Route Highlight

St Ives

This old fishing town has become West Cornwall’s star attraction thanks to its selection of sandy beaches, quaint harbourside pubs and restaurants, and a famous artsy heritage.

It’s easy to potter around St Ives. Watch seals bob in the harbour and surfers perform on Porthmeor Beach’s waves. Or explore the maze of cobbled streets and alleys to find artists’ studios and galleries. Browse everything from homely paintings of sunset sea views in back-street fishing lofts to modern masterpieces hanging in the glamorous beachside Tate Gallery.

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