St Ives Beaches, I do like to be beside the seaside

On Saturday I spent the day in St Ives, west Cornwall. It’s a tiny seaside town, just over a hundred miles from home and has limited parking, so when I learnt that there is a park and ride, it seemed like a good plan to leave the car there. Parking at Lelant Saltings was just a few pounds, and for £4 you can buy a return train ticket that allows you to travel between St Erth and St Ives, getting on and off as much as you want. This branch line is rated as one of the most scenic in the country.

Carbis Bay from the train
Carbis Bay from the train

Try to sit on the right of the compartment if you ever take this journey. As the train approaches St Ives, Carbis Bay is one of the first beaches you see, but you can see clear across the Hayle estuary to St Ives bay.

Our destination in the distance
Our destination in the distance

When you get off of the train there is a footpath with pretty hedges, leading to Porthminster beach (above) to the right and the town to the left.

See the railway bridge?
See the railway bridge?

And the pretty  path .

The pretty path
The pretty path

Now there’s a clear view of the harbour, especially if you zoom in .

The harbour beach
The harbour beach

But there’s no rush, lets have a look at Porthminster’s sand.

seaside1We’re going to skip on past the town now and have a peep at this little bathing beach.

I think this is called Bamaluz
I think this is called Bamaluz

and its resident poser! seaside8
On around yet another bend in the coastline,
The surfer's beach
The surfer’s beach

is Porthmeor.
Looking east
Looking east

Lastly, looking back from – I think – Porthgwidden.
St Ives is lucky to have so many beautiful beaches. Of course it helped that it was still early in the season, give it a month and these sands will be teeming with people.
The town isn’t just about beaches though, there are galleries galore, cutesy cobble streets and lots of foodie opportunities. I’ll be back with more sometime soon.


38 thoughts on “St Ives Beaches, I do like to be beside the seaside

  1. What gorgeous pictures and the beaches and water are just beautiful. Thank you for sharing them Gilly, at least I got to visit through your photos even if I may never get the opportunity to do it in person. 🙂

  2. I don’t need to tell you how much I love this post, especially that foreshortened photo of the beach and harbour (#6) that would make a brilliant poster! And just look at all those orange roofs. Obviously no pollution here 😀

    1. Of course you would Jude but I’ll look forward to seeing your future posts. I confess I’m rather pleased with that harbour and beach shot, it would look good framed. I’ve got some quite good shots of the roofs to post sometime too 🙂

  3. This is such a clean, restful, inviting place. The water is unbelievable. I’m not into beaches but the views here are stunning.Thank you for sharing, Gilly, Sunshine is so nice to see. We’ve had nothing but rain, rain, rain.

  4. I love the photos in this post. They almost look like paintings. Have you been post-processing? or is it the result of zooming in? or is it just Cornwall? Your commentary made me smile too – especially the poser. I love the third photo especially: so much detail AND nice diagonals.

  5. Now that is a real beach, soft sand, blue seas and sky and a delightful scenic walk and you’ve tempted us with the thought of the walk around the village to find nice craft shops and a cup of coffee or maybe a Devonshire tea!!!

  6. I haven’t been to St Ives (or Cornwall), for years Gilly ~ so it was lovely visiting it again, through your brilliant photos. I agree that they do look like paintings. 🙂

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