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From walking to wildlife, and shopping to sightseeing, whatever your interests, you're sure to be spoilt for choice in West Cornwall for places to see, attractions to visit and breathtaking natural scenery.

If you haven't got a car, getting around is still easy thanks to the coastal St Ives Bay Line.

The following are just a few recommendations for places well worth a visit and within easy reach from the Lamorna Lodge:

Carbis Bay

Step out from our hotel and within minutes you're at the most sheltered part of St Ives Bay. Carbis Bay extends south from St Ives and is named after the Carbis Valley, once home to the providence copper and tin mines.

Just a short stroll from Carbis Bay Station (from which St Ives is just a three minute trainride away) you'll discover the soft golden sands of a beautiful sheltered beach - perfect for families and with superb facilities. These include Watersports centre and Spa facilities at the nearby hotel on the beach, summer lifeguards, shop, café and toilets.

St Ives

Since the arrival of the railway in 1877, wonderful St Ives has had art at its heart. Today its narrow cobbled streets have a Mediterranean feel, but a distinct Cornish flavour. Amble past (and into!) galleries, craft shops, harbour cafes and restaurants galore. Don't miss a trip to the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden and the Tate St Ives, with its regularly changing exhibitions and rooftop café.

The town's long fishing legacy lives on today with a bustling harbour where bobbing fishing boats contrast with granite piers. Boat trips will take you out to see the seals basking on nearby rocks.

Add breathtaking beaches along this gorgeous coastline and you've got all the makings of an award-winning holiday destination.


The attractive neighbouring village of Lelant nestles in the sheltered Hayle Estuary. Many a visitor comes to see its striking Norman church of St Uny and St Anta. The beach at Lelant - Porth Kidney - is worth a mention, with golden sands and summer lifeguards. If golf is your sport, why not take in a leisurely round and soak up the scenery at the West Cornwall Golf Club?

Traditional carvery is always available at The Badger pub.

St Erth

The small village of St Erth is as traditionally Cornish as you could wish for with a picturesque church and quintessential cottages. Stop off for a drink at the Star Inn on the village square, or take a pleasant walk along the river.

St Erth Pits Nature Reserve is a must-see for wildlife lovers.


On the shores of Mount Bay, the ancient market town of Penzance has stunning St Michaels Mount as its backdrop. Here you'll discover great shopping, café culture and eating-out. Market Jew Street is the place for retail therapy together with the Wharfside Shopping Centre and Chapel Street, winding down towards the seafront.

On the shoreline you'll find the open-air Jubilee Pool, a fine example of 1930's art deco plus the longest promenade in Cornwall, perfect for a leisurely stroll.

Thanks to a mild climate Subtropical Morrab Gardens lets you imagine you are further from home than Cornwall, and on the outskirts of town you'll also find The National Trust Gardens of Trereife and Trengwainton.

Visit Penzance in June and you can take in the Golowan Festival, celebrating West Cornwall's Celtic heritage with vibrancy and style.

Heading for the beach?

Local beaches we'd recommend naturally include those at Carbis Bay and St Ives, whose sparkling clear seas and pale sands are matched by those further afield at Perranporth or Sennen.

For watersports and surfing, you can ride the waves and Atlantic swells at Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, whilst families with small children will love the soft sands and safe swimming at Porthminster, St Ives.

Want to stretch your legs?

The South West Coastal Footpath runs 130 miles taking in coastal valleys, towns and villages. Experienced walkers will be spoilt for choice whilst manageable day walks or shorter excursions can be made by those who just want to take in the views, the fresh air and work off that pasty lunch! Inland too, Cornwall has a great network of footpaths enjoyed by walkers.

Want to see wildlife?

If you're keen on wildlife, West Cornwall is one of the best districts in England for sea life and marine life: grey seals, cliff-nesting seabirds, dolphins, even harbour porpoises are a regular sight. Try and spot "Beaky' the dolphin if you take a boat out to St Michael's Mount!

Just ask - we're happy to help

Remember, if you'd like further information about the above-mentioned places and more... such as the Eden Project, Lands End, Rick Stein's Restaurant... we'll be happy to advise you and point you in the right direction.

Just ask at Reception for leaflets and more details. We'll do our utmost to make your stay as pleasurable as possible.