The walk from Carbis Bay to St Ives has got to be one of our favourite stretches of the coast path in Cornwall. St Ives is world famous with visitors who return year after year, but its neighbour nestled in just beyond Porthminster Headland boasts a beach just as wonderful as Porthminster and Porthmeor.

Carbis Beach and Hawkes Point are a brilliant place to start a walk, as you can either head towards Hayle passing along Porthkidney Sands and along the Hayle Estuary. Or take the coast path towards St. Ives for all that it has to offer, here are some of the best reasons to visit!

Park up in Carbis Bay and take your pick, or head back another day to explore the rest of the coastal path.

carbis bay to st ives coast path

You could always park at St Erth and enjoy the train in, or take the train part way, then jump off at Carbis Bay and walk the rest of the way in. You won’t regret it, especially when you want to work up an appetite for all the chips, fudge and ice cream! Read about taking a Day Trip to St Ives.

carbis bay to st ives coast path

If you head down towards the beach at Carbis Bay the coast path reaches along the front of the hotel and up over the railway line. You will then pass some houses with arguably one of the best views in Cornwall before beginning your descent to Porthminster Beach. The whole way along this stretch of the coast path boasts magnificent views across St Ives Bay and towards Godrevy Lighthouse.

If you make it as far as Porthmeor Beach then make sure you stop off for Tapas at Porthmeor Beach Cafe before you make the return journey to Carbis Bay!

To add a little bit more distance to this walk follow the coast path around Hawkes Point either on the way, or on the way back if you wanted to take in the views across Porthkidney and the river.

Have you walked from Carbis Bay to St Ives? Where are you favourite parts of the Cornish Coast Path? Comment below and let us know where to feature next!

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