Enjoy an Active Holiday
The great thing about Cornwall is nowhere is really more than an hour away, so there is no excuse if you are feeling guilty about holiday excessiveness, to jump in your car and go out and explore the real Cornwall!
The Cornish coastline offers some spectacular walks along the South West coastal footpath where amazing scenery awaits you around every corner. Or why not explore the Lizard peninsula or the Helford passage where some pretty villages steeped in a bygone era await or find that secret cove for that very special picnic.
If you are feeling more energetic, then go cycling on some very safe routes where you seldom even have to go on a road, or explore the county by air by taking a scenic flight or if you fancy going further afield visit the Scilly isles by boat or helicopter, all of this can be done in a day!
The most popular cycle route is the renowned Camel trail at Padstow but consequently it is THE busiest and to be honest in peak season can be overcrowded, so we were determined to find a more local and even better route to suit all levels, that is seldom busy at any time of the year!
An old mining trail links up the north and south coast”s with a well marked route of around 14 miles from Portreath (North coast) to Devoran (South coast) and the best bit being you hardly have to leave the “way marked trail”.
You can hire bikes, hats etc from either just outside Portreath or at Bissoe, just inland from Devoran. For keen cyclists can either ride from coast to coast or alternatively choose a starting point on the north or south coast and go as far as you like. Cycle hire at Bissoe has plenty of parking and a cafe but there are also pubs along the route if only a pint will do!! Both places are around a 30 minute drive from St.Ives.
St Ives eBIKES
The smart way to explore St Ives and the surrounding area!
For those who fancy a slightly less effortless but equally enjoyable way of cycling and exploring the spectacular scenery in and around St Ives, whether it’s off south to Lands End taking in the stunning Coast road via Zennor past the real old Cornish land and seascapes or up to Godrevy lighthouse north of St Ives, to just a gentle meander over to explore St Michael’s Mount on the south coast, you must arrive in style & refreshed and try one of the brilliant new e-bikes to hire from St Ives eBIKES which have recently opened their superb hire & repair shop in St Ives.
One of my favourite personal trips this season was when my family visited from upcountry we hired 5 eBIKES and set off along the coast road towards Zennor taking in the spectacular scenery on the way. We cycled over the moor to Chysauster ancient village before heading back to the coast to the beautiful Ding Dong Mine an area of outstanding natural beauty and full of engine houses depicting Cornwalls past mining history. It was then back down to explore the pretty fishing village of Moushole via Newlyn before heading back for a very welcome delicious lunch at the Mexico inn at long rock. After lunch it was only a short cycle home to St Ives – We notched up 34 miles, but what was so memorable is that we all enjoyed the sightseeing so much thanks to not being worn out, all down to the eBIKES!
How about seeing Cornwall from above? Scenic flights are available from Lands End airport! Within seconds from take off, you have the most majestic views of the coastline and landscape below, a truly awe inspiring experience. The flight took in many prominent landmarks, beautiful beaches and hidden coves, with flying over St.Michaels Mount being one of the highlights (www.stmichaelsmount.co.uk) .
You can also fly over to the Isles of Scilly; learn to fly or even sign up for aerial photography lessons!
Visit the isles of Scilly
An island paradise just off the south tip of Cornwall. Take a short flight from Land’s End airport 25 minute flight over to St Mary’s for a full or half day. Explore the amazing Abbey sub- tropical gardens on Tresco or just walk around the islands admiring the scenery. There is also the option to take a boat crossing from Penzance, this can take up to 3 hours and is probably suited to a stay for more than one day.