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Carbis Bay - Porth Kidney Beach

St Ives, Cornwall

A beautiful 1.5km sandy beach backed by an expanse of sand dunes. An ideal retreat for those who dislike the resort beaches. The beach suffers from occasional litter and fishing debris.

Beach Type



First aid station
Disabled toilets
Lost child centre
Mumbles Pier
Children’s Play Area
Picnic Area
Restaurant and pubs can be found along the Mumbles about half mile walk


Swimming fishing surfing canoeing

Nature and Wildlife

There are public rights of way across the golf course. Cycle routes via back roads from Carbis Bay. Walks to St. Ives or Hayle via coastal footpaths.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

The beach is cleaned daily by the lifeguard service for the Council. Dogs are allowed on the beach but dog litter bins are not provided.

Awards and Recommendations

Blue Flag Beach
Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

St Ives Tourist Information Centre: The Guildhall, Street-an-Pol, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 2DS Tel: 0905 252 2250. Website:


Nearest town: St Ives
County: Cornwall
Latitude/Longitude: 50.1947, -5.44719
Postcode: TR26 3GN
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

Explore more of the area around St Ives, Cornwall at Explore Britain.


If you are travelling by car. make your way to Lelant and then follow the signs to Lelant church. Access is via a footpath across West Cornwall Golf Club land. Care needs to be taken to stay on the paths to avoid being hit by golf balls.

Public Transport

The nearest train station is Lelant Saltings. The nearest bus stop is on the main road to St. Ives in Lelant Village itself. Bus route 501 516

Nearest Railway Stations

Carbis Bay (Less than a mile away)
Lelant Saltings (About a mile away)
Lelant (About a mile away)
Hayle (About a mile and a half away)
St Erth (Approx. 2 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


pay and display

Nearby Car Parks

Porthrepta, Carbis Bay (Long stay).
About 0.7 miles away
Carbis Bay Station, St. Ives (Unknown stay).
About 0.7 miles away
Riviere Towans, Phillack (Unknown stay).
About 0.9 miles away
Lelant Station, St Ives (Unknown stay).
About 0.9 miles away
Lelant Saltings Station, Lelant (Unknown stay).
About 1.1 miles away
Hayle Station, Hayle (Unknown stay).
About 1.4 miles away
Foundry Square, Hayle (Long stay).
About 1.4 miles away
Millponds Gardens, Hayle (Unknown stay).
About 1.4 miles away
Commercial Road, Hayle (Long stay).
About 1.5 miles away
St. Erth Station, St. Erth (Unknown stay).
About 1.7 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in St Ives