Carbis Bay and Porthminster Point from Lelant Church

This circular walk with ascends and descents provides a way to discover St Ives Bay leading to Porthminster Point along the gorgeous coastal path including Hayle, PorthKidney, Carbis Bay and Porthminster beaches!

Technical sheet
No. 4046619
A St. Ives walk posted on 13/09/20 by charentimoy. Update : 05/01/21
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h55[?]
Distance Distance : 5.32mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 577ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 574ft
Highest point Highest point : 200ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 20ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : St. Ives
Starting point Starting point : N 50.188142° / W 5.436597°
Download : -
St Ives Bay and River Hayle Porthminster Beach and St Ives from Porthminster Point Porthkidney Beach Carrack Gladden

Description

Park your car at Lelant Church car park (junction with Church Lane and Church Road).

(D/A) Take the path next to the church entrance going down towards the Hayle Sands.

(1) Ignore a path on your left, pass under the railway bridge and turn left to the path when you reach Ferry Man's Rest House. Admire Hayle estuary and continue the path along the railway fence for one mile before you descend a few steps and finally ascend to a junction.

(2) From this junction with a bridge which crosses the railway next to Public footpath signpost, walk straight a few metres and turn right following the coastal path heading to Carrack Gladden. Enjoy the views, first PorthKidney Beach, then Carbis Bay Beach past the point. Go up the stairs leading to Beach Road.

(3) Descend this road, bear right close to the car park and go past 1884 Restaurant &Bar on you right. Go up the coastal path, climb the stairs and cross the footbridge over the railway. continue up following "Coast path St Ives until you join a road. Walk along this road for 250 metres before you turn right to the first track which goes down ("Private Road pedestrians only"signpost).

(4) When the track finally levels, turn sharply right next to the large gate on your right, then go past Porthminster Point National Trust signpost and pass under the railway bridge. Bear left to the footpath which reaches Porthminster Point (keep the right side at the fork) overlooking the beach and St Ives Harbour. Continue towards the footbridge, cross it and bear right in the driveway next to Chy Ann Carrack House.

(5) When the road bends left, leave it and take the path on your right entering the woods. the path finally reaches a bench and an asphalt path. Bear left and go up towards crossroads.

(6) At crossroads, go up straight ahead until you see the Baulking House (as indicated, it was a huer's lookout from which watch was kept for shoals of pilchards and the seine boats were directed).
Then, you reach the junction with the track you used before. Continue straight using the same way retracing your steps towards Carbis Bay Hotel and 1884 Restaurant &Bar.

(7) Ascend Beach Road in front of you ignoring the coastal path until you reach crossroads. Leave Boskerris road on your right but take the public footpath on your left next to the private car park. walk along Gwel Marten Hotel and keep the path on your right at the next fork until you join a curving road. Bear right ascending the road, then turn right in Headland Road dead-end (public footpath signpost).

(8) Go past Whitsunday House and Sea Urchin car park. Continue straight ahead the path overlooking the bay following yellow arrows until you reach West Cornwall Golf club.

(9) Bear right along the golf course until you decide if you want to cross it following yellow arrows or if you prefer to walk the driveway which joins Church Road. For me, the golf course was too busy, so I decided to follow the driveway. In any case, turn left when you reach Church road which leads to Lelant Church car park (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 92ft - Lelant Church car park
1 : mi 0.16 - alt. 49ft - Railway bridge
2 : mi 1.21 - alt. 135ft - Coastal path
3 : mi 1.84 - alt. 43ft - 1884 Restaurant & Bar
4 : mi 2.46 - alt. 105ft - Porthminster Point signpost
5 : mi 2.84 - alt. 108ft - Bend
6 : mi 2.98 - alt. 167ft - Crossroad
7 : mi 3.83 - alt. 144ft - Beach Road
8 : mi 4.27 - alt. 190ft - Whitsunday House and Sea Urchin car park
9 : mi 4.72 - alt. 135ft - Golf course
D/A : mi 5.32 - alt. 92ft - Lelant Church car park

Useful Information

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