Carbis Bay Holidays :: Carbis Bay to Hayle Walk
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Porth Kidney Sands is sometimes claimed by Lelant but is in fact a lesser known beach of Carbis Bay. Reached at low tide from Carbis Bay beach around Hawkes Point, Porthkidney stretches as far as the Hayle Estuary and is backed by sand dunes and unspoilt by buildings. The views across the beach to Godrevy create evocative images which have been the inspiration of many artists including John Miller.
The coastal path from Carbis Bay past Porth Kidney House at Hawkes Point will reveal the old miners' steps which you can take down to Porth Kidney Sands at low tide, alternatively take the Headland Road coast path from Carbis Bay to get a higher perspective of these dramatic views.
Through the sand dunes and past the oldest links course in the UK, West Cornwall Golf Course at Lelant, you approach Lelant village, follow the signs to St Uny church. The church was restored in the 13th and 15th centuries although the Irish Saint Uny would have been here in the 6th century. From here walkers start the ancient pilgrimage route to Mount's Bay, known as the St Michael's Way.
There are more stunning views across the Hayle estuary to Mexico Towans, Hayle Towans, Gwithian and Godrevy Lighthouse and back to St Ives, particularly at low tide.
Perhaps lunch at the The Badger and if you get delayed maybe catch the train back to Carbis Bay or St Ives, for the more energetic who would like to venture further you will need to walk around the Lelant Saltings to Hayle before progressing to Hayle Towans and beyond.