For our last day in Cornwall (and by far the nicest, warmest day), we visited the lovely seaside town of St. Ives. This town is known for its beautiful sandy beaches, picturesque setting, and for the artists that flock here to paint. There is now a Tate Gallery in St. Ives that celebrates the artists that have lived and worked here.
It is a short train ride to St. Ives from Penzance. One station up the line is St. Erth, where we change for the extremely short branch line to St. Ives. The 10 minute ride from St. Erth to St. Ives offers some of the most beautiful coastline views I have ever seen. Gorgeous and long sandy beaches, with a magical view of St. Ives’ harbour as the train rounds the bend and enters the bay on the far side of the town.
A very pleasant walk from the train station gets us into the town. We walked up and over the center of town (it’s a pretty tall hill, actually) in order to get to the Tate St. Ives and have something warm to drink. Unfortunately, they were in the process of changing exhibitions, so we didn’t actually visit the galleries.
The Tate is located on the hill just above one of the several sandy beaches surrounding the town. I can’t imagine a better location for a gallery.
We took advantage of their views for some family photos.
And then, a nice long romp on the sandy beach!
with the ubiquitous super stroller.
Ring around the rosie with Daddy.
We hiked up to the tiny chapel of St. Nicholas overlooking St. Ives and the surrounding coastline. We were rewarded with absolutely breathtaking views.
Not a bad place to sit and take in the lovely sea air.
A stroll through the town…
…and a special treat: ice cream on a sunny day in January!
This was our lunch spot. We sat in the sun overlooking the beach and harbour, and ate the most delicious stone-baked pizza! It was the perfect day.
Back to the train station…and home to Penzance….for one more night.