A trip to Cornwall – Padstow & St Ives

One of my aims for this year was to blog more, especially my travel photography. Quite often I go somewhere, take a lot of photos, select the most important ones for shoots or weddings, and then leave the rest forgotten on my hard drive. Which is totally rubbish of me – I really should be cherishing those moments, not dumping and forgetting them! Plus it also gives me kick up the bum to make lovely prints I can hold in my hands or hang in our house.

So to start it off, my trip with my other half Pete for his birthday to Cornwall, somewhere we’d wanted to go for a while. For those of you not from the UK, it’s on the southwestern tip of England, full of beautiful coastline and sleepy villages. Catch the area on a good day and you’d be forgiven for thinking you were somewhere a lot more Mediterranean. It’s a five hour drive from where we are in London, so to save time and car hire money, we took a 45 min flight to Portsmouth,  hired a car there and drove straight to Padstow, a beautiful little fishing port town. We stayed here for our trip and used it as a base to venture further afield round the coastline.

Padstow travel photography padstow harbour

padstow travel photography local area

padstow travel photography wishing well and streets

padstow travel photography old school

padstow travel photography pub

padstow travel photography local houses

We spent one day out in St Ives, famous for it’s Caribbean looking beaches, selling all sorts of Cornish delights – my main aim was to hunt out Cornish pasties and ice cream. Rather than drive there from Padstow, we parked at Lelent Saltings train station, and walked a couple of hours along the coast to St Ives, spent the day there before getting the train back to Lelant Saltings. I highly recommend doing this to visit St Ives – it’s worth it for the beautiful coastal walk alone. But if you do happen to make this trip to park at Lelant train station – bring change for the parking meter! (thus ensuring you don’t have to spend 20 minutes on the phone to a parking meter robot like I had to).

We stared off wandering through a tiny village before emerging along the coast, wandering by beautiful stretches of almost empty beaches until we reached St Ives in all it’s touristy glory.

st ives travel photography Lelant saltings

st ives travel photography

st ives travel photography coastal path

st ives travel photography clifftop views

st ives travel photography beach

st ives travel photography blue skies clear beaches

st ives travel photography walking to st ives

st ives travel photography

Finally managed to track down the object of my desires – the Cornish pasty, all the while being rudely ogled by this naughty lad who never left me alone whilst I ate it.

st ives travel photography cornish pasty and seagull

After my seagull interactive lunch, we headed a little further along the coastline to take in some more sea views and salty air and getting some bloody amazing Cornish clotted cream ice cream.

st ives travel photography view over the sea

st ives travel photography coastline

st ives travel photography couple relaxing on cliff with wildflowers

st ives travel photography beach huts

I just love those beach hut rooms, they are literally the most English thing ever! That evening we spent some more time wandering Padstow’s streets, getting more ice cream, seeking out home made Cornish fudge and doing some general pub relaxing outside in the harbour.

padstow travel photography padstow harbour evening

padstow travel photography view of local streets

padstow travel photography fudge shop

padstow travel photography fudge shop window

We spent our final day in Padstow on the local beach and wandering the town and local hill to the war memorial. I’d really recommend Cornwall for a visit, tasty food like fish and chips, fudge and ice cream in abundance, and no end of friendly locals and endless stretches of beaches. We stayed in the lovely Tor view B&B – I always try and make a point of staying with locally owned accommodation rather than hotels when I go away, as it’s a great chance to not only meet the local people and get their personal recommendations but also a great way of supporting small businesses.

padstow travel photography local beach

padstow travel photography local beach paddling

padstow travel photography view from the war memorial

padstow travel photography hill by war memorial

padstow travel photography view form the camel trail

If you’re planning a trip to Padstow or St Ives and would like some recommendations, just drop me a line!






  • Natalie said:

    These are beautiful sarah! I particularly love the beach-scape photographs, you should definitely get some printed for your walls! Nxx

  • Adele said:

    Your photos are beautiful