Guided Walking 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.
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Blessed with breathtakingly beautiful beaches, Cornwall has more miles of coastline and more hours of sunshine than anywhere else in England.
From the highlights of the Eden Project and the Lizard,
to the Lost Gardens of Heligan and Land’s End, take delight in Cornwall’s highlights and hidden coves,
and soak up the beauty of this Celtic kingdom.
- Follow the Cornish coast with its sandy beaches and picturesque fishing villages
- Explore Cornwall’s tin and copper mining heritage
- Visit the Minack open air theatre on the cliffs overlooking Porthcurno Bay
- Walk to England’s most southerly point, the Lizard, and its most westerly, Land’s End
- Visit the world-famous Eden Project and Cornwall’s many beautiful gardens
Great reasons to join us
- Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, a full programme of walks with all transport to and from the walks, and light-hearted evening activities
- Choice: choose from up to 3 guided walks each walking day, with expert guides
- Accommodation: stay in the charming harbour town of St Ives, famous for its art galleries, including the celebrated Tate
- Sociability: we pride ourselves on the social atmosphere of our holidays - walk together, eat together and relax together
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
Our experienced guides offer the choice of up to three different walks each day – you can choose an Easier Walk one day and switch to a Harder Walk the next.
We’ve a fantastic selection of walks for 2016 - see below. Please check back here in November for any variations for our 2017 holidays.
Group A: Fields and coasts around St Ives
Easier Walk: A circular walk taking us 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 1,000 feet (300m) 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 1,200 feet (360m) 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.
Group B: Heritage Sites of the Northwest Coast
Easier Walk: After an introduction to the history of tin mining in Cornwall, we view the spectacular Crowns Mine engine houses and other industrial archaeology at Botallack, and then start walking from the mining village of St Just. We go inland across the fields and lanes of the Cot Valley, before joining the Coast Path to the old fishing village of Sennen Cove and then over granite cliffs to Land’s End. 5 miles (8km) with 700 feet (210m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: We start walking at Botallack, following the South West Coast Path through a World Heritage Site, viewing tin mining artefacts en route to Cape Cornwall. We visit Ballowall Barrow, a Bronze Age burial chamber, before heading to Sennen Cove and Land’s End. 8 miles (13km) with 1,600 feet (480m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: An introduction to tin mining history at Geevor, before we start our walk from there to arrive at Levant Mine and Botallack. We then follow a stunning section of the South West Coast Path, all the way to Land’s End. 10 miles (16km) with 1,900 feet (570m) of ascent.
Group C: Mining, Shipwrecks and Smuggling In Mount’s Bay
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 will be time to walk the causeway to the Mount, tide permitting. 6 miles (9.5km) with 1,100 feet (330m) 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. Hopefully, we’ll then have time to visit the iconic St Michael’s Mount. 8 miles (13km) with 1,300 feet (390m) 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 2,100 feet (630m) of ascent.
Group D: Bronze Age Stone Circles to Mousehole
Easier Walk: After visiting the Bronze Age stone circle known as the Merry Maidens, we walk across fields to the granite harbour of Lamorna Cove, and on to the picturesque fishing port of Mousehole via the inland ‘churchtown’ of Paul. 5 miles (8km) with 700 feet (210m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: After a stop at the Merry Maidens, we start our walk at the hamlet of Treen, heading for the coast and the Iron Age castle of Treryn Dinas, with the well known Logan Rock in view. Then it’s on to the National Trust’s Penberth Cove and the lighthouse of Tater-Du en route to Lamorna and Mousehole. 9 miles (14.5km) with 1,700 feet (510m) of ascent, and some rough and rocky walking either side of Lamorna.
Harder Walk: Starting inland at Polgigga, the walk tracks to the coast at St Levan, passing Rowena Cade’s famous open-air Minack Theatre, before dropping to beautiful Porthcurno beach and rising again to Treryn Dinas to follow the route to Mousehole via Lamorna. 11 miles (17.5km) with 2,100 feet (630m) of ascent.
Group E: The Extreme South of England - Around The Lizard
Easier Walk: Walking from Lizard Green, we take the cliff path around Bass Point and high above Polpeor Cove to Kynance Cove with its serpentine rock formations. We return to Lizard Green along a ‘Cornish hedge’ footpath. 5 miles (8km) with 900 feet (270m) 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 via the ‘Cornish hedge’ footpath or around Lizard Head itself. 8 (13km) or 9 miles (14.5km) with 900 feet (270m) or 1,700 feet (510m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: Today we take a circular walk from Lizard Green – tracking along the coast to the quaint fishing village of Cadgwith (‘star’ of a recent BBC documentary series), the collapsed caves of the Devil’s Frying Pan, the new lifeboat station at Kilcobben Cove, and on to Bass Point, Lizard Head and Kynance. 11 miles (17.5km) with 1,700 feet (510m) of ascent.
Group F: Farmland and the Coast of West Cornwall
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 900 feet (270m) 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 1,400 feet (420m) 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 1,800 feet (540m) of ascent.
Group G: Coast and Cliffs of The Land’s End Peninsula
Easier Walk: From an inland start at Polgigga, we walk across tracks and field paths to Mill Bay and the old fishing village of Sennen Cove, before following the Coast Path over granite cliffs to Land’s End. 5 miles (8km) with 800 feet (240m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Starting at St Loy, 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. 8 miles (13km) with 1,700 feet (510m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: Walking from Lamorna Cove, we follow the coast path to Land’s End, taking in many of the same sights as the Medium Walk including Gwennap Head and Mill Bay. This is a fairly strenuous walk with lots of up and down. 11 miles (17.5km) with 2,300 feet (690m) of ascent.
Group H: The Coast and Coves of Mounts Bay
Easier Walk: From Poldhu Cove we follow the South West Coast Path past Church Cove with its tiny church surrounded by sand; then over Halzephron Cliffs and through Gunwalloe Cove to cross the sands of Loe Bar and finish at the fishing harbour of Porthleven. 5 miles (8km) with 800 feet (240m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Walking from Mullion, we pass the Marconi Monument on our way to Poldhu Cove. From the sands of Loe Bar, we head inland around the freshwater lake of Loe Pool to the market town of Helston. 8 miles (13km) with 1,000 feet (300m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: From Mullion Cove with its beautiful harbour we head south to join the coast at Predannack Cliffs before turning north on a beautiful section of the South West Coast Path to Poldhu Cove and Porthleven. 11 miles (17.5km) with 1,500 feet (480m) of ascent.
Group I: The Helford Estuary
Easier Walk: From Mawnan Smith we follow a route to Bream Cove and then track along the coast to the fishing village of Durgan. We then walk on to the sub-tropical gardens at Trebah on the northern side of the Helford River. We’ll have plenty of time left to explore the gardens if you wish. 4 miles (6.5km) with 700 feet (210m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Starting on the outskirts of Falmouth, we head for Maenporth Beach, Rosemullion Head and Toll Point en route to the fishing village of Durgan and Trebah Gardens. 8 miles (13km) with 1,100 feet (330m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: We start in Falmouth – seeing the harbour and still active docks – before heading out to Pendennis Head, Swanpool and Maenporth. Following a similar route to the other groups we head slightly further into the Helford Estuary, passing Polgwidden Cove with its D-Day relics before reaching Trebah. 12 miles (19km) with 1,600 feet (480m) of ascent.
Group J: The Beaches and Cliffs of North Cornwall
Easier Walk: From Porthtowan we pass the famous old Wheal Coates mine with its impressive Towanroath engine house sitting on the Coast Path. We head inland from St Agnes Head, following a footpath over St Agnes Beacon and into the village, once an important mining centre. 5 miles (8km) with 1,200 feet (360m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Starting in Porthtowan we pass the unspoilt National Trust cove of Chapel Porth (where you can buy a ‘hedgehog’ ice-cream) and the Towanroath engine house of Wheal Coates mine. We then take a path high above the sea to St Agnes Head, dropping into Trevaunance Cove and over Cligga Head to Perranporth. 8 miles (13km) with 2,000 feet (600m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: Walking the South West Coast Path from Portreath to Porthtowan, we pass a wartime aerodrome with current echoes of the Cold War. We then follow a route through mining country like the surface of the moon, following in the footsteps of the Medium Walk into Perranporth. 12 miles (19km) with 2,800 feet (840m) of ascent.
2016 Walking Programmes
7 night holidays: 5 days of walking and a free day on the Wednesday (unless otherwise stated)
Walks A-E: Fri 25 March (free day on Tuesday); Sat 16, 30 April; Sat 21 May; Sat 11, 25 June; Sat 16 July; Sat 20 Aug; Sat 3, 24 September; Sat 8, 22 October
Walks F-J: Sat 2, Sat 23 April; Sat 14 May; Sat 4, 18 June; Sat 2, 23 July; Sat 27 August; Sat 10 September; Sat 1, 15, 29 October
4 night holidays: 3 days of walking
Walks A, B, C: Fri 25 March, Sat 16, 30 April; Sat 21 May; Sat 11, 25 June; Sat 16 July; Sat 20 Aug; Sat 3, 24 September; Sat 8, 22 October
Walks F, G, H: Sat 2, Sat 23 April; Sat 14 May; Sat 4, 18 June; Sat 2, 23 July; Sat 27 August; Sat 10 September; Sat 1, 15, Sat 29 October
3 night holidays: 2 days of walking
Walks D & E: Tues 29 March; Wed 20 April; Wed 4, 25 May; Wed 15, 29 June; Wed 20 July; Wed 24 Aug; Wed 7, 28 September; Wed 12 October
Walks I & J: Wed 6, Wed 27 April; Wed 18 May; Wed 8, 22 June; Wed 6, 27 July; Wed 31 August; Wed 14 September; Wed 5, 19 October; Wed 2 November
Terrain and transport: 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.
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: The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. There is normally a good mix of ages, of new guests and 'regulars' from Britain and overseas, and of people travelling alone, with a partner or with friends.
Free day: The 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. Guests can sign up at the House - tickets are sold on a first come first served basis and subject to availability.
In the evenings: Your leaders will inform you 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 organised activity such as a quiz or a talk about the local area, relax in the bar or use the Country House facilities.
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. Guests can sign up for this trip at the House - tickets are sold on a first come first serve basis and subject to availability.
Which break for me
Our best-selling Guided Walking holidays run throughout the year - with their daily choice of up to 3 walks, these breaks are ideal for anyone who enjoys exploring the countryside on foot.
We also offer the following themed breaks that enable likeminded guests to holiday together:
Guided Walking - Outdoor Escapes
Our Outdoor Escapes are ideally suited to working age guests. Enjoy a few days away, or a longer holiday, with guests who also need to escape the working day.
During the day you can enjoy our usual choice of 3 guided walks. In the evening relax with likeminded guests, enjoy a glass of wine at the bar, or relax in the lounge with new-found friends. For those that wish they'll also be informal evening activities on offer; perhaps a team quiz, or talk from a National Park ranger.
Outdoor Escapes at St Ives start on Sat 8 and Wed 12 July 2017 - see the 'Dates & Prices' tab
See our full list of Outdoor Escapes
Guided Walking for Solos
We welcome many solo guests on our holidays; however you may prefer our dedicated holidays for solos only. As well as likeminded company, there's no extra charges for our premium single, and standard twin and double rooms.
See Guided Walking for Solos at St Ives for further details
Other Guided Walking holidays at St Ives
Walking with Sightseeing - the perfect combination of guided walks, plus sightseeing visits
Family Walking Adventure - great fun for adults and children alike
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|
25 Oct 2016, 4:27 p.m.
This was first UK HF Holiday and enjoyed it !
Good walking centre.
25 Oct 2016, 3:19 p.m.
Good accommodation, great food, walks and leaders
25 Oct 2016, 11:42 a.m.
Usual good standard of leaders and House
Good mix of walks
23 Oct 2016, 10:14 p.m.
No review provided
THIS TYPE OF HOLIDAY SUITS US AS WE CAN EACH DO THE LEVEL OF WALKING WE PREFER. THE STANDARD IS CONSISTENT FROM ONE CENTRE TO ANOTHER
20 Oct 2016, 8:39 p.m.
Happy, clean, comfortable and welcoming hotel. Staff helpfull, kind and made one feel overwhelmingly welcome.
Well guided, fun. Great places to walk, good distances and thought out well for transport, views and worthwhile wallking
19 Oct 2016, 9:07 a.m.
Pleased with everything.
Pleased with everything.
19 Oct 2016, 7:03 a.m.
No review provided
hotel very nice probably needs updating. Food disappointing. Breakfast very good,
but evening meals not very good. Why is it necessary to have two choices one vegetarian, that's ok but one vegan as well which gives others little choice. Staff very nice.
18 Oct 2016, 3:18 p.m.
Third HF Holiday, roll on next one!
Great walks, lovely food, hilarious evening entertainment, cosy single bedroom with no supplement!!, wonderful company
18 Oct 2016, 12:31 p.m.
Overall, very impressed by the walk leaders - they take on a huge amount of responsibility for volunteers! The evening entertainment was very good. I would have appreciated a shorter 'medium' walk ... the 'easy' walk too short for me (5 miles) and the medium walk too long (9 miles) - not much shorter than the strenuous walks which were 11 miles each day
Rating would be higher, but I was somewhat disappointed by the food. My only other experience of an HF holiday was 3-4 years ago at Church Stretton where the food was superb. I especially missed vegetables!
18 Oct 2016, 11:39 a.m.
The walks could have been better organised, all the walks finished in the same place leaving the easy walkers hrs at the end of the walk with the others no time or did not even finish their walk.
But room for improvement,staff and service very good,beds to hard
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Prices are per person
- Standard single room: (2016) £8 per night; (2017) no supplement
- Premium single room: £15 per night (2017 only)
- Premium twin/double room: (2016) £5 per person per night; (2017) £10 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person