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St Ives (North Cornwall)

Bristol Channel

Contacts:
Harbour Master  VHF 16/12     tel no 01736 795018  

St Ives harbour is tucked into the western corner of St Ives Bay 15 miles north east of Lands End.  That puts it about thirty miles from Penzance and forty miles from the Scilly isles.  It is one of a number of harbours on this coast which serve the inshore fishing fleet and is visited by yachties in the summer. 

The harbour mouth is very wide and faces South but on-shore weather from the North can turn in and make it fairly boisterous; as well as this, although there is not much sea room for swells to develop in Easterly weather, winds from that sector can make it and the anchorage outside untenable. 

There has been a fishing port here since the dim and distant past; the first pier was built here in the late 1700s and then when the railway came through in the 1870s it blossomed into the town we see today. The railway was initially for the fish landed here but the Victorians soon found it and it became a holiday destination and popular spot for artists as the light is so clear.

The town itself is idyllic in early to mid May and again in September but in August it is a nightmare. Holiday makers flock here and pack the streets around the harbour; some even attempt to (and regret) drive their cars through but the pavements spill over with pedestrians and movement can be almost impossible.  ... read more

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