This trip can be done in less than 5 minutes if you take the train from Carbis Bay to St Ives, but this is one 20 minute walk that you need to take at least once during your holiday. You take the road down the beach and across the front of the Carbis Bay Hotel, then join the path up to the railway bridge. Next, cross over the bridge and take in the view across St Ives Bay to Trevose Head, travel up the gentle incline until it levels off, take the lower path to enjoy the best views.
Follow the road and around the corner and you will get the first dramatic view of St Ives, drop down to the beautiful Porthminster beach or enjoy a spot of lunch in the famous Porthminster Cafe. Past the lifeboat station you find yourself on The Wharf by the harbour. A quick tour of St Ives would take you past Smeaton Pier to Porthgwidden beach, up to St Nicholas Chapel on the Island, drop down to the Tate at Porthmeor beach, then find your way back through the cobbled streets, stopping off at the many art galleries along the way.