Visit Port Isaac
Port Isaac is a tiny fishing village on the Atlantic Coast of North Cornwall. Whitewashed cottages line the green cliffs around the Port Isaac harbor. A few fishing boats float about the sheltered waters. And, locals and visitors follow the coastal pathway around the village, taking in the wondrous views of this perfect place. Port Isaac manages to exhibit a harmonious relationship between nature and humankind. After an hour or two of walking around the village, grab a pastry at May Contain Nuts, and hit the road.
Where to Park in Port Isaac: New Road Long Stay Car Park
- Up to 1 hour – 70 p
- 1 – 2 hours – 2.20 GBP
- 2 – 3 hours – 3.40 GBP
- 3 – 4 hours – 4.50 GBP
- 24 hours – 5.20 GBP
The Rumps and Pentire Point Walk, South West Coast Path
Trailhead: Lead Mines National Trust car park (Pentireglaz)
Distance: 4.2 miles, 6.7 km loop
Time Needed: 2 – 3 hours
The Rumps are a twin-headland in Northern Cornwall. Extending ceremoniously into the sea, the Rumps can be experienced by walking a section of the South West Coastal Path. The Pentire headland walk (see map) begins at the Lead Mines National Trust car park. From the carpark follow the trail to the coast. When you intersect the South West Coastal Path, make a left. The trail continues to the Rumps and ultimately to Pentire Point. From here, you can continue following the trail to Pentireglaze Haven (Beach) and then ultimately across a field (look for the sign) and back to the Lead Mines car park.
Carnewas at Bedruthan Steps
The Bedruthan Steps is a beach dotted with large granite rocks, north of Watergate Bay. The name was inspired by legend of Bedurthan, a giant who used the rock stacks as stepping stones in order to walk across the bay at high tide. You can enjoy the view from the clifftops, but to appreciate the sheer size of the stacks, head to the beach during low tide. Though swimming out into the sea is unsafe, there were lots of families bathing in the small pools at the base of the stacks (only possible during low tide).
Where to Park at Bedruthan Steps: Carnewas at Bedruthan Steps National Trust Car Park
- March 1st – October 31st: Up to 2 Hours – 2.50 GBP; 2 – 3 Hours – 3.50 GBP; 3- 4 hours – 4.50 GBP; All Day – 6 GBP
- November 1st – February 28th: 1 GBP per Visit
Walk from St. Agnes to Perranporth, South West Coast Path
Trailhead: St. Agnes
Distance: 3.6 miles, 5.8 km one-way
Time Needed: 2 -3 hours one-way
The walk from St. Agnes to Perranporth is spectacular. This stretch of coast is especially vibrant because of the red and yellow sandstone cliffs. Each bend in the trail offers moving landscapes, making it quite impossible to progress through this hike quickly.
Recommendation: Park in St. Agnes, take the Bus to Perranporth and walk back. Use this site to find out what bus to take.
St. Ives conjures up images of the perfect English seaside holiday. Lovely cafés, bakeries, pubs and shops line the promenade. Sandy beaches buttress the town, a plethora of fishing boasts fill up the harbour and the occassional seal makes a well-received appearance.
Where to Park in St. Ives: Barnoon Long Stay Car Park or Porthmeor Carpark.
Stay in St. Ives
Budget | The Queens Hotel is a centrally located boutique-style guesthouse in St. Ives and a mere 2-min walk to the harbour. Rooms are bright and comfortable. Food is locally sourced and excellent. On-site gastropub.
Mid-Range | Tregenna Castle Resort is set amidst 72 acres of private grounds. Overlooking the Cornish coast, Tregenna Caslte Resort features an indoor swimming pool, an outdoor seasonal swimming pool (late May to September), a golf course and two on-site restaurants.
Mid-Range | 27 The Terrace is an exceptional guesthouse in St. Ives. Rooms are airy, bright and beautiful. Guests have access to a garden, bar, and shared lounge. Breakfast is fantastic.