Walking the coast from St Ives

Godrevy Island | South West Coast Path

If you only do one coast path walk this month make it around the spectacular St Ives Bay, taking in views of the town from the magnificent Godrevy Head. Be inspired as you gaze out towards the moody and atmospheric Godrevy Island with its beacon of hope – immortalised in Virginia Woolf’s famous novel To the Lighthouse.

As you walk, keep an eye out for grey seals playing and hunting for fish in the surf, and for the pod of bottlenose dolphins often seen further offshore. It’s also a good place to spot seabirds. Look out for guillemots, razorbills, fulmar and cormorant that all nest on the cliffs around the headland. It’s the perfect walk for a blustery autumnal day as you follow in Virginia Woolf’s literary footsteps.

Explore more of this beautiful bay by taking one of the most scenic train rides along the coast from St Ives to Carbis Bay and walk back. This short walk is just over a mile but if your feeling more adventurous, take the 3 mile walk to Lelant and catch the train back. You can do it the other way round of course and if you’re travelling to Cornwall by train, change at St Erth for the branch line to Lelant. In St Ives itself there’s the town trailor for a longer walk, why not cover this section of the Coast Path all the way from Hayle to St Ives at just over 6 miles.

Click on www.southwestcoastpath.com for more details of all these walks. You don’t always need a map to explore the coast. Just keep the sea on one side and follow the waymarked signs displaying the acorn. Happy walking!

Walk details and links:

Godrevy Head – 0.6 miles http://www.southwestcoastpath.com/walksdb/67/

Hayle to St Ives – 6.1 miles http://www.southwestcoastpath.com/walksdb/155/

St Ives town trail – 1.9 miles http://www.southwestcoastpath.com/walksdb/466/

Looe to Polperro – 5.4 miles http://www.southwestcoastpath.com/walksdb/15/

Penzance – 4 day walking itinerary from Penzance to St Ives

Newquay Surfin’ Safari – 6.2 miles http://www.southwestcoastpath.com/walksdb/200/