South West Coast Path (Perranporth to Porthcurno)
Total distance covered; 62 miles (99kms)
6 days walking, based in St Ives
St Ives, our base for this section of the Cornwall Coast Path, is one of the best known of Cornwall's towns and, nowadays, internationally famous as a centre for artistic excellence. The part of the town which surrounds the old fishing port is a jumble of steep streets, narrow cobbled alleyways and colourful stone cottages.
On the headland which juts out from the western side of St Ives Bay there is the site of an ancient British settlement, and a fishermans' chapel stands on what was the site of the 6th century chapel of St Ia. There are numerous small art galleries scattered around the town, including the Barbara Hepworth Museum, and the St Ives Tate Gallery.
St Ives has an wide range of shops, restaurants, beach cafés and pubs serving food in the evening, and plenty of shops where one can purchase the makings of a packed lunch.
The daily meeting point in St Ives is The Malakoff (the terrace above the railway station).
Accommodation; There is a variety of accommodation in St Ives and details can be found on the following websites:
Alternatively, an accommodation guide can be obtained from the Tourist Information Centre in St Ives, whose contact details are as follows:
St Ives Tourist Information Centre, St Ives Library, Gabriel Street, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 2LS.
Telephone: 01736 796297
How to reach St Ives by public transport; St Ives has its own railway station which is on a small branch line from St Erth. St Erth is on the main West Country line from London Paddington to Penzance.
General information on Cornwall and the South West Coast Path can be found on the following websites:
Holiday Options 2021
Day 1: Perranporth to Portreath 11 miles (18kms)
Day 2: Portreath to Hayle 12 miles (19kms)
Day 3: Hayle to St Ives 7 miles (11kms)
Day 4: St Ives to Treen (by Zennor) 9 miles (14kms)
Day 5: Treen to St Just 11 miles (18kms)
Day 6: St Just to Porthcurno 12 miles (19ms)
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