Cornish Chronicles: St Ives

St Ives harbour
St Ives harbour

In 2012 and 2013, our autumn holidays were dictated by the touring schedule of Mr Leonard Cohen (Berlin and Dublin respectively). As he had the audacity to miss a year (well, he is 80) we had to make our own arrangements for 2014. We decided to go to Cornwall, the extreme south-west tip of England, which I, to my shame, had never visited, and which John had only visited as a young child. In fact, we spent a whole week exploring the extreme south-west of the extreme south-west, not straying far from the Penwith Peninsula, that crooked finger that juts out from St Ives (where we stayed) to Land’s End.

St Ives has a maze of narrow alleys and lanes, often with peculiar names, tumbling steeply down to its beautiful harbour and three sandy beaches. This does mean that wherever you are staying, there are a lot of hills to climb! Originally a pilchard harbour, these days it is more of an arts centre – although we were disappointed to find that Tate St Ives closed for two weeks for rehanging as soon as we arrived. We did manage to visit its roof-top café for coffee with a view, which compensated a bit. (Barbara Hepworth’s studio was open, but that will feature in a later post.) As you can see from the gallery below, despite being the end of September / beginning of October, the weather was glorious.

Our base in St Ives was The Nook, a comfortable guest-house with friendly staff and good breakfasts. The room was quite small (though with plenty drawer and wardrobe space), but that didn’t matter as we were out and about so much. Cornish Chronicles to be continued soon…..


  1. I followed Jude over here to check out what you got up to in St Ives. I’m glad you liked it, looks like you did a lot of walking, those cliff paths keep you fit. Glorious photos Anabel 🙂


    • We loved tramping those cliff paths – and we were amazingly lucky with the weather for the time of year (Sept/Oct). I keep a photographer handy (aka husband) for most shots, I shall pass on your compliment.


    • Thanks – not so peaceful the day we arrived as it was the end of their festival, but many tourists must have gone home after that and it was much more quiet. Some beautiful coastal walks coming up when I sort the rest of my pictures out…


  2. This place looks lovely and it reminds me a little of a TV Show my hubby & I love to watch which is Doc Martin. It is a tiny village with steep hills also. I have to say as soon as I see little fishing boats in the water I find it strangely and weirdly depressing. I have ever since I was a little kid. I have no idea why. Take the small boats out and it is perfect, place one rowboat in and instant depression. I feel like the person in the boat was lost at sesa-how weird is that?


    • Doc Martin was filmed in Port Isaac which is further east from where we were, but still in Cornwall. I know someone who originally comes from there, but we didn’t get that far this time. Maybe you were affected by something on the news about a fishing boat sinking when you were young, and it’s left you with that feeling? A helicopter crashed in Glasgow just before Christmas last year and now the sound of one always makes me nervous.


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