Zennor to St. Ives Coastal Path Walk

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Dan Hill
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7 months ago
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Duration: About 5 hours

Itinerary Introduction

The coastal footpath between St. Ives and Zennor is a 6 mile long roller coaster of a walk. It traces along the cliffs giving a view of the rocky bays below with a perfect picnic stop at Seal Island - where you'll see a large colony of seals. Also look out for the (rare) pairs of Cornish Choughs , with their distinctive call.

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Best times to visit

The best time to do the Zennor to St. Ives walk is when the path is dry. There are rocks to climb over, so wet weather can mean slippery conditions and muddy paths.

Getting there

You can approach this walk from Zennor to St. Ives or from St. Ives to Zennor. You'll need transportation arranged in either case. There's a bus that runs between St. Ives and Zennor - and you can either take the bus to Zennor and start there, or get the bus back from Zennor if you are starting in St. Ives. The bus costs about 4 pounds for an adult single fare. Starting at the Zennor end, alight the bus and head to Zennor Church for the start of the trail. The trail in St. Ives starts (or ends) above Porthmeor beach - by the town Bowling Green, heading to Man's Head.

Getting around

Depending on conditions and fitness, the walk could take 3-5 hours - an average walker with a couple of rest stops taking about 4 hours. The undulating walk is steep in parts - making it a little strenuous.

Local cuisine

At the Zennor end of the walk, you'll find a very welcoming pub - The Tinners Arms , serving drinks, food and snacks, while at the St. Ives end there are endless caf├ęs and eateries - but in the middle of the walk, you are on your own. Bring a picnic and/or snacks - you'll be grateful for the energy.

Recommended clothing

Pack waterproofs if the weather forecast looks ominous - there's nowhere to shelter along the route. If walking in the summer, bring a sun hat.

Recommended equipment

You must have appropriate walking shoes or boots. I'd recommend bringing a backpack for your supplies. There's no real way of exiting the path once you're on it. If you happen to have walking poles, you could be grateful for them on a couple of slopes, but they're definitely not necessary.

Drinking water

Bring plenty of water (I'd recommend at least 1-2 litres per person). There are no options to re-fill water bottles along the route.

Safety

Stay clear of the cliff edges. Wear proper walking boots to protect your ankles.

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St. Ives Bus Stop

The Malakoff, The Terrace, Saint Ives TR26 2BP, UK
St. Ives town main bus stop terminal is located at The Malakoff, at The Terrace, in the upper part of the town.
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Zennor Bus Stop

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Zennor Church

Zennor, Saint Ives, TR26, GB
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Track to Zennor Coastal Path

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Zennor track to footpath

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Sign to Zennor Head

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Zennor - St. Ives Coastal Path 1

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Zennor - St. Ives Coastal Path 8 - Tregerthen

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Seal Island

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St. Ives - Zennor Triangulation Point

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Zennor - St. Ives Coastal Path 25

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Porthmeor Beach, St. Ives

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