Activities in and around St Ives
There are a wide range of things to do in St Ives and the surrounding area. With a variety of beaches in town or a short walk away, you will be able to sunbathe or, have a swim. For the more energetic of us, learn to surf, stand up paddleboard, or rent a kayak with the onsite facilities at the beaches. With some of the water sports companies, they also offer coasteering. Boat trips to nearby seal colonies are also a great way to get about on the water.
You will be spoilt for choice of walking opportunities in the area, head out on the Coastal Path or inland on any of the numbers of idyllic country paths. The walk to Zennor from St Ives is one of the more popular walks with good reason. The views of the sea and land are astonishing. Along the way there are natural beauty spots and sanctuaries to bird watch, one, in particular, is on the Hayle Estuary, walking to Gwithian from St Ives.
There are a variety of guided tours of St Ives, with different themes from art to pirate storytelling.
Below are a sample of what the area has to offer.
St Ives Surf School
Porthmeor Beach, Porthminster Beach
St Ives Surf School is on Porthmeor beach, they offer wetsuit, kayak, surfboard rentals and surfing and stand up paddleboard lessons.
St Ives Watersports is on Porthminster beach offering hire of kayaks, stand up paddleboarding.
West Cornwall Golf Club
Church Lane, Lelant
West Cornwall Golf Club is probably one of the finest links courses in Cornwall. It was established in 1889, making it the oldest Golf club in the Duchy.
The course has a magnificent setting and has been moulded around the natural contours of the sand dunes that form part of the Hayle Estuary and Porth Kidney Sands. There are panoramic views from almost every hole with St Ives Bay and Godrevy Lighthouse forming a memorable backdrop to this gem of links.
Kitesurfing in St Ives Bay
Head here in the winter and late autumn. From July to September, the best part of this beach is off limits: north of the large rock on the beach. Gwithian is part of the large Hayle Sands beach that runs from Godrevy to St. Ives. It’s named after an ancient Celtic princess called Gwythyan and it feels like a mystical sort of place.
St Michael's Mount
Explore the amazing island world of St Michael’s Mount and discover legend, myth and over a thousand years of incredible history.
Stroll across the causeway where a legendary giant once walked. Follow the footsteps of pilgrims. Boat hop to an island where modern life meets layers of history. Discover a medieval castle, a sub-tropical paradise and a close-knit island community. Delve into the history of a fortress, a priory, a harbour and a home.
St Ives Boat Trips
St Ives Harbour
There are a variety of boat trip companies that depart from the Harbour. They specialise in trips seeing the seals, going over to Godrevy Lighthouse and fishing trips. If you are really lucky you may encounter dolphins on your boat trip!
One, in particular, you could try is Dolly P.
Guided Tours of St Ives
Various meeting locations depending on tour guide
There are a variety of tour guides operating in St Ives. Guided Tours of St Ives, the theme of the tour is either 'Story of St Ives' and the other is 'Art in St Ives.'
The native guide offers unique guided walks from the hills surrounding St Ives down to stretches of the coast path and into the town covering the environment, natural history and the local heritage.
There are a wide selection of walking routes in the area, either on the South West Coast Path or on the inland public footpaths. Below are our suggestions:
The walk to/from Zennor is one of the more popular walks in the area with good reason. The guidebooks do rate this walk however, as 'very challenging.' Do bear in mind that there are no refreshments on this path as you are 'in the middle of no where.' In the winter there are fewers buses running and it is recommended to catch the 16A (First Kernow bus) to Zennor and walk back. In Summer there are more buses running along this route.
The walk on the South West Coast Path to Lelant is also a favourite for many, as you can stop for refreshments on the way or at the end and take the train back to St Ives. Round the corner from Lelant on the coast path is the Hayle Estuary, a great place to bird watch. More information under the 'Nature' section of this website.
St Michael's Way starts by the church in Lelant and walks towards Carbis Bay on the coast path then it goes inland in the direction of St Michael's Mount
Do speak to the team at Visit St Ives Information Centre for their advice on walking routes in the area. They can be reached on 01736 796297.