St Ives walks and beyond are all on our doorstep. Tugging on your walking boots and exploring Cornwall on foot is the only way to embrace its natural beauty, history, and wildlife. And lucky for us, the South West Coast Path, which conveniently runs past Three Mile Beach, offers some of the most stunning scenery in Britain. I’ve picked five of my favourite local walks and included a mix of lengths and difficulties, so there’s something to suit everyone. Each walk is tried and tested – taken from The South West Coast Path website – and the links give you detailed directions.
The iWalk Cornwall app is another brilliant way to navigate the county’s best walks. Using GPS, it guides you step by step, gives you history and nature facts as you go, and even puts you right if you stray off-track. The app is free, but there’s a small one-off cost for each walk you download.
This stunning coastal walk follows the route of the railway line that connects Lelant to St Ives. I think this is one of the most beautiful parts of Cornwall with its three white-sand beaches all in a row. The first is Porthkidney, which is dog-friendly all year round and backed by dunes. Next is stunning Carbis Bay, where you might be tempted to drop in for refreshments at the hotel. Next up is Porthminster Beach – where the lovely café is another good place to rest your feet. The walk ends in St Ives, where you can enjoy a pleasant hour or two pottering around the town. To get home, just catch the train for a scenic ride back to Lelant.
How far to starting point? 15-minute drive to Lelant train station.
How long? 4.5 miles.
How difficult? Moderate.