St Ives is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty with a multitude of nature trails to explore. Choose the landscape; from mesmerising coastal geology to inland shaded woods. Walk beside towering clifftops with breathtaking sea views. Discover rugged moorland heaths where vivid pink and yellow wildflowers sway in the breeze. Stop off at a still lake, an old china clay works, or the ruins of an old tin mine. There are a great variety of bird species to observe; amongst the guillemots and shags, the harder to spot curlews and kestrels may appear in Summer or Autumn. In the water, dolphins, porpoises, minke whales and basking sharks can be seen.
Kids can enjoy a nearby animal park with an incredible array of exotic birds including toucans, macaws and flamingoes. Other animals also include otters, penguins and red pandas. There are two geological nature reserves of national importance within easy reach of St Ives. St Erth Pits has been designated as a Site of Specific Scientific Interest providing evidence of the climate and geography of this part of west Cornwall going back two million years to the Pliocene age.