The Steeple Woodland Nature Reserve is a 40-acre public open space around Knill's Monument (a 50 ft pyramid of hewn granite) from which are spectacular views across St Ives Bay and the surrounding countryside.
Visitors can explore the woods, stroll over heathland and discover areas planted with young trees. A variety of activities take place at the reserve, including volunteer work sessions, wildlife surveys, environmental research projects and community events.
Seal Island (The Carracks), 3½ miles along the rocky coastline towards Zennor, is home to a colony of grey Atlantic seals. A boat trip from St Ives will virtually guarantee you the chance to watch seals up close and you may also spot dolphins or porpoises on the way. It is also common for the odd seal to be spotted snoozing in St Ives harbour!
Cornwall is one of best places in the British Isles to see bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins, basking sharks, and seabirds.
Oceanic sunfish are not uncommon and even a few whales and loggerhead turtles are sighted annually.
Although sightings come from all around the hundreds of miles of Cornish coastline there are several places that have historically produced consistently large numbers of records.
Conveniently, in south-west Cornwall, visitors are never too far away from one of the top sea watching places.
Trencrom Hill is the site of an Iron Age hill fort with splendid views over the Hayle Estuary and St Michael's Mount and beyond. It is strewn with interesting rock formations and standing stones. Higher Hill wood is awash with bluebells in early Spring.
OS Grid Ref: SW 51807 36188
The Tinners Way
A circular walk offering splendid views of the Cornish countryside and coast around St Ives and St Just.
The walk begins at the beautiful town of St Ives, taking you past the harbour and pier and around St Ives head. The path then climbs through or past Venton Vision, Trowan, Trevalgan, Trevega, Trendrine, Boscubben, Wicca, Lower Tregerthen and Tremedda, mostly at between 350 and 400 feet – before descending to the pretty little village of Zennor.
St Michael's Way
This fabulous walk runs from Lelant on the north coast of Cornwall to Marazion and the iconic St Michael's Mount on the south coast.
You start in Lelant near St Ives, and head along the coast to Carbis Bay passing the beautiful Porth Kidney Sands on the way. The route then heads inland through the delightful Cornish countryside to Trencrom Hill where you can enjoy wonderful views of the surrounding areas.
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Hayle Estuary, is the most south westerly estuary in the UK and is home to a wide variety of wetland birds.The best time to visit is during winter when you can see a vast flock of teals and wigeons and maybe a vagrant ring-billed gull from North America!
OS Grid Ref: SW 55158 37384
Mawnan Smith, near Falmouth, TR18 5JZ
An amazing valley of exotic plants and wildflowers leading down to Durgan beach and the stunning coastline of the North Helford countryside.
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Trebah is a 26-acre sub-tropical garden situated in Cornwall, England, UK, near Glendurgan Garden and above the Helford River. Part of the parish of Mawnan, the gardens are set within an area of the same name, which includes the small settlements of Trebah Wartha and Trebah Woolas.
Trebah Garden Trust,
Falmouth TR11 5JZ
Trengwainton is a country house and garden situated in Madron, near Penzance, which has been in the ownership of the National Trust since 1961. The garden is noted for its collection of exotic trees and shrubs and offers views over Mount's Bay and The Lizard.
Madron, Penzance TR20 8RZ
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
The Lost Gardens of Heligan, near Mevagissey in Cornwall, are one of the most popular botanical gardens in the UK. The gardens are typical of the 19th century Gardenesque style with areas of different character and in different design styles.
St Austell, PL26 6EN