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Lelant Saltings to St Ives by Train

The train journey to St Ives from Lelant Saltings is lovely.The track runs along stunning coastline to St Ives. Get a window seat on the right for the best views.

Lelant Saltings to St Ives by Train
Lelant
ST IVES
Cornwall
TR26 3DL
4 Stars

Aug 2015

Ms Gonzalez

GREAT WAY TO AVOID PARKING IN ST IVES....

Depending on the tides, Lelant Saltings will either be a lake, or uncovered salt marshes covered with amazing birdlife. Take your binoculars! We saw herons and oystercatchers. The car park is £2.80 to park all day, and the return family train ticket (2 adults + 2 kids) is £8.00. The trains only run every half hour and the queues build quickly, so I would GO EARLY and get into St Ives ahead of the rush.

The train drops you right on Porthminster Beach, so dead easy.

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5 Stars

Mar 2015

Mrs Day

train with a view

Perfect trip around the estuary and into the bay at St Ives, then a short walk into beautiful St Ives. Try the Sloop Inn for lunch.

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5 Stars

Feb 2015

Mrs Pascoe

A must-do

This is such a beautiful stretch of coastline - we like to park at Lelant and then walk the coast path to St Ives (about 5 miles, with some short steep sections up from beach level); it runs parallel to the train track and alongside the beach. You get to have a great lunch and wander round St Ives as your reward, before hopping on the train and taking the easier option home!

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5 Stars

Aug 2014

Mr Everett

Coffee by the beach.

Just up from the Tate at St Ives and on Porthmeor beach, walk to the end of the beach [West End]. There is the West End Bakery, great for Breakfast, Lunch and Coffee. Before the crowds and the beach sitters arrive, have coffee and a bun. Very well priced and the best view of the beach away from the crowds.

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5 Stars

Apr 2014

Lisa

Stunning ride with a view

We recently used the train to visit St Ives and what a joy it was. A relaxing ride along the coast, with absolutely breath-taking views. A brilliant way to beat the sometimes crowded car parks in the town centre!

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5 Stars

Aug 2012

A wonderful experience for the whole family, including the dog!! The views from the train are just stunning. St Ives is a very pretty harbour, and well worth a visit, particularly for its art galleries, Cornish pasties, cream teas and clotted cream fudge! There is a lovely beach for the children and Bamaluz beach is specifically for dog owners. A truly wonderful day out.

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4 Stars

Aug 2012

Mrs Marsden

Try St Earth station instead. It is often not as busy.

If you go after 10 am car parking is very reasonable for the whole of the day. St Earth is only a very short distance from Lelant and has a wonderful little cafe where you can take refreshments whilst you wait for a train.
Don't forget your family and friends rail card. Return to St Ives for family of 5 is then only £7.60!
Wonderful way to get to St Ives

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5 Stars

May 2012

Liz Arnell

A must if you are staying in Cornwall!

This must be the most beautiful train journey in the country with stunning views across St Ives Bay (and it saves you the hassle and cost of trying to park in St Ives!)

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5 Stars

Sep 2011

This has to be one of the most picturesque train journeys there is even though it only lasts for about 10 mins.

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