Family Walking Adventure 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.
Kids will love picturesque St Ives, and the facilities at our Country House, Chy Morvah, will keep them even more entertained. Its seaside location makes a great base for our guided family walking holidays.
- Circular walk from St Ives to Porthmeor surfing and bathing beach
- From the white sands of Sennen Cove to the famous landmark of Land's End
- Paddling, rockpooling and spotting seals
- Lizard Green and the cliff path to Kynance Cove
Great reasons to join us
- Family friendly: KIDS GO FREE if booked by 31 December 2016. After this date children under 11 go FREE and children up to 17 get a 50% discount
- Little-legs friendly: designed for younger families, as well as our usual selection of up to 3 walks, these holidays also offer an extra-short, part-day walking option
- Child friendly: the part-day walks leave the afternoons to check out local family attractions, before dinner at 6.30pm to keep the little ones happy
- Expert leaders: our friendly walks leaders will ensure that families get the most out of the walks
- Activity leaders: our activity leaders organise children’s activities and games for younger children before dinner, and for the whole family after dinner
- Peace of mind: only families can book on our dedicated Family Holidays - the kids get the run of the Country House in a safe environment
- Free day: on our 7 night holidays, enjoy a day without walks to get out and make the most of the nearby family-friendly attractions
See our Family Adventure Guide for more information about our holidays and accommodation.
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.
Our classic bedrooms offer comfortable accommodation and an en-suite bathroom with bath or shower. They also have TV, hairdryer, and tea and coffee making facilities. Single rooms are available for an extra £8 per night.
You can enjoy extra space or exceptional views plus additional facilities including a towelling robe and complimentary slippers when you upgrade to a premium bedroom. Premium rooms are available at just £5 extra per person per night.
If you are travelling with your family, we have a selection of 3 and 4-bedded family bedrooms. These have all the facilities of our classic rooms plus full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk beds or occasional beds for children.
All our Country Houses are tailored to walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and have excellent boot and drying rooms and laundry facilities.
Chy Morvah has been designed to make maximum use of its splendid elevated position and sea views. The panoramic main lounges enjoy views across St Ives Bay and form a flexible and sociable open-plan room.
The dining room is particularly light and has a conservatory front overlooking the gardens and the sea. There is also a ballroom which can be used for a variety of evening activities and a comfortable bar. Free WiFi is available in some public rooms. There is also a range of board games and books.
Chy Morvah has attractive gardens with sea views. The heated outdoor pool is always popular with our guests (open April – September, weather permitting). Table football and boules are available in the garden.
All holidays at our Country Houses are Full Board with all meals included, from dinner on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure.
Start your day with our extensive breakfast. Choose from a wide selection on the cold buffet and/or a full cooked breakfast. Maybe enjoy a lighter option of fruit and yoghurt followed by scrambled egg, go for porridge followed by a full English breakfast, or select something in between.
Choose from our famous self-select picnic lunches - everything you need to keep you going on a day outdoors. Your own choice of sandwiches is prepared to order, and you can add crisps and snacks, fruit, nuts, chocolate bars, sweets and biscuits as you wish.
Our house-based Leisure Activities include an in-house lunch (generally soup, sandwiches etc).
The relaxed dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses. With tables seating up to 10 and no seating plan, it offers a great opportunity to get to know your fellow guests. There is always a choice of dishes for every course, featuring good British cooking and often local specialities. A vegetarian option is always available.
All our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
Guided Walking: enjoy a glass of wine or local beer in the bar before a talk about the next day's walks. After dinner there will be an activity or entertainment which you will be welcome to join. These vary from week to week but a highlight during summer is a performance at the famous open air Minack Theatre (usually every Tuesday). In addition there could be the opportunity to enjoy a talk on local history, a team quiz, or a stroll into St Ives itself. Alternatively if you prefer, feel free to just relax in our lounge or bar.
Leisure Activities: many of our Leisure Activities holidays continue into the evening with programmed sessions. Other holidays will have the evenings free, and you will be welcome to join in other social activities that may be happening in the house.
Family holidays: our activity leaders are on hand to organise children’s activities and games for younger children before dinner. These could include rounders, outdoor games, or crafts. After dinner there are further activities for the whole family.
Self-Guided Walking: there may be evening social activities happening in the house during your holiday, and you will be most welcome to join in. However, not all self-guided holidays will have evening activities available – if these are important to you, please check before booking.
Due to the layout of Chy Morvah, it is not recommended for wheelchair users and guests with restricted mobility.
Arrival & car parking facilities
- There is ample free parking for guests, with 2 spaces for disabled drivers
- The surface of the car park is tarmac and the car park is on level ground
- Assistance can be provided with luggage
Main entrance & reception
- From the main car park to the main house there is a smooth pathway, which has 2 sets of steps to the Reception door (3ft wide)
- The first set has 7 steps (each being 8 inches high, 11 inches deep) and the second set has 2 steps (both are 8 inches high, 24 inches deep). There is a handrail (32 inches high) and the steps are lit at night time
- Entrance from disabled parking is via 2 steps with limited access through the ballroom fire door
- There is level access from the main car park to the Lanyons building, however all bedrooms in Lanyons are on the first and second floor
- Assistance and porterage is available on request
Public areas - hall, stairs, landing, corridors etc
- All public areas are well lit and carpeted, with the exception of Ballroom, Art Studio and games Room which have wooden flooring
- Minimum door width is 2ft 6 inches
Public areas - sitting room, lounges
- The main house has main office / mini-shop, lounge, bar, conservatory, dining room, ballroom and public toilets on the ground floor and bedrooms on various floors, including the ground floor
- Lanyons has the following facilities on the ground floor: Art room, games room, washing and drying facilities, boot room and public toilet
- The door widths to the public rooms are: Ball room 5ft, bar 3ft, ballroom fire door 2ft 6inches, art room 3ft and games room 3ft. The lounge has no door
- The lounge is L shaped, approximately 50ft x 20ft
- Unisex public toilets on the ground floor are accessed via 1 step of 8in high. The door is 2ft 6inches wide
- Toilet seat height 18 inches, hand basin 30 inches high
- The ladies toilet on the ground floor is accessed via 3 steps up (a hand rail, each step is 8 inches high and 11 inches wide), followed by 3 steps down (each step is 8 inches high and 12 inches deep). The entrance door to the ladies toilet is 3ft wide, the cubicle door is 2ft 6 inches
- Toilet seat height 18 inches, hand basin 32 inches
Dining room & bar
- The ground floor dining room seats 60 in circular tables
- The table height is 16 inches, the armless chairs are 18 inches high with the back rest of 40 inches
- The approximate size of the dining room is 50ft x 20ft
- Waitress service, except on buffet nights. Assistance available, if required
- The bar has tub stools that are 18 inches high and the high bar stools are 30 inches high
- Tables in the bar area are 16 inches high. The approximate bar area is 15ft x 10ft
- Outdoor pool, which can be accessed from the Basement level rooms without incurring any steps
- Pool size 20ft x 30ft. Heated between May and September
- Pool surrounded by paving stones
- The pool complied with the relevant Health & Safety standards, but does not have lifting equipment
- Pool alarm situated beside the pool for emergencies
- Bedrooms are situated on the lower ground, ground, first and second floors of the main house and first and second floor of Lanyons
- The two bedrooms best suited for anyone with restricted mobility are room 24 (single) and room 33 (twin), both are on the ground floor of the main house
- The beds are 2ft 6 inches high and 3ft wide
- Minimum door width 2ft 6 inches
- All bedrooms are en-suite, most rooms are with a shower, but rooms with bath are also available
- All rooms are carpeted and well lit
- All furniture, including beds is movable
- All en-suite, most with a shower, but rooms with bath are also available
- Bathrooms for rooms 24 and 33 have a shower. Bathroom door width 2ft 6 inches, toilet height 16 inches, hand basin 30 inches, shower step 10 inches high. No hand rail
- Lino flooring
- 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
We’ve a fantastic selection of walks for 2016 - see below. Please check back here in November for any variations for our 2017 holidays.
Sunday: Fields and coasts around St Ives
Family Walk: Walking from Chy Morvah along lanes and fields, we head towards the sea at Carbis Bay, east of St Ives. There are great views from the coast path and a brilliant ending at Porthminster Beach in St Ives. 3 miles (5km) with 600 feet (180m) of ascent.
Easier Walk: We walk from St Ives to Knill’s Monument and the promontory of Carrick Gladden, before following the South West Coast Path to Carbis Bay and back into St Ives, via the Balking House used by the long extinct Cornish pilchard fishing industry. 5 miles (8km) with 800 feet (240m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: From St Ives we head up to Knill’s Monument, then drop to join the coast near Lelant church. We follow the South West Coast Path back to St Ives through the dunes along the side of the St Erth railway, then around Carrick Gladden and Carbis Bay. 7 miles (11km) with 1,000 feet (300m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: Today we walk St Michael’s Way, part of the European network of the ways of St James – pilgrim routes dating back to early Christianity. Starting from St Michael’s Mount and Marazion, we walk inland then swing east to the Hayle estuary to finish at Lelant Church before picking up the train for the short trip back to St Ives. 11 miles (17.5km) with 1,300 feet (390m) of ascent.
Monday: Coast and Cliffs of The Land’s End Peninsula
Family Walk: Today’s highlight is the fabulous beach at Sennen Cove, which we reach across fields from Trevescan. After making the most of the huge white sand beach with its safe swimming, pretty village with working fishing boats and lifeboat station, we walk the short distance along the cliffs to one of Britain’s best loved landmarks, Land’s End. There is a playground here to keep everyone happy. 3 miles (5 km) with 300 feet (90m) of ascent.
Easier Walk: From an inland start at Polgigga, we walk across tracks and field paths to Mill Bay, then cross the peninsula to the fantastic beach at Sennen Cove. After plenty of time at the beach we continue along the granite cliffs to Land’s End. 5 miles (8km) with 600 feet (180m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Starting at Treen, we follow the coast path via the National Trust’s Penberth Cove, the Iron Age remains of Treryn Dinas castle, Porthcurno and Rowena Cade’s remarkable open-air Minack Theatre to finish at Land’s End. 7 miles (11km) with 1,000 feet (300m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: Walking from St Loy, we follow the coast path to Land’s End, taking in many of the same sights as the Medium Walk. 8 miles (13km) with 1,300 feet (390m) of ascent.
Tuesday: Coast Path West of St Ives
Family Walk: Walking from Chy Morvah, we head out through the town, before crossing the fields and descending to the South West Coast Path near Clodgy Point. We return along the coast, with opportunities to stop at Porthmeor Beach or St Ives harbour. 3 miles (5km) with 600 feet (180m) of ascent.
Easier Walk: From St Ives we walk to Clodgy Point, turning inland at Pen Enys Point and returning along the 18th century packhorse route of the Tinners’ Way as it crosses a prehistoric field system. 6 miles (9.5km) with 600 feet (180m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Crossing prehistoric fields from St Ives, we pass the farming and mining hamlets of Trevega, Boscubben and Treveal; then on to Mussel Point and River Cove where we may see seals before returning to St Ives on the South West Coast Path. 9 miles (14.5km) with 1,200 (360m) feet of ascent.
Harder Walk: Following the Tinners’ Way from St Ives, we head for the picturesque village of Zennor with its medieval church and Tinners Arms pub before returning along the coast via River Cove to St Ives. 11 miles (17.5km) with 1,400 feet (420m) of ascent.
Thursday: The Lizard Peninsula and Kynance Cove
Family Walk: From Lizard Green we walk down to England’s most southerly point at Polpeor Cove, passing the many small shops selling objects made out of the Lizard’s famous serpentine stone. We then walk to Lizard Point and follow the cliff path to the beautiful National Trust-owned beach at Kynance Cove, with perhaps time for a swim before returning to Lizard Green. 4 miles (6.5km) with 400 feet (120m) of ascent.
Easier Walk: Walking from Lizard Green, we take the cliff path around Bass Point and high above Polpeor Cove. We return to Lizard Green along a ‘Cornish hedge’ footpath. 5 miles (8km) with 400 feet (120m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: From Mullion we follow the coast path to the picturesque harbour of Mullion Cove and along the cliffs to Kynance. We continue on to Lizard Green. 8 miles (13km) with 900 feet (270m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: Today we take a circular walk from Lizard Green – tracking along the coast to the quaint fishing village of Cadgwith, the collapsed caves of the Devil’s Frying Pan, Lizard Head and Kynance Cove. 9 miles (14.5km) with 900 feet (270m) of ascent.
Friday: Shipwrecks, Smuggling and St Michael’s Mount
Family Walk: From the small Cornish harbour town of Porthleven with its fishing boats and beach (great for paddling and rockpooling) we walk along the coast and through the Penrose estate to end at Helston at a pleasant park and café. 4 miles (6.5km) with 200 feet (60m) of ascent.
Easier Walk: Starting at the beach of Praa Sands on the west side of the Lizard peninsula, we take the undulating coast path to Prussia Cove and Perranuthnoe, with stunning views of St Michael’s Mount. Finishing at Marazion, there may be time to walk the causeway to the Mount, tide permitting. 6 miles (9.5km) with 800 feet (240m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: From the mine buildings of Wheal Prosper (made famous by the BBC’s Poldark series) at Rinsey Head, we join the coast path to the mile long beach of Praa Sands, and then on to the ancient town of Marazion via Prussia Cove and Perranuthnoe. 8 miles (13km) with 900 feet (270m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: From the picturesque fishing and one-time industrial harbour of Porthleven we follow an outstanding coastline to Trewavas Head – with dramatic views of lovingly restored mine buildings – before walking to Marazion via Praa Sands, Prussia Cove and Perranuthnoe. 11 miles (17.5km) with 1,600 feet (480m) of ascent.
Terrain: Family Walks finish earlier in the afternoon to suit little legs - walks are not suitable for pushchairs. Easier Walks have some short, steep ascents on the coastal path. Medium Walks follow the undulating, sometimes rocky coastal path. Harder Walks have some steeper and rougher sections on the coastal path.
Transport: On some days the walks start or finish at Chy Morvah; on other days we use hired transport at the start and/or end of the walks. The cost of all transport to and from the walks is included in the price of your holiday.
Our guests: Only families can book this holiday. These holidays are ideal for families with younger children and toddlers.
Free day: Each seven night holiday has a free day on the Wednesday for you to explore independently. Working in partnership with Oates Travel we are able to offer a day trip to The Eden Project on the free day. These run after Easter until October. A supplementary cost is payable for this trip.
In the evenings: Your leaders will talk about the choice of walks for the next day and answer any questions you may have. Before dinner the activity leaders will run an activity suitable for the younger children. After a sociable evening meal you could join in an evening activity created specifically for all the family or use the Country House facilities.
See our Family Adventure Guide for more information about our holidays and accommodation.
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,
Chy Morvah, Bishops Road, The Belyars, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 2DB
By train: The nearest railway station is St Ives, however you may find the journey to St Erth on the main line more convenient. Please note that St Erth has a very steep bridge. 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).
By taxi: St Ives station is only ½ mile from Chy Morvah, but it is rather a steep uphill walk. Taxis cost approx £3.50 per taxi for this short transfer. Every year we negotiate a pre-booked rate for these journeys. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. We recommend pre-booking your taxi and the taxi company will arrange shared taxis wherever possible. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Chy Morvah Manager.
By car: Head to Cornwall via the A30. At a large roundabout take the A3074 signposted to St Ives. Pass through Lelant and Carbis Bay. Pass the Treganna Castle on the left, then as you approach St Ives take the left fork, following signs to visitor parking and leisure centre. Follow the road and turn left up the steep hill. Almost immediately the road turns left again by the Longships Hotel, but at this junction turn right and go up the hill. Chy Morvah is in front of you. 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. Free parking is available.
To help you plan your journey, use www.traveline.info
|Date & Rating||Customer Review||HF Holidays says|
30 Aug 2016, 7:26 p.m.
The overall concept of the HF holiday is uniformly excellent. Some slight quirks of the booking process from last year seem to have been ironed out
I think this was the most brilliant family holiday we've ever had!
26 Aug 2016, 8:22 a.m.
HF are always good value
All my family had a wonderful time at Chy Morvah.
Staff so helpful and friendly. Just one point I would make, the childrens' meals lacked vegetables apart from if it was fish fingers, then there were peas, but any other choices had no vegetables with them at all. We felt that was a serious omission.
24 Aug 2016, 8:20 p.m.
Very good service when calling, professional booking etc. and a well-tested model for the specific holidays they offer
This was a Family Week and I can't praise the model or its implementation too highly. The volunteer walk leaders and the paid Childrens' Activity leaders were uniformly friendly, engaged and completely competent.
23 Aug 2016, 9 a.m.
No review provided
Excellent food and service
23 Aug 2016, 7:21 a.m.
Enjoyable holiday. The leaders were generally informative and supportive. The hotel facilities were good and the rooms were excellent. The children with me loved the swimming pool and the play areas. My only disappointment was the food, the evening meals were lacking vegetables especially the childrens meal which were also boring in choice. Hotel staff didn't engage with guests.
The walks were good and the leaders were informative. The children enjoyed the walks which were fun, certainly the cornish coast make it a interesting area to walk with the variety of scenery and history, pirates and smugglers always a winner!
19 Aug 2016, 7:32 p.m.
We have a very enjoyable holiday
We all enjoyed the family holiday
16 Aug 2016, 7:22 p.m.
11 Aug 2016, 11:34 a.m.
9 Aug 2016, 3:19 p.m.
Competent leaders and good range of locations both in UK and abroad. Always enjoyable.
Great location and good hotel.
9 Aug 2016, 12:52 p.m.
No review provided
Excellent service from all staff and leaders
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Dates & Prices
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Prices are per person
- All child prices are based on sharing with an adult. Children not sharing an adult's room will be subject to a £50 surcharge per child per stay. A single room charge of £5 per child per night will be made where applicable.
- Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person