We all feel at a bit of a low ebb in the New Year, which is hardly surprising after all the excesses of Christmas! We’re lucky here in Cornwall, as the fresh sea air alone is incredibly reviving. Combine the sea breezes with some exercise, and you’ll soon be feeling refreshed and on top of the world again.
Here’s how we’ll be blowing away the cobwebs this January.
We’re going on a beach hunt
A brisk walk across a breezy beach always works wonders. Walk from The Garrack across St Ives and over to Porthminster Beach, taking in as many beaches as you can. Check the tides first, to make sure that you can walk along the sweeping sands.
From The Garrack, head downhill towards Porthmeor Beach. Walk along its gleaming white sands until you come to the Island. Take the footpath around the craggy back of the promontory, or climb up via the chapel and the Coast Watch station for incredible views across the bay.
Pause at Porthgwidden beach with its cheerful beach huts, splashes of colour on a January day, and follow the coast around Bamaluz Beach towards the town. Hop over the ropes tethering rowboats on Harbour Beach, and tide permitting, walk round to the golden stretch of Porthminster Beach. If this isn’t possible (and it does require a very low tide), pass the lifeboat station and walk along Lambeth Walk, following The Warren to Porthminster.
If you want to carry on with your walk, pick up the coast path just after Porthminster Cafe and follow it to pretty Carbis Bay. If you’d like to return, you can make your walk a bit more circular by heading up the steps at the station towards the Malakoff (a lovely contemporary container garden – and the bus depot!) and into the town centre. Make your way across the winding streets to back to Porthmeor Beach, and head up towards The Garrack again. Cobwebs duly blown away.
If you’d like a longer and more challenging walk, the best place to start is our local stretch of the South West Coast Path, which you can pick up pretty much from our doorstep (Reception will point you in the right direction!). At this time of year, it can be muddy and slipperier than usual, so the right footwear is needed. This rugged stretch of the path takes you along the clifftops to Zennor, an attractive little village with a medieval church – and a pub. You can retrace your footsteps back to St Ives, or follow the inland footpath path to make a circular route.
For a walk that takes in a spectacular vantage point, head east to Knills Monument. This is a 50ft tall obelisk on Worvas Hill above Carbis Bay, commissioned in 1782 by St Ives’ Mayor, John Knill who intended it to be his mausoleum. The views from the top are simply stunning, and it’s a pleasant walk through Steeple Woods to reach the summit. To get there, follow the route we suggested above to Carbis Bay. When you see the Cornish Arms pub, take the road next to it (Steeple Lane) and walk on along it for about half a mile.
Get on your bike
Cycling is a fabulous way to get fit while enjoying the fresh air and exploring Cornwall. if you’re here on holiday without a bike, or just fancy a “try before you buy” approach, hire a bike from West Cornwall Bike Hire in Hayle. This is a wonderful way to really get to know this part of Cornwall, and it’s always great to be able to leave your car behind!
Have a look at the Sustrans website to find the best cycle routes. You may prefer to cycle with a group, and the friendly Penzance Wheelers welcome visitors. But if nothing else, cycling is a great way of popping into town from The Garrack without needing to find a place to park!
Al fresco fitness
If you really – and we mean really – want to go for exercise in the fresh air, try St Ives’ Empirical Fitness. Established by former Royal Marine Will Nankervis (now you’re starting to get an idea of what it’s like…), Empirical Fitness includes year-round outdoor bootcamp sessions. You can sign up to a course or just take part in a single session if you’re on holiday here. Each workout uses a core group of muscles, and features strength training, interval training, and stretching, while focussing on posture and technique.
Or maybe try some indoor fitness…
But, let’s be realistic. The January weather can be too much for even the most hardcore fitness enthusiast. Feel fabulous and healthy this New Year by joining us at Club Garrack. For £36 for six months, you can use our lovely relaxed pool and sauna for a small fee per session – and if you’re staying with us, membership is included in your room rate.
As well as enjoying our exclusive pool, you can join our regular aqua classes. And in case this is all sounding a bit too worthy, non-resident members also benefit from 10% off all food and drink at The Garrack! Please contact us to find out more.