Walking with Sightseeing at St Ives
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Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
Take time to discover the landscape and heritage of Cornwall with this perfect mix of guided walks with sightseeing visits. We'll discover the history of shipwrecks on our walk from the Lizard lighthouse to Kynance Cove, and visit Geevor Tin Mine, then walk along the coastal path to Land’s End. We'll also explore St Ives and cross the causeway to the castle on St Michael’s Mount.
Chy Morvah, meaning 'house by the sea' in Cornish, is an appropriate name for this characteristic seaside property. Situated within walking distance of the centre of St Ives, it enjoys wonderful views along the north Cornwall coast.
Chy Morvah has 39 bedrooms, either located in the main building or in the adjacent Lanyons House.
Choose your room
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
• Check-in from 1:30pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children
|• Excellent boot and drying rooms
• Laundry facilities
• Chy Morvah has a splendid elevated position with sea views
• The main lounges enjoy views across St Ives bay
• Dining room
|• Conservatory front
• Free WiFi is available in some public rooms
• Range of board games and books
• Attractive gardens with sea views
| • Heated outdoor swimming pool (Open April to September, weather permitting)
• Table football
|All holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
√ Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
Due to the layout of Chy Morvah, it is not recommended for wheelchair users and guests with restricted mobility.
- Fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance at an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards are issued
- Mobile phone reception is generally good from the main building
- Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome; dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times
- Information can be provided in large print
- Staff have received disability awareness training
- Special diets can be catered for. Specialist food can be obtained with prior notice
- Fridge for medication can be supplied
Sunday: The Lizard, Kynance Cove and an ice-cream farm!
Today we walk to the most southerly point in Britain, the Lizard. In the morning we visit the Lizard Lighthouse Heritage Centre, including an optional tour of the historic lighthouse itself. In the afternoon we can see the remains of the old lifeboat house and slipway as we walk to Kynance Cove, along the top of a ‘Cornish hedge’.
Monday: Geevor Tin Mine, Land’s End and Sennen Cove
Magnificent coast accompanies our drive towards Geevor, where we stop to learn about how the tin was extracted from the rocks at Geevor Tin Mine. From here we follow a trail that takes us through the history of tin mining, to the scenic setting of Botallack. We then hop aboard the bus for a short transfer to Land's End and a walk along a classic section of the coast path to the beautiful beach at Sennen Cove. 3 miles (5km) with 530 feet (160m) of ascent in total.
Tuesday: St Michael’s Mount
Our walk begins at Higher Kenneggy, dropping to the coast at Prussia Cove, to follow the South West Coast Path to Marazion, and the iconic 300-foot granite island of St Michael’s Mount with its castle and 14th century church. Access to St Michael's Mount is by ferry or foot, depending on the tides. The walk today has some steep ups and downs. 6 miles (9.5km) with 800 feet (260m) of ascent and 1,050 feet (320m) of descent.
Wednesday: free day
Thursday: Porthcurno and Mousehole
A visit to the mythical Merry Maidens stone circle before we begin our walk from the village of Treen, passing through the pretty National Trust village of Penberth and along the coast past the famous Logan Rock, to reach beautiful beach at Porthcurno. There's time this afternoon to relax on the beach, visit the Telegraph Museum, or to explore the grounds of the Minack before we transfer for a visit to the pretty harbour of Mousehole. 2.5 miles (4km) with 450 feet (135m) of ascent.
Friday: Lelant, Carbis Bay and St Ives
We take the train today, along to Lelant, to begin our walk along the South West Coast Path, and some of St Michael's Way, passing Carrack Gladden, Carbis Bay and ending in St Ives. We've left the afternoon free to explore St Ives. Pick up some last minute souvenirs, or maybe take a wildlife watching cruise, visit the Tate, or relax and enjoy the hubbub at the beach. 3.5 miles (6km) with 700 feet (210m) of ascent.
- Walks are up to 6 miles (9.5km) with up to 800 feet (260m) of ascent. The nature of the coast path means that some of the ascents and descents are sharp and steep.
- Each holiday visits a selection of museums, historic buildings and attractions, whose entrance is optional. Please allow between £20 and £40 for admissions, less if you bring your National Trust card; additional cost for the Minack Theatre (details below)
- The seven night holiday has a free day on the Wednesday for you to explore independently
A visit to the Minack Theatre is available to all guests on a Tuesday evening from May to September. There is a supplementary cost which includes return coach travel, ticket for the performance and blanket hire from Chy Morvah.
St Michael's Mount image credited to Mike Newman
Chy Morvah is situated in the attractive seaside town of St Ives. A 10 minute downhill walk will take you to the harbour and old town; a maze of narrow streets and shops. The harbour front is always bustling with activity, and there are numerous artists’ galleries to enjoy. There are also two excellent sandy beaches. Nearby Porthminster Beach (5 to 10 minutes' walk) is very sheltered and very popular with families. Porthmeor Beach on the far side of town (15 to 20 minutes' walk) is more exposed and excellent for surfing. There are several surf schools if you want to give this a go – a popular option for all ages! St Ives has a full range of facilities including shops, banks, chemists, pubs and cafés.
During your stay at Chy Morvah you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:
Tate Gallery & Barbara Hepworth Gallery
Opened in 1993, this branch of the Tate Gallery celebrates Cornwall’s rich artistic legacy. Tate St Ives also manages the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, which gives a remarkable insight into the work and outlook of one of Britain's most important 20th century artists. Both galleries are within easy walking distance of Chy Morvah. www.tate.org.uk
Justifiably popular with visitors, the fascinating ‘Biomes’ of the Eden Project house a flamboyant collection of plants from around the world. Explore the two gigantic geodesic conservatories – one a majestic rainforest, the other is host to the fruits and flowers of the Mediterranean, South Africa and California. Outside the extensive grounds are landscaped and produce tea, lavender, sunflowers and hemp. The Eden Project is just over an hour's drive from St Ives. Between May and September guests staying at Chy Morvah are able to book a coach excursion each Wedneday, organised by Oates Travel. www.edenproject.com
St Michael’s Mount
The jewel in Cornwall's crown, a fairytale island with an exotic garden, ancient harbour, a church and a medieval castle. Access from Marazion is by foot along the causeway, or by ferry at high water. Marazion is about 20 minutes' drive from St Ives, and can also be reached by regular local buses. www.stmichaelsmount.co.uk
National Maritime Museum
Cornwall's £21 million attraction in Falmouth is housed in an award winning building on the harbour-side. The museum transports you into the world of small boats and Cornish maritime history. Falmouth is about 50 minutes' drive from St Ives, and a day here could include visits to Pendennis Castle, or a delightful boat trip up the River Fal to Truro. www.nmmc.co.uk
National Seal Sanctuary
Situated at Gweek beside the Helford estuary, the seal sanctuary cares for injured or abandoned seals, before returning them to the wild. The seal sanctuary is about 40 minutes' drive from St Ives. www.sealsanctuary.co.uk
Geevor Tin Min
Discover Cornwall's mining heritage at this excellent museum. Guided underground trips as well as surface tours are available. The musem is about 30 minutes' drive from St Ives, and can also be reached using the 300 open-top bus. www.geevor.com
Lost Gardens of Heligan
Created in the mid 18th century, the gardens at Heligan are one of the best examples in Britain, famed for displays of rhododendrons and camellias. Following years of neglect they have been subject to extensive restoration work over the last 20 years. The gardens, located near Mevagissey are just over an hour's drive from St Ives. www.heligan.com
This uniquely situated open-air theatre is cut into the cliffs at Porthcurno, near Lands End. Performances take place most evenings with some afternoon matinees. The Rowena Cade Exhibition Centre tells the story of its creation. An evening theatre visit is offered on most weeks to guests staying at Chy Morvah (May to September). www.minack.com
St Michaels Mount image credited to Mike Newman, Eden Project image ©Hufton+Crow,
Travel to St Ives
Our address is: Chy Morvah, Bishops Road, The Belyars, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 2DB
The nearest railway station is St Ives, however you may find the journey to St Erth on the main line more convenient. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).
St Ives station is only ½ mile from Chy Morvah, but it is rather a steep uphill walk. Taxis cost approx £4 for this short transfer. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Chy Morvah Manager.
Head to Cornwall via the A30. At a large roundabout take the A3074 signposted to St Ives (2nd Exit). You will now come to 2 small roundabouts, go straight across the first and take a right at the second heading towards the village of Lelant. Pass through Lelant and Carbis Bay on the same road.
Pass Tescos and the Treganna Castle hotel on your left hand side, then as you approach St Ives take the left fork which heads slightly up hill, following signs to visitor parking and the leisure centre. Follow the road and turn left up the steep hill. Almost immediately the road turns left again but instead of following the road around to the left you need to turn off the road and head directly up the hill on Porthminster Terrace.
Chy Morvah is right in front of you at the top of the hill. To reach the car park drive left past the front of Chy Morvah and turn immediately right behind the back of the building. The car park is on the right 15 yards along the lane called Bishops road.
Travelling from overseas
For most guests, travelling to London Heathrow airport is the most convenient option.
From Heathrow first take the train to London Paddington station. From here there are direct trains to St Erth, and finally a short branch line train to St Ives.This is a relatively straightforward, if lengthy journey - allow 6½ hours, so a morning arrival into Heathrow would be preferable.
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