St Ives harbour beach to Man’s Head and Clodgy Point circular walkDistance: 5.6km - Terrain: Paved, sandy, grassy, rocky, slippery in places - Walking shoes: Boots or sturdy trainers
Why do we love this walk? The scenery along the way changes from the bustling town sights of St Ives to sandy beaches and then raw coastal backdrops. There are a few hills to negotiate with the not too long and steep one of The Island, then the grassy slope leading up to Clodgy Point and then the fairly steep hill leading from Clodgy Point to Burthallan Lane.
If you are walking your dog, there are plenty of places for them to be off the lead (if their recall is good!) and there are frequent poo bins too so you aren’t swinging the bag for too long!
If you are walking with your children, we would recommend they are older children to cope with the terrain and length of this walk but have a keen and appreciative eye for the local landscape.
Finally, there are a few coffee stop opportunities as well as lunch pre or post walk. You pass Porthgwidden beach cafe, Porthmeor beach cafe, the coffee hatch at the surf club and then if you fancy some wonderful snacks including vegan yummies, pop into Ayr Stores.
West to East St Ives via The MalakoffDistance: 2.68km - Terrain: Paved, sandy, unpaved footpath - Walking shoes: sturdy trainers or sandals
This walk is great for those wanting a gentle stroll taking in the joys of two of St Ives’ most beautiful beaches and St Ives harbour then pass through a cool and shaded wooded area before dropping downhill to The Malakoff in St Ives where the views are simply captivating.
Suitable for little ones as there are plenty of places to stop and let them be distracted by the beach or nature. Mainly paved with a small stretch of footpath that is unpaved passing uphill through a small wooded area. They will love to see the Lelant to St Ives coastal train pass close by (a wave to the train driver is normally rewarded with a toot!) It’s great for dog walkers too as there are poo bins along the route and plenty to sniff and see on a lead.
The Malakoff is a symphony of sight and sound. The views to the West take in St Ives harbour with its crystal clear sea through colourful local flora. You will also understand why we call ourselves Orange Roofs when you look down on many traditional town roofs tinted orange by the lichen.
Up to Knills Monument around Steeple WoodsDistance: 5.4km - Terrain: Paved, unpaved footpath, some uneven ground and exposed tree roots if entering Steeple Woods - Walking shoes: sturdy trainers or sandals or walking boots
We love this walk! It’s so varied and just excellent for energetic children or dogs. The panoramic views from Knills Monument are simply incredible so definitely save this walk when the skies are clear and visibility good.
There is quite a bit of uphill walking to tackle from the start point of this walk but then you can have a breather along the rural lane cutting between fields full of grazing horses and fragrant gorse bushes. You summit at Knills Monument (for more information on who John Knill is and why he has a monument, please follow this link) before making your way gently back down through footpath routes that normally only the locals tread.
Our route passes alongside Steeple Woods but please do go ‘off-piste’ for a short while and enter the woods to enjoy tree swings and a carpet of local flora and spot squirrels and wildlife galore. There is a path that leads down from Knills Monument which meanders through a community project called The Steeple Woodland Nature Reserve, click here to find out more.
On your route back, pop into The St Ives Brewery and enjoy a beverage of your choice with a slab of cake or Cornish Cream Tea while soaking up the spectacular town and sea views from the terrace or cosily inside. Then continue onwards, heading past our office towards the town centre where you started your walk.