Outdoor Escapes at St Ives

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Activity types:

  • Central location
  • Coastal
  • Wildlife

Level

  • Easy
  • Medium
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Difficulty indicator

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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Holiday overview

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Nothing beats heading off at the end of the week for an Outdoor Escapes, Guided Walking break with people on the same wavelength as you. Spend your days exploring the heritage, culture and wildlife of stunning landscapes before joining fellow travellers in the bar for an evening chatting about your adventures at one of our exclusive walkers’ country houses.

If you want to explore by yourself or just want to relax and enjoy the countryside, our laid back walks will help you enjoy the great outdoors. Or if you are looking to test yourself, we can take you on one of our full day walks across terrain that will push your limits.

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Accommodation

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.


 Choose your room

Classic Rooms
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• TV
• Hairdryer 
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
Premium Rooms
• 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
Family Rooms
• 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

Facilities

• 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 April to September, weather permitting) 
• Table football
• Boules
• Mini-golf

Dining

All holidays at our Country Houses are full board with breakfast, picnic lunch and evening meal. 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

An example of St Ives evening meal

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the bar


Just 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.

 

Itinerary

Discover Cornwall on Foot

Experience the very best of the Cornish Coast on our walks. Each day we'll offer three options, ranging from relaxing shorter strolls, to more challenging longer walks. Our flexible programme allows you to choose the option that suits your mood. 

Sunday: Lands' End and Poldark Country

Option 1: Laid Back

Botallack mine

Distance: 1½ and 4½ miles

The walk in a nutshell: Two shorter walks combine to create a day full of interest. Our first walk explores Poldark Country between Geevor and Botallack mines. Later follow the cliff path from Land's End to Sennen Cove.

Don’t miss: Find out more about Cornwall's once mighty tin industry as you view the ghostly ruins of Botallack mine.

Option 2: Leg Stretcher

Minack Theatre and Porthcurno

Distance: 8 miles

The walk in a nutshell: Walk along the southern coast from St Loy to Land's End. On the way, you'll discover hidden coves, rugged headlands, and the remarkable Minack Theatre.

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: Full-on

Towering cliffs at Land's End

Distance: 11½ miles

The walk in a nutshell: A longer walk along the coast from Lamorna 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: A celebratory pint at Land's End is well deserved after a great day with many ups and downs.

Monday: Exploring the Lizard Peninsula

Option 1: Laid Back

Rocky Kynance Cove

Distance: 5½ miles

The walk in a nutshell: Walk around the southern tip of England, passing Lizard Point lighthouse, and the delightful Kynance Cove.

Don’t miss: A visit to the Roskilly ice cream farm at the end of the walk, and the beautiful, rare chough wheeling around the cliffs.

Option 2: Leg Stretcher

The small harbour and cliffs at Mullion Cove

Distance: 8 miles

The walk in a nutshell: Follow the coastal path from Mullion Cove to the Lizard; a glorious 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 3: Full On

Lizard Point and lighthouse

Distance: 14 miles

The walk in a nutshell: Challenge yourself to this longer coastal walk from Porthleven to Lizard Point. Expect plenty of ups and downs, but spectacular coastal views throughout.

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

Tuesday: Zennor to St Ives

Option 1: Laid Back

View over St Ives harbour and beach

Distance: 4 miles

The walk in a nutshell: Enjoy a walk along the cliffs west of St Ives before returning to the town for lunch at the Sloop Inn.

Don’t miss: There's plenty of time to relax this afternoon and enjoy the many delights of St Ives. Enjoy wandering through the narrow streets, perhaps visit the Tate Gallery, or take a boat trip to Seal Island.

Option 2: Leg Stretcher

Coast path between Zennor and St Ives

Distance: 6 miles

The walk in a nutshell: Follow the coastal path from St Ives to the small village of Zennor. The scenery gets ever grander as we leave the town behind, and follow the rugged cliffs west.

Don’t miss: We'll arrive in time for a late lunch at the Tinner's Arms in Zennor for a true taste of Cornwall.

Option 3: Full On

Cliffs near Zennor

Distance: 9½ miles

The walk in a nutshell: Walk along the coastal path from Gurnard's Head to St Ives. This may not be one of our longer walks, but the short and steep ascents and descents add plenty of challenge.

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

Your optional evening's adventure - The Minack Theatre

Performance at the Minack Theatre overlooking the sea

In the evening you may wish to join us for a performance of 'Goodnight Mr Tom' at the world-famous Minack Theatre. This uniquely situated open-air theatre is cut into the cliffs at Porthcurno. Wrap up warmly and be enthralled by this magical setting.

Wednesday: A day to explore independently

There's plenty to enjoy locally. You may enjoy one of these options, or see the other suggestions on the 'local area' tab.

St Ives

View over St Ives harbour and beach

If you've not yet had time to explore St Ives, there's plenty of interest within a 10 minute walk of our Country House. Meander through the narrow streets, visit the Tate Gallery, or enjoy lunch in one of the harbour-side pubs.

Eden Project

Eden Project

Discover a flamboyant collection of plants from around the world at the world-famous Eden Project. Explore the two gigantic geodesic conservatories – one a majestic rainforest, the other is host to the fruits and flowers of the Mediterranean.

St Michael's Mount

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.

Thursday: The Helford Estuary

Option 1: Laid Back

Maze at Trebah gardens

Distance: 4 miles

The walk in a nutshell: The peaceful Helford River estuary provides a complete change of scene from the gnarled cliffs at the tip of the Cornish peninsula. Our walk takes us from Bream Cove to Trebah Gardens.

Don’t miss: Trebah Gardens are a real delight. Relax amongst the colourful Rhododendrons that thrive in Cornwall's mild climate.

Option 2: Leg Stretcher 

Boats on the Helford River estuary

Distance: 6 miles

The walk in a nutshell: Starting on the outskirts of Falmouth, we head around Rosemullion Head to the fishing village of Durgan and Trebah Gardens.

Don’t miss: Relax amongst the tranquil surroundings of the Helford River and Trebah Gardens.

Option 3: Full On

Coast path near Falmouth

Distance: 9½ miles

The walk in a nutshell: We start in Falmouth, seeing the harbour before heading out to Pendennis Head, and along the coast to the Helford Estuary and Trebah Gardens.

Don’t miss: Falmouth Harbour is always bustling with activity; then follow the coast to the peaceful haven of the Helford River.

Friday: The North Cornwall Coast

Option 1: Laid Back

Pair of black and white Guillemots

Distance: 5½ miles

The walk in a nutshell: Walk along the cliffs from Porthtowan to St Agnes. We'll pass the iconic ruined engine house at Wheal Coates mine which featured in the current BBC series of Poldark.

Don’t miss: Seeing a spectacular array of seabirds including Fulmars and Guillemots.

Option 2: Leg Stretcher

Cliffs near St Agnes

Distance: 8½ miles

The walk in a nutshell: A fantastic coastal walk from Porthtowan to St Agnes Head and Perranporth. A day of mining history, superb wildlife, and extensive sea views throughout.

Don’t miss: Sampling the hedgehog ice cream at Chapel Porth Cove!

Option 3: Full On

Remains of Wheal Coates tin min

Distance: 12 miles

The walk in a nutshell: A final chance to stride out and enjoy one of the best sections of the North Cornwall Coast Path. We'll tackle the section from Portreath to Perranporth.

Don’t miss: With glorious sandy beaches and rugged headlands, this is the Cornish Coast at its very best.

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

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. www.tate.org.uk

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. www.edenproject.com

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. 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

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. www.heligan.com

 

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). www.minack.com

 

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

Travel

Travel to St Ives

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 general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

 Train heading to St Ives

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. 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. 

 

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.

 Quantas Boeing 747

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