderate

Lelant Saltings to Carbis Bay

A circular walk from Lelant following St Michael's Way along the vast stretch of beach from Porthkidney Sands to Carbis Bay, with views over St Ives Bay on the return route.

5.0 miles/8.1 km - Moderate

Hell's Mouth to Godrevy

A circular walk following the coast from Hell's Mouth past the large grey seal colony at Mutton Cove and Godrevy lighthouse to the sandy beaches of St Ives Bay, returning via a pilgrimage route along the Red River Valley.

6.8 miles/11 km - Moderate

St Ives to Carn Naun

A circular walk from St Ives on the ancient churchway towards Zennor and returning along the rugged coast to Porthmeor where a Victorian cargo ship and the St Ives lifeboat were both wrecked and the ship's boilers are still visible at low tide.

5.4 miles/8.6 km - Moderate-strenuous

Zennor to The Carracks

A circular walk towards St Ives from Zennor following the Coast Path past the haunts of the legendary mermaid of Zennor to the islets of The Carracks, frequented by seals, and returning on the Coffin Path, along which villagers made their final journey to Zennor church.