Carbis Bay to Porthkidney Sands circular walk


Just a 5 minute walk from 4 Godrevy Court and 4 Seas Reach is Carbis Bay. Often described as the Caribbean with its white sand and turquoise water, this large sheltered beach boasts calm bathing waters, flanked either side by green woodland.

Awarded its Blue Flag status year after year due to its clean water conditions, Carbis Bay is the perfect base for families and water sport enthusiasts.

Below we walk you through our Carbis Bay to Porthkidney circular walk via the South West Coast Path. This particular route needs a low tide at the start of your journey.

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Start your ramble by making your way down the steps in front of Carbis Bay Hotel towards the beach. The beach itself has a shop for a quick bite to eat or an ice cream, with restaurants nearby inside the hotel. Here you’ll often see the train passing by, voted as one of the UK’s most scenic routes.

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Walk barefoot along the shoreline and you'll soon spot Godrevy Lighthouse in the distance. Now a famous lighthouse because of Virginia Woolfe's novel 'To the Lighthouse', the white 26-metre octagonal tower is located 3 miles out to sea at West Cornwall’s St Ives Bay.

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The long stretch of golden sand at Porthkidney can be reached around the above rocky point from Carbis Bay at low tide, but be aware that the tide comes in very quickly, and strong currents make the water unsuitable for bathing near the estuary.

Porthkidney's large expanse of sand is perfect for kite flying, ball games and letting the kids tire themselves out. Even in the height of summer there is room for everyone.



When you spot where the Hayle Estuary meets the sea, you'll find some steps to the right leading you up to the South West Coast Path towards the rail line.

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Take to the path and begin your walk back, at a higher level offering spectacular views like this one.

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The stretch of Porthkidney is backed by a large area of dunes, dune grassland and dune scrub, exhibiting a wide range of unusual wildflowers.

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Follow the wooden posts with a yellow arrow, to keep on the South West Coast Path. Below was our favourite part of the walk and a real Instagram worthy moment. As the tide begins to flow back in, take a moment, rest a while and listen to the sound of the ocean.

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We take this walk in March, where the wild yellow gorse flowers are out in full. Depending on the time of year, here you'll spot, sea pinks, bluebells and even the odd daffodil.

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We're nearly back at Carbis Bay, where the water is a glistening turquoise. There are often benches along the way for you to take a moment and enjoy the breathtaking ocean views.

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You'll now spot St Ives in the distance, known for its stunning beaches, art scene and foodie hot spots. When staying in one of our Carbis Bay self-catering properties, you can walk the coast path for 30 minutes in the opposite direction to St Ives, or take the 5 minute train ride.

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Known as one of the UKs most scenic rail journeys, we urge guests to experience this in full from St Erth to St Ives. The train comes every 20 minutes in peak season, with the last train returning at 10pm.

Hop off at the end of the line at Porthminster Beach, where you’ll see a large sandy bay backed by a wooded valley, with all the beach amenities you and your family will need.

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That's it for the Carbis Bay to Porthkidney circular walk. Once you tick off this one, visit The South West Coast Path and to planning your next ramble along the coast.

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