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Some of the most beautiful walks in the UK are around St Ives, which makes it the perfect base to explore the Coastal Path and some of the traditional Cornish villages.

If you're looking for a full day's hiking, or just a gentle stroll around the coast St Ives is the perfect place to start

SW Coastal Path

The South West Coastal Path website is a brilliantly helpful resource if you’re planning on a few days walking around St Ives. Use the Walk Finder function on their site and enter the postcode ‘TR26’ to find walks near Cohort.

Popular routes

One of the most popular walks from St Ives is to the picturesque hamlet of Zennor which is just 6.5 miles away. Don’t be fooled by the distance however – it’s a tough walk. You will need decent shoes (hiking boots are always best) as there is a bit of scrambling over rocks as you get towards Zennor. Allow around 4 – 5 hours and walk back via the inland Coffin Trail or jump on a bus.

If you fancy something a bit gentler then walk in the other direction from St Ives towards Lelant. The coastal path, while steep in some places, is much more accessible and there are plenty of places to stop along the way.

The walk is around 3 – 4 miles and should take you around 1.5 – 2 hours. Once you get into Lelant you can choose to walk back or jump on the picturesque St Ives branch line train at Lelant Saltings station and journey the 10 minutes back to St Ives.

If you fancy more of a stroll then just pick up the coast path to Carbis Bay which is a mile out of St Ives. It’s a very wide, gentle footpath and you’re rewarded at the end with another stunning beach. Read our blog for directions.

Circular Walks

There are a number of circular walks out of St Ives and the Tourist Information Centre (situated in the Guildhall) has a great selection of guided walks you can pick up once you arrive. As always, our staff are happy to help and point you in the right direction.

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