Corners of Cornwall

There are secret corners on Cornwall's two coasts
In this land of smugglers and shipwrecks and ghosts
'Sunny Corner' St Ives is one of those spots
That big blue horizon with tiny white yachts.

Relax, dream of pasties and Cornish cream teas
Where white seagulls float on the gentle,sea breeze
Corners like Mousehole, Porthcurno, Lamorna
But none can compare with St Ives 'Sunny Corner'.

                                  Malcolm Bowmer

This is a poem by a local artist whose pictures we fell in love with.

Our artist interpretation of St Ives (photo above manipulated and stretched)


The day started with a train ride from the park & ride at Lelant Saltings with instructions to sit on the right side of the carriage to get the best views. Coming into St Ives Bay is a feast for the eyes.

I said it yesterday but will repeat it again, the light down here is incredible. The blues and whites punch out with such intensity.

The hotel at Pedn-Olva (‘lookout headland’) is on the site of an engine house from a copper mine, (Wheal Providence), and at the foot of the cliff below there are the remains of a granite wall to protect the early nineteenth-century mine adit from the sea. According to local legend, smugglers once hid fifteen barrels of brandy in the shaft and they remain there to this day!

We gently strolled down through the narrow cobbled streets packed tightly together with shops selling the usual suspects such as Crew Clothing, SeaSalt, WeirdFish but also independent shops selling artisan goods. Lots of lovely places to browse (Poor Mike). 

When we reached the harbour the tide was on the turn ready to come in, so we wandered out to the harbour wall where we took lots of photos of the beautiful town bathed in brilliant sunshine with azure coloured sky.

We decided on Fish & Chips for lunch today, so perused many of the harbour restaurant menus. Finally deciding on The Harbour Fish & Chips. Unfortunately we didn’t see the sign that stated ‘gourmet’ … errr.. since when did you eat fish and chips in a black bowl? The only thing ‘gourmet’ about the meal was the price  (£26).

The tide comes in rapidly here and before we knew it the harbour was full of water and floating boats. The light changed again as we walked around the headland, past Porthgwidden Beach to St Nicholas Chapel.

Heading back down we treated ourselves to an ice-cream and retraced our steps back to the station ready for the ride back to the park & ride (on the left hand side of the carriage this time of course).

We just got back to site as the sun was setting so we quickly drove to Gwithian Bay where we were yesterday and stood with all the other visitors waiting for nature’s stunning sunset. It didn’t disappoint as you can see.

Beware – Chip & Ice-Cream Thieves
Gull-ible – waiting for Lobsters
Watch Tower
Boats on the Harbour


Rooftops over St Ives
Sunset & Vera at Gwithian
We had a super day in St Ives

One Comment Add yours

  1. Anne Hardy says:

    You two are making me really have “itchy feet” with your tales! Your descriptions, together with the photos, are so good that I nearly feel I am there too! Room for 1 more???LOL Keep writing, you are doing a great job! xx

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