Whatever your ability, there are some fantastic walks around the St Ives area. The two most popular are the South West Coast Path and the St Michael's Way.
N.B. We can post maps and walking guides out to you to help you plan your visit. Click here for more info.
South West Coastal Path
The South West Coast Path has been opened up from Minehead to Poole, a distance of 630 miles. The route is split into manageable legs. In our area the 3 legs are Hayle to St Ives, St Ives to Pendeen, Pendeen to Sennen Cove. Follow the links on the text for details of each route provided by www.southwestcoastpath.com. Each leg is 10-12 miles but you can walk shorter sections if you wish.
There are guides and maps available for the whole route. Contact us for further information.
St Ives to Zennor
During the winter season, the Visitor Information Centre staff would recommend catching a bus from St Ives to Zennor then walk back to St Ives. This walk is strenuous and has been officially branded by South West Coast Path association as 'Challenging' as the ground is sometimes difficult.
You can start this walk from the Visitor Information Centre, stocking up with water and an Ordnance Survey Map, heading towards the Tate Gallery. You can buy pasties along the way at numerous locations around the town. The start of the path is located at the western end of Porthmeor Beach at Clodgy Point.
St Ives to Carbis Bay to Lelant
This is a favourite walk by many and can take up to 2 hours. You can start the walk from the Porthminster Beach Cafe walking up the adjacent path.
St Michael's Way
Throughout Europe there is a network of pilgrim routes which lead to one of the three most important places of Christian pilgrimage in the world - the Cathedral of St James in Santiago de Compostela, North West Spain. The St Michael's Way Trail is one of these routes.
St. Michael's Way was thought to have been used by pilgrims, missionaries and travellers, especially those from Ireland and Wales, to avoid crossing the treacherous waters around Land's End.
Dating back to pre-historic times (10,000BC - 410AD), it is believed that this route assisted in Cornwall's rapid conversion into a Christian faith.
The trail stretches from Lelant (near St. Ives) to Marazion (near Penzance) and stretches 12.5 miles/19.5 km. Visitors can expect to see a number of sights including the 'Caribbean' style waters around St. Ives, the largest sand dunes in Cornwall at Gwithian and far-reaching views of West Penwith at Trencrom Hill.
In 1987 the Council of Europe decided to promote the Santiago de Compostela Pilgrim Way as a highly symbolic and significant European cultural route. St Michael's Way has been developed by Environment and Heritage with the guidance of the Bredereth Sen Jago (Cornish Pilgrims of St James) and the Cornish Bureau for European Relations.
Pilgrim ways are often indicated by the traditional Pilgrim's symbol of a scallop shell. St. Michael's Way has been signposted and waymarked in both directions using a stylistic shell based on the Council of Europe's sign for pilgrim routes. The directional arrows are coloured yellow for footpaths, blue for bridleways and red for byways. Cornwall Council has chosen to use black arrows on roads.
We can post a St Michael's Way Guide out to you. Please contact us for further information