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Carbis & Porthminster Bay

Updated on December 11, 2012
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Retired counselor, 341 short stories published by FSU. I have 4 sons, love sharing photography, writing, love travel, sunshine, sea & Grace.

Cliff path from Carbis Bay to Leland Village Church
Cliff path from Carbis Bay to Leland Village Church
View from road down to Carbis bay
View from road down to Carbis bay
Beautiful turquoise ocean views
Beautiful turquoise ocean views
Train track down to St. Ives
Train track down to St. Ives
View from top of bay (construction blocked an otherwise perfect view of the bay)
View from top of bay (construction blocked an otherwise perfect view of the bay)
View from St. Ives Leisure Center looking down on bay
View from St. Ives Leisure Center looking down on bay
This was taken at 9.30pm today (25th June) - horses grazing in the fields behind the house on a lovely summer's eve
This was taken at 9.30pm today (25th June) - horses grazing in the fields behind the house on a lovely summer's eve
Porthminster bay
Porthminster bay
Porthminster Bay, St. Ives
Porthminster Bay, St. Ives
Beautiful white sand and ocean at Porthminster Bay
Beautiful white sand and ocean at Porthminster Bay
Lovely walkway along Porthminster Bay
Lovely walkway along Porthminster Bay
Putting green runs along far end of Porthminster bay
Putting green runs along far end of 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).'

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    • leni sands profile image

      Leni Sands 

      6 years ago from UK

      You have clearly enjoyed your trip to St.Ives and Carbis Bay. Your photo's are beautiful and capture everything so well.

    • Gary Shorthouse profile image

      Gary Shorthouse 

      7 years ago from Reading, UK

      Glad you are having such a great time in such a beautiful place. At least you are having some good weather.

    • petermdhart profile image

      petermdhart 

      7 years ago from Cornwall, UK

      Great photos of a beautiful place - thank you!

    • WillStarr profile image

      WillStarr 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Nice work. Up and beautiful!

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