hikingSandbank B&B is located almost upon the South West Coast Path, and with its breathtaking scenery, this makes walking one of the “must do” activities for people who come to stay with us. Even for those who wouldn’t perhaps do a great deal of walking at home, the stunning views here just cannot be missed. At 630 miles long, you can easily walk along our local section of the path between Portreath and St. Ives. Here you will see some of the most stunning views that this country has to offer, along with an amazing diversity of wildlife and flowers. The South West Coast Path (one of only 15 National Trails) has been named as one of the world’s greatest tourist attractions by the Lonely Planet’s Best In Travel Guide. It covers five Areas of Outstanding

Natural Beauty, including Gwithian our local beach. In all, we have 3 miles of golden beach which arcs in a wide expanse of sand to Hayle, overlooking our beautiful bay across to St. Ives, plus various caves and rock pools, ideal for exploring. If preferred you can walk the path itself along the cliff-tops, following the footpath marker posts, where you will also find a large map set in local granite which indicates position, flora and fauna. You may even stumble upon a piece of local history in the form of the derelict explosives works dating from the Second World War.

Whatever time of year your visit, there is always something different to see. In spring the cliff tops are awash with the first colour of the season thanks to primroses, bluebells and squill (a beautiful blue flower related to garlic). Daffodils are also grown commercially here (as fans of Derek Tangye books will know only too well) and make for a welcome splash of colour when in bloom.

cornish-bayFrom late spring into summer the cliffs become a breathtaking riot of colour when flowers such as thrift, foxglove, campion, gorse and heather all make for some spectacular views. This is also an ideal time of year to spot dolphins, grey seals and even the odd basking shark, not to mention a huge variety of nesting sea birds along the cliffs, and even rarities such as peregrine falcons and Cornish choughs.

The path originally came into being when the Cornish coastline was patrolled in search of smugglers until the mid-19th century.

Since then, it has been a well-worn trail enjoyed by walkers, photographers, birdwatchers and holidaymakers alike.
With unrivalled scenery including dramatic cliffs, white sandy beaches and clear-blue sea, it is a truly beautiful area to simply enjoy.

Please call with any enquiries: 01736 752820 or email us on: info@sandbank-holidays.co.uk