Cornwall Family Walking Adventure

This classic, pretty seaside location is always popular with families


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Activity types:

  • Central location
  • Coastal
  • Families


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Choosing the level of your walks

Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. 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 grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £418.00 - 3 to 7 nights


Prices are per person

Holiday overview

Children Aged 5 and Under Go FREE

Enjoy the glorious Cornish coast. Our seaside house Chy Morvah is just a short walk from the wide sandy beach and bustling narrow streets of St Ives. Enjoy stunning walks around white-sand bays and coves and explore pretty fishing villages and ancient castles. 

Kids will love picturesque St Ives, and the facilities at our country house will keep them entertained for hours after a day of exploring. 

Adventure Highlights

  • Choice of up to 4 walks per day
  • Discover stories of shipwrecks and smuggling, with plenty of stops to build sandcastles on the way
  • Explore Land's End and the Minack open-air theatre
  • Hunt for serpentine stone on the Lizard and cross the causeway to St Michael's Mount

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HF Holidays' Chy Morvah in St Ives

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.


'Good' Rooms 

These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:

  • Check in from 2:30pm
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities
  • 23 inch TV
  • Toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Free WiFi

'Better' Rooms 

These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:

  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £15 per person per night

Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplement to upgrade to 'Better' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.

At the house

  • 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
  • Ballroom
  • Bar
  • Free WiFi is available in some public rooms
  • Range of board games and books
  • Attractive gardens with sea views
  • Heated outdoor swimming pool
    (Open May to September, weather permitting)
  • Table football
  • Boules
  • Mini-golf


An example of St Ives evening mealAll 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.
 Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the barJust relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.

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. 

More details on St Ives accessibility

Additional information

  • 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


Two teenage boys about to go walking

Family-friendly walks

Our family holidays offer the choice of up to 4 guided walks each day  – you can choose an Easier Walk one day and switch to a Harder Walk the next. Our routes range from short strolls that are ideal for little legs, to longer walks that will appeal to active teenagers.

  • 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
  • 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. 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.

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Sunday: St Ives & Carbis Bay

Option 1: Carbis Bay

Group of family walkers

Distance: 3 miles (5km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)

The walk in a nutshell: A gentle walk along the lanes to Carbis Bay, before heading back along the coast path to St Ives finishing on Porthminster Beach.

Don’t miss: If the weather is fine we can play on the fabulous beaches at Carbis Bay and St Ives - don't forget your bucket and spade!

Option 2: Knill's Monument

View over Carbis Bay beach

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)

The walk in a nutshell: A circular walk taking us from St Ives to Knill’s Monument and the promontory of Carrick Gladden, before following the coast path to Carbis Bay and back into St Ives.

Don’t miss: There's plenty of time to relax and enjoy the many delights of St Ives. Enjoy wandering through the narrow streets, enjoy an ice cream by the harbour, or just relax on the beach.

Option 3: Lelant & Carbis Bay

Walking along the coast path to Carbis Bay

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

The walk in a nutshell: Head up to Knill’s Monument, then drop down to join the coast near Lelant church. We follow the coastal path back to St Ives, passing through the dunes beside Porthkidney Sands, Carrick Gladden and Carbis Bay.

Don’t miss: Enjoy glorious views over St Ives Bay from Knill's Monument. Look out for the Balking House, once used by Cornish pilchard fishermen.

Option 4: St Michael's Way

The island of St Michael's Mount

Distance: 11 miles (17½ km)

Total ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

The walk in a nutshell: Follow the St Michael’s Way – a pilgrim routes dating back to early Christianity. Starting from St Michael’s Mount we walk across the peninsula to Lelant Church for the short train ride back to St Ives. 

Don’t miss: Enjoy great views over Cornwall's north and south coasts. The short train ride ranks as one of Britain's most scenic branch lines as it meanders above cliffs and sandy beaches.

Monday: The Land’s End Peninsula

Option 1: Sennen Cove

Fishing boats at Sennen Cove

Distance: 3 miles (5km)

Total ascent: 300 feet (90m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk over the fields from Trevescan to Sennen Cove. After lots of time on the beach, we'll continue atop the cliffs to the tip of Britain at Land's End.

Don’t miss: Today’s highlight is the fabulous beach at Sennen Cove; a huge white sand beach with its safe swimming, pretty village, working fishing boats and lifeboat station.

Option 2: Over the cliffs to Land's End

View from Treen Cliff

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (1800m)

The walk in a nutshell: From an inland start at Polgigga, we walk across tracks and field paths to Mill Bay and the old fishing village of Sennen Cove. After time on the beach we'll follow the coast path over the granite cliffs to Land’s End.

Don’t miss: The final section along the coast to the very tip of Britain at Land's End contains some of Cornwall's grandest scenery.

Option 3: Porthcurno & Land's End

Cliffs at Land's End

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk along the stunning southern coast from Treen to Land's End. On the way, you'll discover hidden coves, rugged headlands, and the open-air Minack Theatre.

Don’t miss: Porthcurno's beautiful white sandy beach, one of the finest in Cornwall. Look out for Rowena Cade’s remarkable open-air Minack Theatre cut into the cliffs above the village.

Option 4: St Loy to Land's End

Towering cliffs at Land's End

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 1,300 feet (390m)

The walk in a nutshell: A longer walk along the coast from St Loy to Land's End. This is coastal walking at its best; an opportunity to stride out and soak up the sea views.

Don’t miss: Reaching Land's End at the end of the walk standing on the very tip of Britain.


Wednesday: Coast Path West of St Ives

Option 1: Around St Ives

View over St Ives harbour and beach

Distance: 3 miles (5km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk through St Ives to the coast path near Clodgy Point. We return along the coast, with opportunities to stop at Porthmeor Beach or St Ives harbour.

Don’t miss: A short walk that allows plenty of time in St Ives in the afternoon. You may like to head to the beach, or swim in the pool.

Option 2: Clodgy Point

Pair of black and white Guillemots

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk along the rugged cliffs west of St Ives around Clodgy Point to Trevelga Cliff. Here we head inland and return along the 18th century packhorse route of the Tinners’ Way as it crosses a prehistoric field system.

Don’t miss: Lots of rugged coastal scenery, with the chance to see seabirds and seals.

Option 3: Mussel Point & River Cove

Seal bobbing its head out of the sea

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)

The walk in a nutshell: The inland section of the walk crosses prehistoric fields, passing the hamlets of Trevega, Boscubben and Treveal. We reach the coast at Mussel Point then follow the undulating rugged path over the cliffs and headlands back to St Ives.

Don’t miss: Look out for seals at River Cove, and later enjoy a well-deserved ice cream by Porthmeor beach when you arrive back in St Ives.

Option 4: Zennor to St Ives

Cliffs at Trevalga

Distance: 11 miles (18km)

Total ascent: 1,750 feet (540m)

The walk in a nutshell: Follow the Tinners’ Way from St Ives, heading through the fields to the picturesque village of Zennor with its medieval church and Tinners Arms pub.  We return along the rugged coastal path to St Ives past dramatic rocky headlands, hidden coves, and sweeping sea views.

Don’t miss: With luck you'll see seals, plenty of seabirds, and maybe even dolphins and basking sharks.

Thursday: The Lizard Peninsula and Kynance Cove

Option 1: Kynance Cove

Rocky Kynance Cove

Distance: 4 miles (6½km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)

The walk in a nutshell: A stunning circuit around the southern tip of England. We'll head to Church Cove, then continue around the headlands passing Bass Point, the Lizard Point lighthouse and on to Kynance Cove.

Don’t miss: Kynance Cove is a real gem with its serpentine rock formations and stunning views from the beach cafe.

 Option 2: Lizard Point

Group of children and leaders

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk from Lizard Green village along the cliff path around Bass Point and high above Polpeor Cove. We return to Lizard Green along a ‘Cornish hedge’ footpath.

Don’t miss: Enjoy the fantastic coastal scenery around Lizard Point.

Option 3: Mullion to the Lizard

The small harbour and cliffs at Mullion Cove

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 900 (270m)

The walk in a nutshell: Follow the coastal path from Mullion Cove to the Lizard; a fantastic section of coastline with gnarled cliffs and hidden coves.

Don’t miss: Keep your eyes peeled for seals at Mullion harbour, then enjoy refreshments at Kynance Cove before the final leg to Lizard village.

Option 4: Lizard Point circuit

Fishing harbour village of Cadgwith

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 900 feet (270m)

The walk in a nutshell: A stunning coastal circuit around the southern tip of England. We'll head first to the quaint fishing village of Cadgwith, then enjoy the glorious coastal path passing the collapsed caves of the Devil’s Frying Pan, Lizard Point and Kynance Cove.

Don’t miss: The sense of achievement as you arrive at the Lizard Point lighthouse and become the southern-most person in Britain!

Friday: Shipwrecks, Smuggling and St Michael’s Mount

Option 1: Porthleven to Helston

Sandy Beach at Loe Bar

Distance: 4 miles (6½km)

Total ascent: 200 feet (60m)

The walk in a nutshell: From the small Cornish harbour town of Porthleven we walk along the coast and through the Penrose estate to end at Helston at a pleasant park and café.

Don’t miss: Explore the rockpools on Porthleven beach, and later there'll be plenty of time to play in the park at Helston.

Option 2: Around Mounts Bay

St Michaels Mount from the coast path

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: We finish at Marazion where, tide permitting, there will be time to walk across the causeway to the Mount to experience this beautiful island.

Option 3: Rinsey Head to Marazion

Beach att Prussia Cove

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 900 feet (270m)

The walk in a nutshell: From the mine buildings of Wheal Prosper at Rinsey Head, we join the Coast Path to the mile long beach of Praa Sands, and then on to the historic town of Marazion via Prussia Cove and Perranuthnoe.

Don’t miss: St Michael's Mount is in view for much of the day; hopefully there'll be time to cross the causeway at the end of the walk.

Option 4: Porthleven to Marazion

Beach at Piskies Cove

Distance: 11 miles (17½ km)

Total ascent: 1,600 feet (480m)

The walk in a nutshell: From the picturesque fishing and one-time industrial harbour of Porthleven we follow an outstanding coastline to Trewavas Head before walking to Marazion via Praa Sands, Prussia Cove and Perranuthnoe.

Don’t miss: Enjoy glorious sea views throughout as we walk through the rich flora of the South Cornwall coast.

Holiday Information

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.

Two girls eating an ice cream sundaeTransport: 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.

In the evenings: Your leaders will talk about the choice of walks for the next day and answer any questions you may have.  After a sociable evening meal you could join in an evening activity created specifically for all the family or use the Country House facilities.


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Local area

Discover Cornwall

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.

Domes of the Eden ProjectEden Project
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.

St Michaels MountSt 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.


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.

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.

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.

Flowers in a wild meadowLost 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.


Performance at the Minack Theatre overlooking the seaMinack Theatre
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).


St Michaels Mount image credited to Mike Newman, Eden Project image ©Hufton+Crow,


Travel to Chy Morvah

Our address is: Chy Morvah, Bishops Road, The Belyars, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 2DB

How to get to us by train

By train:

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 route planning by train visit or phone 03457 48 49 50.

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

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.

Driving to us

By car:

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.

Travel by plane

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.

There are also airports at Bristol and Newquay which may be more convenient for some guests.  For train times and route planning by train visit or phone 03457 48 49 50.


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27 Jul 2019 SVFAM - Cornwall Family Walking Adventure - St Ives 7 £929.00 £928.00 Under 6 Go Free 6-17 From £49 Call Reservations To Book 020 8732 1250 Book Now
3 Aug 2019 SVFAM - Cornwall Family Walking Adventure - St Ives 7 £929.00 £928.00 Under 6 Go Free 6-17 From £49 Call Reservations To Book 020 8732 1250 Book Now
10 Aug 2019 SVFAM - Cornwall Family Walking Adventure - St Ives 7 £929.00 £928.00 Under 6 Go Free 6-17 From £49 Call Reservations To Book 020 8732 1250 Book Now
10 Aug 2019 SVFAM - Cornwall Family Walking Adventure - St Ives 3 £419.00 £418.00 Under 6 Go Free 6-17 From £21 Call Reservations To Book 020 8732 1250 Book Now
13 Aug 2019 SVFAM - Cornwall Family Walking Adventure - St Ives 4 £579.00 £578.00 Under 6 Go Free 6-17 From £28 Call Reservations To Book 020 8732 1250 Book Now
10 Apr 2020 SVFAM - Cornwall Family Walking Adventure - St Ives 7 £869.00 £869.00 Book Now

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