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Cornish Coast: Lelant Saltings to St Ives

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Cornish Coast: Lelant Saltings to St Ives
Author: Claire, Published: 22 Jul 2018 Walk Rating:star1  Cornish Coast: Lelant Saltings to St Ives Walking Guidestar1  Cornish Coast: Lelant Saltings to St Ives Walking Guidestar1  Cornish Coast: Lelant Saltings to St Ives Walking Guidestar1  Cornish Coast: Lelant Saltings to St Ives Walking Guidestar0  Cornish Coast: Lelant Saltings to St Ives Walking Guide
Cornwall, St Ives
Walk Type: Coastal
Cornish Coast: Lelant Saltings to St Ives
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot  Cornish Coast: Lelant Saltings to St Ives Walking Guide boot  Cornish Coast: Lelant Saltings to St Ives Walking Guide boot  Cornish Coast: Lelant Saltings to St Ives Walking Guide boot  Cornish Coast: Lelant Saltings to St Ives Walking Guide
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A 5 mile linear coastal walk from Lelant Saltings to St Ives in Cornwall, with the return leg using a simple short train ride (check train times before you travel). The walk follows a section of the Coast Path for its journey leading you along the cliff tops and several bays and beaches along the way. There are beautiful coastal views for most of the route. As well as being a beautiful walk in its own right, this route is a great way to visit St Ives whilst avoiding the difficulty of parking there. Along the way you will have chance to visit Porth Kidney Sands (a year-round dog-friendly expanse of white sandy beach which, with no car park and no facilities, is often relatively quiet) plus the idyllic Carbis Bay with its exclusive hotel.

The walk includes several climbs and descents throughout, including some steep gradients and several flights of steps set within the Coast Path. The steps and gradients make the walk fairly strenuous and tiring. Some stretches of the path are narrow and can be muddy or a little overgrown at times. You will not be sharing any of the paths with livestock and there are no stiles on route. If you wish to spend time exploring Porth Kidney Sands, try to plan your walk to coincide with low tide. Allow 2.5 hours.

The walk starts at Lelant Saltings rail station and finishes at St Ives rail station. Lelant Saltings is used as the Park and Ride facility for St Ives and so can get busy at peak times. It is worth arriving early to make sure you are able to park. From the A30, take the A3074 towards St Ives then at the mini-roundabout by the garden centre, turn right and follow the signs for Park and Ride. (The car park is unusual in that it is accessed via a small housing estate, so don’t be put off as you approach). The long-stay parking has a standard pay-and-display daily rate of £2.80 per car (correct Summer 2018). If Lelant Saltings car park is full, you could park at nearby St Erth rail station, then catch the train to Lelant Saltings to begin. The return journey back from St Ives can be completed with a simple train journey which takes around 10 minutes. Trains normally run about every 30 minutes, but check before you travel. Approximate post code TR27 6HB.

Walk Sections

Start to Church Road
Start to Church Road

Start point: 50.1788 lat, -5.4419 long
End point: 50.1876 lat, -5.4368 long

Begin in the Lelant Saltings car park, standing at the far end of the access lane with the ticket office and platform across to your right. Turn left to pass through the wide metal gates into the overflow car park (passing between two Important Notice signs). As you enter this overflow parking area, turn right to walk with the hedgerow on your left (heading towards a blue banner for The Saltings football club). Do NOT continue to reach this sign. Instead, as you draw level with a lamppost on your right, turn left onto the narrow path through the hedgerow and scrub. You will emerge to a T-junction with a residential lane.

Turn right to join this lane, passing over a stream bridge and swinging right. You will be following this quiet lane for about a further 1.2km. On your left you will have pretty houses and gardens whilst on your right you will have the train line and views of the Hayle Estuary beyond. The RSPB manages a nature reserve within the estuary and common birds include curlew, oystercatcher, little egret, wigeon and teal. Along the way you will pass the Old Station House (now a private home), which sits alongside the platform for Lelant rail station (a halt station with infrequent service).

Beyond this stretch the lane bends left, leading uphill between properties and then between ivy-covered stone walls. At the top of the lane, you will come to a T-junction with Church Road, with a grass triangle at the centre of the junction.

Church Road to Porth Kidney Sands
Church Road to Porth Kidney Sands

Start point: 50.1876 lat, -5.4368 long
End point: 50.1909 lat, -5.4347 long

Turn right along Church Road for just a few metres. Where the road bends left, go straight ahead to join the footpath which starts just to the left of the gate for St Uny’s Church. Follow the enclosed footpath between stone walls, passing between the beautiful stone church on your right and the churchyard on your left. Part way along this path, there are gates each side which allows you to visit the church or the churchyard.

The church is medieval in origin and is entirely built of granite. The churchyard is a Living Churchyard which is managed for wildlife; look out for beautiful wildflowers including orchids and cowslips. It is home to a rare bee species, which is totally dependent for its life-cycle on the field scabious plant that grows in the area. A number of ancient Cornish crosses can be found in the churchyard as well as a mortuary chapel that dates from 1879.

Beyond the church, keep straight ahead on the gravel path leading you between fences. NOTE: You are now crossing a golf course so be sure to stay on the path and beware of any stray flying golf balls. You will have lovely views of the white sands at the estuary mouth ahead. Keep ahead on the sandy path, leading you down some steps. At the waymarker post, ignore a path to the left, instead go straight ahead on the path leading you under the railway.

As you emerge, go ahead down the first few steps and look for a waymarker on your right marking a junction. The path to the left is the Coast Path which we will be joining shortly, but first we will make a quick detour to visit Porth Kidney Sands. To do this, continue ahead down more steps to visit the beach. If the tide is out, it is well-worth taking time to explore this idyllic scene. Porth Kidney is a large, white sandy beach at the mouth of the Hayle estuary, backed with sand dunes which are rich in wildlife. It is dog-friendly all year round. The river creates dangerous currents and the sand can be very soft so do NOT be tempted to swim and don’t paddle too far into the water.

Porth Kidney Sands to Carrack Gladden
Porth Kidney Sands to Carrack Gladden

Start point: 50.1909 lat, -5.4347 long
End point: 50.1976 lat, -5.4554 long

When you have finished at the beach, head back up the first section of steps and then turn right to join the signed Coast Path. The path climbs between sections of scrub and then continues with the fenced rail line on your left. Ignore the first footbridge over the railway on your left, instead keep ahead on the narrow Coast Path with the rail line still on your left. Ignore any paths to your right which lead down the dunes and onto the beach.

Soon you will have beautiful views of St Ives ahead. Further along, the path takes you up and down via flights of steps and through tunnels of tall hedgerows. Eventually you will emerge to join a tarmac path, leading you steeply uphill (there is a metal handrail to help). At the top, ignore the rail crossing on your left. Instead, keep ahead for just 15 paces to reach a fork, and take the right-hand branch. This leads you downhill between hedgerows to reach a waymarker post on the headland, Carrack Gladden, with a tall timber clad house up to your left.

Carrack Gladden to Carbis Rail Crossing
Carrack Gladden to Carbis Rail Crossing

Start point: 50.1976 lat, -5.4554 long
End point: 50.1988 lat, -5.4683 long

Continue on the narrow Coast Path, winding ahead and passing a concrete defence bunker on your right. The path leads you up a flight of steps, emerging to a junction with the road in Carbis Bay. Turn right along the pavement which leads you steeply downhill. You will see Carbis Bay rail station on your left (from where you can catch the train to St Ives or Lelant Saltings should you wish to shorten the walk).

At the bottom of the lane (with the visitor car park on your right), go straight ahead up the steps to reach the car park for Carbis Bay Hotel. Turn right through the car park and follow the signed Coast Path leading you in front of the hotel through the gardens. The hotel is the most prominent building within the bay, built in 1894. Virginia Woolf stayed here in 1914 and later based her novel, To The Lighthouse, on nearby Godrevy Lighthouse. The Carbis Bay Hotel has been immortalised by the author Rosamunde Pilcher and appears as The Sands Hotel in her novel, The Shell Seekers. On your right you will see the Beach Lodges that were added in 2018, with direct access to the hotel’s own private beach.

Beyond the hotel, follow the path as it swings left up a flight of steps and then swings right to continue between hedgerows. The path leads you to a footbridge over the railway.

Carbis Rail Crossing to Porthminster Beach
Carbis Rail Crossing to Porthminster Beach

Start point: 50.1988 lat, -5.4683 long
End point: 50.2082 lat, -5.4761 long

Cross the railway via this bridge and follow the tarmac path with the rail line now running on your right. At the end of this path you will reach a footpath fingerpost at the start of a wide stone track. Go straight ahead to join this stone track, signed as the Coast Path to St Ives.

The track leads you between several properties to reach a left-hand bend. On this bend you will see a white-washed stone building with black doors and shutters. This is the Baulking House and was used as a lookout, from which movements of shoals of pilchards in the bay were monitored. A huer or bulker would work from this house where the high vantage point would make the shoals more visible, looking for the tell-tale purple stain of pilchard shoals in the bay below. The huer would then use hand-held signalling devices to direct the fishing boats to find the fish shoals.

Stay with the lane around this left-hand bend and then winding ahead, leading you downhill into a dip. At this point do NOT follow the lane which bends left uphill, instead go ahead on the tarmac walkway (signed to St Ives) which leads you fairly steeply downhill. At the bottom of the slope, follow the walkway leading you over the railway to reach a junction of paths alongside a bench. Turn sharp right and follow the walkway zig-zagging down to reach a cafe beside the beach.

Stay on the tarmac walkway which leads you behind the cafe to reach the beach slipway on your right at a junction of paths. You will see a choice of two paths ahead. Take the right-hand of these, which runs immediately behind the beach shop. The walkway leads you directly alongside Porthminster Beach (on your right), which is one of the four beaches in St Ives. Remember that dogs are not permitted on this beach in the summer months, so don’t be tempted onto the beach itself if you have a dog with you.

Porthminster Beach to End
Porthminster Beach to End

Start point: 50.2082 lat, -5.4761 long
End point: 50.2094 lat, -5.478 long

Keep ahead with the beach on your right and a miniature golf course on your left. As you reach a beach bar ahead, take the tarmac walkway leading you steeply up the hill. At the staggered T-junction, turn right to join a tarmac access lane with beautiful sea views on your right and a stone retaining wall on your left.

This access track bends left, leading you between terraced cottages on a narrow street called The Warren. You will emerge to a small square with a few benches on your right. Bear right to join the raised walkway running behind the beach. The beach now on your right is called Lambeth Walk Beach. It runs from this point to the Lifeboat Station and is the only beach in St Ives that is dog-friendly year-round. It disappears completely at high tide – hence this raised walkway. The name of the beach comes from the dance hall craze and hit song of the same name which swept the world in the late 1930s.

The walkway leads you past the public toilets on your right and emerges onto the seafront road with the Lifeboat Station immediately on your right. From this point you have access to all the key attractions in the centre of St Ives so explore as you wish and return to this point when you are ready to continue.

With the Lifeboat Station on your right, turn left along the cobbled street leading you uphill and directly away from the sea. Stay alongside the wall on your left as it swings left to pass the church on your left with the war memorial ahead. Cross over to reach the pavement in front of the memorial and turn right to follow this pavement uphill along a shopping street. Stay on the left-hand pavement as it swings left into a side shopping street, heading through a dip and continuing ahead uphill. The lane becomes increasingly steep. At the top, follow the road as it bends left and keep ahead, climbing more gently on this same left-hand pavement. Where this main road bends right, fork left onto the tarmac access slope leading downhill and signed to St Ives Station. Follow the access lane all the way through the car park to reach the ticket office and platform of St Ives rail station. From here you can catch the train back to Lelant Saltings rail station where the walk began.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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St Uny’s Church
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The Living Churchyard which is managed for wildlife
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The first glimpse of Porth Kidney Sands
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Bobbie enjoying Porth Kidney Sands
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Claire and Bobbie on the Coast Path with St Ives in the distance
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Porthminster Beach
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The road leading St Ives rail station
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