On a beautiful and crisp spring day, mum and I decided to go and spend a day in the stunning seaside town of St Ives. This was before I started my Captain Cornwall blog but, looking back, it was one of the best days which marked the beginning of summer.
Initially we had planned to take the train (St Germans to St Erth and then onto the branch line to St Ives) but when we arrived at the station we found out there was a significant delay to the first service, meaning we would have missed our connection.
I didn’t have my car then so mum offered to drive, seeing as it was such a gorgeous day. The journey took about an hour and a half but it was enjoyable one: no traffic queues to contend with and of course plenty of picturesque views as we made our way through Cornwall.
When we arrived, we walked from the car park into the town, stopping to admire the view as we headed down the hill – it really did look subtropical. St Ives has become one of the most popular tourist destinations and is extremely busy during peak season. It wasn’t too packed on this particular day, however the sunshine brought quite a few visitors to the town and beach.
The first thing we did was buy some coffees from a shop on the seafront and then we sat on a bench to admire the scenery and remind ourselves what sun felt like after the wintry months! The sea looked striking that day, dappled in sunshine with seagulls soaring majestically overhead.
When we were ready (it was definitely a day for doing things dreckly), we took a leisurely stroll around the harbour and down the pier, before heading over to Porthminster beach – a gorgeous sandy beach which has great surfing conditions. From here, we could see Godrevy Lighthouse which happened to be the inspiration for Virginia Woolf’s famous novel ‘To the Lighthouse’. St Ives is definitely a place which inspires creativity; you can see why so many artists and writers choose to live there.
The main purpose of our day was to go to a place that we hadn’t been to for a long time and enjoy the first signs of summer and the refreshing sea air. I took plenty of photos as we wandered through the stunning seaside town, past mesmerising sea views and down quaint cobbled streets.
After exploring for a while, we began our mission to find somewhere to eat lunch. We checked out a few menus before deciding upon the Rum & Crab Shack; the menu looked unusual and intriguing and it seemed like a great venue for cocktails!
After much deliberation, I opted for a Cornish cider instead with the blackened sea bream fillet, coated in a southern spice crust and served with sweet potato fries and char-grilled corn. It was absolutely delicious and I would definitely eat there again if and when I return to St Ives to check out some of the other tempting options and sample the cocktail menu.
After our leisurely lunch, we went back down to the seaside again for a while. The wind had picked up a bit more and, although we had our coats and boots on, we decided it was time to head home.
I absolutely adore visiting some of my favourite places from childhood and hope to continue to do so for many months to come. There are so many places in Cornwall I haven’t ever been to before, as well as places I visited when I was very young that I don’t really have memories of. I can’t wait for my next Cornish adventure.