Winter in St Ives

I love St Ives. It is such a pretty little harbour-side town with three fabulous sandy beaches and exquisite turquoise water. Unfortunately I am not the only one to love it and most months of the year it is virtually impossible to move along the narrow winding streets  – and forget about parking your car in town – by far the best way to enter is on the little train that runs on the branch line from St Erth or Lelant Saltings where you can ‘park and ride’. If the car park isn’t full.

But St Ives is our closest town, a mere 3 miles away, and also where our GP surgery is located. Not that we make a habit of visiting the GP, but sometimes needs must. Which is why I found myself wandering around the harbour on a cold January morning whilst the OH underwent some tests.

And how I found myself photographing boats on the quayside.

Finished with a hot breakfast of sauteed mushrooms, poached eggs, granary toast and a flat white coffee. And no queues!

~wander.essence~  photography


  1. Sadje says:

    Lovely pictures

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Sadje xx

      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome 😊

  2. J > That’s like a mini-holiday. Lovely photos : here we have more than enough wild, not enough man-made interest – and certainly not as lovely as St Ives.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Luckily I love the wildness, but St Ives does have some lovely beaches to stroll on. I would prefer to do so when it is not quite as wet and cold!

  3. beetleypete says:

    I see one of the boat-owners is a ‘Madness’ fan. 🙂
    That’s the downside of living in such a popular place, in a tourist economy. Those seasonal crowds and day trippers descending on your home town. One reason why we never go to Wells-Next-The Sea, from May-September.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      Wells is lovely, but we couldn’t find anywhere to park when we were in that neck of the woods during the month of August.

      1. beetleypete says:

        August is a write-off there. It’s getting worse now, even out of season.

        1. Heyjude says:

          Like here then. I suppose that these places are not expanding facilities enough. All the car parks in and around St Ives are packed during the school holiday months, even the park and ride ones. Soon we will have to travel to Penzance and park there then take the train to St Ives. But then parking in Penzance is a nightmare too in summer. Best staying at home 🙂

  4. Anne Guy says:

    Yes always good out of season…my father used to live nearby and it was much easier to visit in January,

    1. Heyjude says:

      If it is a sunny day there is nowhere better.

  5. pommepal says:

    Such a lovely little place loved by many. I know only too well the downside of living in a place that is loved to saturation. Great boat gallery.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks PP, glad you liked the boats! It is a lovely place, but far too crowded in summer. But I can still get out to other places if I want to.

      1. pommepal says:

        Always options Jude and being a local you can chose your times to visit

  6. Dina says:

    I could have spent days in St.Ives last year January. What a fabulous place to be! A truly great setting with three(?) beaches, fine architecture, foremost the Tate Gallery – I want go right back when I see your moody photos, Jude. Not a bad place to have next door! 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Probably four beaches if you include the harbour beach. Porthmeor (opp Tate), Porthgwidden below the ‘island’ and Porthminster below the railway station. Plus a little dog friendly beach near the pier. So five! It’s not a bad place, but a shame we rarely go there.

  7. Wonderful, Jude! I love the boats, the village, and especially all your close-ups and details. What a wonderful wander on a cold winter’s day. 🙂 Thank you for linking, and I’ll add your link to tomorrow’s photography post. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      It was like a ghost town! Most of the shops were closed or not open until 11 am so few shoppers around. Just one or two dog walkers.

      1. You’ve captured that mood of abandonment quite well with your photos and details, Jude. Excellent photos all around. 🙂

        1. Heyjude says:

          Thanks Cathy, glad you enjoyed them.

  8. Colline says:

    Breakfast sounds delicious!

  9. Joanne Sisco says:

    I love the photo of the town built up the hill. This looks like the kind of place I would love to walk around.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Walking around is nice at this time of the year, usually though you have to do a sort of obstacle shuffle around everyone else!

  10. Sue says:

    Off-season, I should imagine it’s still quite charming….and I love your images of the boats

    1. Heyjude says:

      Charming but quite dead. Many shops and restaurants are closed or run very limited winter opening times. But I prefer to wander around rather than shop anyway.

      1. Sue says:

        I’m with you on no shopping, Jude!

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