It’s not always a blue sky day…

Porthminster Beach:

On a cold and cloudy school day you can have the beach pretty much all to your self.


The little train which runs on the St Ives to St Erth branch line is probably one of the most scenic lines in the country as it follows the coastline and then the Hayle estuary and terminates above this beach.


With views north to the Towans (the three-mile stretch of coastal dunes which extends north-east from the estuary of the River Hayle to Gwithian beach ) and Carn Brea and the Four Lanes transmitter in the background.



  1. beetleypete says:

    There must be some lovely views from that little train which runs so close to the beach. Nice ‘deserted’ atmosphere, Jude.
    Regards as always, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      St Ives is lovely out of season.

  2. Beautywhizz says:

    Beautiful beach.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Very busy when the sun shines!

  3. joannesisco says:

    Interesting that trains seem to be a theme popping up this week in blogs … and here’s another one!!
    I always get this silly little burst of excitement whenever I see a train go by. It’s right up there with spotting a deer or a rabbit.
    This does look like it would be a lovely train ride along the coast rather than endless miles of trees which is what I’m used to 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      It is a very short line – about 6 miles – but with lovely sea and estuary views.

      1. joannesisco says:

        Is it just a scenic ride for tourists or a commuter-type train?

        1. Heyjude says:

          It is a normal train line – a branch line that connects St Ives to St Erth where you change trains for the Penzance to London line. It is also on a park ‘n ride route to keep cars out of the town so I imagine very much full of tourists in the summer and holiday seasons. We used it when we stayed in Penzance as it works out cheaper than the bus. And a much nicer view!

  4. Reminds me of the False Bay route from Lakeside to Simonstown 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      A little like that.

  5. Sue says:

    The train looks a great idea, and love that deserted beach!!

    1. Heyjude says:

      It was quite a cold wind plus during the school day. We don’t go in to St Ives on a weekend.

      1. Sue says:

        Very sensibly!

  6. Lucid Gypsy says:

    The best train journey ever!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Lakeside to Simonstown in the Cape is probably the best I have been on, but this is quite pretty, just not very long.

  7. restlessjo says:

    When did you say I was coming to stay? X

  8. I love deserted beaches. That sky looks quite promising for a downpour. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      It was like that all day, but didn’t rain.

  9. The colour of the water is glorious considering the grey sky. I would enjoy that little train ride.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes I find it astonishing that the water is this colour even on a grey day.

  10. Oh, beaches! What a change of feel from your Ludlow posts. I too want to ride that train and see that sea and walk, solitary, that beach. Lovely layers in the last photo – and I didn’t even notice the clouds because the colour of the sea is so superlative.

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