I recently took a trip to Cornwall for a weeks training for my new job. I stayed at the beautiful Tregenna Castle which is set in a stunning estate and overlooking St Ives. I was with a group of other girls and none of us had previously met so it was quite an experience to explore the area whilst also getting to know each other. Most of our time was already taken up with training but in the evenings we got to socialise and get out.
As you can see St Ives is quite a distance from the hotel but we were advised by the staff that it was around 20 minutes to walk down there via a scenic pathway through the grounds that we could follow. We only really had the energy to go on a couple of occasions (one of which it was pouring with rain) as although the walk down was pretty enjoyable it wasn’t that pleasurable trying to make it back up again!
As we exited the Tregenna estate onto a main road there was a lovely view of Porthminster beach which we also paid a visit to. I was surprised that with the glorious weather and the beginning of the holidays already well underway that the beach was so quiet!
To get down to St Ives Harbour we had to pass through the picturesque village which is full of winding roads and quaint, boutique style shops as well as a few high street favourites.
We made it all the way round to the other side of the harbour and as you can see on the last picture is the view back up the hill, the castle is the building at the top!
The water was out but we didn’t have any intention of taking a dip anyway. One thing I did want to do is buy some souvenirs and I was shocked at the lack of tat shops that you usually see on every corner of beach resorts. We did come across a couple of fudge shops and one of them sold other bits and pieces but there was definitely more room for fridge magnets.
St Ives is actually a lot smaller than I imagined and although it was busy, it was nowhere near as packed as other resorts such as Brighton or Southend but then I suppose they have a different clientele as there are more galleries and art spaces than fairground rides or arcades. I only saw one arcade which I did intend to pop into but didn’t get a chance in the end as we had to escape the rain but not before we indulged in a proper Cornish ice-cream!
I really enjoyed my time in St Ives, even though it was limited. I would happily go back to spend more time on the gorgeous beaches and perusing the little shops if I had the opportunity. Have you ever visited this beautiful part of the UK?