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Sightseeing in Cornwall doesn’t always come with a price tag. Some of the best parts of Cornwall are free to anyone with sturdy legs and a laissez faire attitude to windblown hair. Some of the most beautiful walks in the UK are around St Ives, which makes it the perfect base to explore the Coastal Path and some of the traditional Cornish villages.

In a fit of over-enthusiasm we walked from St Agnes to St Ives and while the scenery was spectacular we found 25 miles of coastal path in one day very hard going. Try it if you’re amazingly fit and wonderfully gung-ho (we are not!).

The Coastal Path

If you’d like to walk the coastal path the South West Coast Path website is a very helpful resource, you can find it by clicking here. Here are some examples of walks and distances from St Ives, along the coastal path.

St Ives to St Agnes – 24.8 miles

St Ives to Zennor – 6.5 miles

St Ives to Pendeen – 13.7 miles

St Ives to Land’s End – 24.1 miles

St Ives to Portreath – 17.9 miles

There are also plenty of circular walks if you want to end up in the same place as you started, however the public transport (bus) system is good for walkers and you can find details of the timetable here (this will take you to the Cornwall Public Transport website).

Some parts of the Coastal Path are easy going and good for families or those who are not used to strenuous exercise; however some parts can be tough going even for the more experienced walker. Please use the South West Coastal Path website to check the terrain of your walk in advance, and always be sure to take plenty of water and wear good hiking boots.

Cornwall is stunningly beautiful – help keep it that way by keeping to the signposted paths, take your litter with you, shut gates and keep dogs on leads where requested.

We have plenty of maps, ideas and walks at Little Leaf Guest House and will be delighted to share our experience and recommend the best places for you.

Walk safe and enjoy.

Walking with dogs

The beaches in Cornwall have strict codes for dog walking. Please check before you set off what beaches allow dogs and what don’t. Try this website for a quick reference guide by clicking here (will open the Cornish Coast site).