Large sandy beach in front of the sand dunes of Lelant. Reasonably sheltered at the western end and usually quiet. At low tide Carbis Bay Beach is accessible by walking around the point.
A short walk alongside the railway line high above St Ives Bay, through an area noted for rare wildflowers and migratory birds. A number of Celtic saints are said to have established chapels here in ancient times, and the old pilgrim route St Michael’s Way follows a parallel path across the railway, while an eighteenth century St Ives mayor set up his own eccentric tradition at an obelisk along the way.
This walk requires a train journey to or from Lelant Station on the St Ives Line. Either begin with a train journey to Lelant Station and reverse the walk directions or complete the walk as directed and catch the train back from Lelant. Porthkidney Sands is a dog friendly beach. Have a look at our Top Dog Walks on the South West Coast Path for more dog friendly beaches and pubs.