Best Sunsets Spots Around

One of the joys of being on holiday is the chance to experience life’s simple pleasures – and having time to watch the sun set is definitely one of these. There are some stunning sunset spots in St Ives – try one (or more) of these.


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Enjoy the height of summer with a game of cricket on the beach – Alastair Sopp

The Island and Porthmeor Beach

One of the best sunset spots in St Ives is the Island, the headland crowned by the little chapel that gives the town its distinctive silhouette. Walk up to St Nicholas’ Chapel at the top for the best views of the sunset, or find a bench on the quieter sea side of the path.

Beneath the west side of the Island is Porthmeor Beach. A lively beach with a café and a surf school, it’s still buzzing in the evenings in the summer; and if you fancy watching admiring the sunset with a grilled pilchard roll and a beer, this is the best place to be. Off season, it may be just you and the waves watching the sun go down.

The Huer’s Hut

Even in bustling St Ives, you can still find a quiet place to watch the sun set. Pick up the South West Coast Path from Porthminster Beach (a nice tarmaced stretch of coast path) towards Carbis Bay. The path’s a bit steep, but worth it, as you emerge to the most spectacular view.

Stop at the black-and-white Baulking House. This early nineteenth-century building was a “huer’s hut”. A “huer” was a lookout who would watch for pilchard shoals arriving in the bay. When he saw one, he would raise a hue-and-cry (hence the name) of “Hevva, hevva!”, and guide the fishing boats to the right place. Perch on one of the hut’s benches, and you’ll appreciate why this was such an outstanding lookout spot.

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The sunrises are just as magical as the sunsets – Adam Sargent

Gwithian and Godrevy beaches

If you’re happy to drive to see a sunset, head out beyond Hayle and the 3-mile stretch of sand that forms Gwithian and Godrevy beaches. Park up, and watch a vast swathe of sky put on a show for you.

Less well-known is Hayle Beach, which is reached by crossing the road bridge at the west end of the town. There’s a car park (or you can park at the roadside), and from there, follow the paths through the dunes onto this quiet beach. Look back across the sands towards St Ives.

Go west…

Just beyond St Just, Cape Cornwall is a wild, rugged headland jutting out into the Atlantic. This is real mining territory; and from the top of the Cape you get a fantastic view of the engine houses scarring the cliffs. Park in the National Trust car park and take the path up the Cape to watch the sun vanish into the ocean.

Further west is the beautiful, sweeping beach at Sennen. With good facilities and excellent surf, it’s a popular place. However when the sun sets, a different set comes out to play, and the dark sands become scattered with the glow of beach barbecues. Grill yourself some fresh fish, or enjoy a post-sunset meal at Ben Tunnicliffe’s relaxed shore-side restaurant.

This far west, with so many uninterrupted views of the horizon, you could stay here for a year and visit a different sunset spot every night. You may even be lucky enough to have one of the best views of the St Ives sunset from your own balcony…

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November 7, 2016
Written by Kate Waddon
Photography by Alastair Sopp

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