Carbis & Porthminster Bay
Carbis Bay is a visual delight; just over a mile from St. Ives center, it is one of the many beautiful bays in this area.
Breathtaking views are commonplace as you take the steep road down to the bay. You can leave your car at the top of the hill and take the "Park and Ride" train down into the center of St. Ives (approximately 1.3mls). This takes you along the cliff edges with more outstanding views; well worth the 4GPB fee as it's virtually impossible to park in St. Ives.
The colors and textures of the ocean hit you first. You are torn between the iridescent turquoise shallows or the deeper sapphire blue...and then the waves break; leaving white, frothy confetti along demerara sugar sands.
The hedgerows vie for your attention, with every shade of green and all kinds of flora to tempt you...
So as not to be overshadowed, the wild coastal flowers stretch out beyond the hedgerow and in full finery. Pink Sancreed, blood red Fuscia, yellow Dandelion and white Altarnun; Campion, Bluebells, Foxgloves, Scabious, Betony and Yarrow (how much more can you take )?
So, it is with ease that this layman photographer produces masterpieces with a $69 point and shoot camera!
I enjoyed the pleasant walk from St. Ives to Porthminster. Just a 15 minute amble, the route is well-maintained with flowerbeds and even more great bay views.
There's a Pitch and Putt Golf Course and a Hotel at the far end where you can indulge in cream teas, and if you are so inclined, the cliff path will take you all the way to Zenith (approx 8 miles)... where you can walk off the clotted cream, scones and jam (which seem quite happy to convert themselves into more of you ~ especially around the stomach and thighs )!
I hope you enjoy the photos! The first 10 or so photos are of Carbis Bay views, and the latter are of Porthminster Bay...(and there's one of the horses in our 'back garden).'