Thursday, 23 May 2019

Bimbling around St Ives

Yes, I've been away for my Birthday. I took a trip down to the south west of England, it's 390 miles to St Ives in Cornwall from North Lincolnshire. I had a nice B & B. Booked in advance found on the internet. I look at the booking agencies first to get the information I need, then contact the owner direct when I have found one that I fancy that can accommodate me for the dates I need. It wasn't cheap but prices down in the south west are generally a bit more expensive than the midlands and north. It was my birthday treat, and this is why I live a frugal life so I have money to afford holidays and days out.
This is not my B & B, ha ha, but an example of the many houses, apartments, and hotels that overlook Carbis Bay where I stayed. A lot of them are holiday lets.
On the first day I went a walk to St Ives. Heading down the hill, over the railway line, past the station to join the South West Coastal Path.

Must have a beach walk and a selfie. A bit windy today, but dry and warm.

The place has a look of tropical gardens. This rock garden looks newly laid and planted.

There are eateries overlooking the beach.

Further along the path as it starts climbing, I look back at the views.

A little bit of tranquility in the centre of St Ives.

There were plenty of people about, browsing shops and sitting in cafe's.

This was a cute little sheltered courtyard with seating in the middle, and gift shops to browse. When visiting places I always take my food and drink with me.

I sat on a bench and watched the surfers playing in the waves.

The Tate Gallery beckoned me so I paid the £6.50 entrance fee. Have to say that there wasn't much to rave about. A few interesting modern art paintings, but most of it just went right over my head. The building itself is unusual and interesting, and has a rather grand entrance, but the exhibits didn't inspire me. I went to another art gallery and found some art that was just my thing. Textile art with lots of colour. The lady who had made it was there so I had a lovely chat with her. I'll do another post with pictures.

If you want golden sands and big beaches, Cornwall is the place. In the time I was there, I struggled to find any litter anywhere. It seems to me that leaving rubbish lying around is not tolerated.

On the way up to St Ives Head and the Lookout Station, I sat down on the grass and took in the wonderful sea views. A bobbing head on the rocks below caught my attention. Someone sketching. The zoom on the camera is pretty good.

I love to see the sea splashing over the rocks.

Back down into St Ives again and I wandered around the waters edge.

This boat was unloading it's catch.

Crab nets stacked up on the pier.

Pleasure boats parked up.

Time to walk back to Carbis Bay. I took the road rather than the path, it's a bit higher up.

7 miles walked today. That is a guestimate, I was on my feet all day, except for ten minutes sitting here and there. I can't be doing with being idle for any length of time. I like to keep moving to see more places.

More Cornwall posts coming up.  Toodle pip.  ilona


  1. Great photos...I too love to watch the sea splashing over the rocks and love the sound.
    Love Cornwall, but like you living up North (Cheshire) it's such a long drive to get there..and even longer getting back (feels like)..Glad you enjoyed your birthday treat!

  2. Really enjoying a virtual holiday. Lovely photos thankyou.It makes a wonderful start to my day to take a trip with my morning coffee.

  3. Hi Ilona Mayze Heidi and Oscar - so glad you are having a lovely holiday and thanks for posting these beautiful photos of St.Ives Cornwall. Looking at them makes you feel you are there. You deserve a lovely holiday for you are such a kind person to vulnerable people and animals. I follow your example and dote on my two rescued cats. Today a friend of ours called and we went out for a meal and a drink it was so pleasant and the weather is really good. Enjoy Ilona. Love Liz Amy and Benny.xxxxxx

  4. Lovely photos of St. Ives, but I must say that when we visited a few years ago I wasn't too impressed with it. I'm talking from a disabled person's point of view and there are too many complaints to mention in a comment.

  5. Looks lovely, made me want to go back there again as well! Looking forward to the textile art pics.

  6. I love St Ives and I watch this live webcam every day, winter or summer there is always something to see.

  7. Ive still got a photo that was taken in St Ives getting on for 40 years ago.We all look so young on it!I love the views of the sea.I could sit there all day watching the sea pounding the rocks.We used to spend many hours up on Dover cliffs as a child with my parents,taking a picnic and watching the boats come in and out.Happy Days!Im loving your photos Ilona,xx

  8. I love taking trips with you! Thank you for sharing. I must admit, I am rather jealous of all your open walking paths, here in the US we don't have things like that. Rather sad. Someday, more than anything I want to visit your world. Lovely.


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