Let’s face it, Christmas is all about indulgence. But after a day of feasting and frivolities, nothing beats getting out and about to blow away the cobwebs and work up an appetite for another mince pie (or two).
With this in mind, here are some of our favourite places to embark on a Boxing Day stroll.
Mexico Towans Beach
This three-mile-long sandy stretch is the ideal place to fill up those lungs with some sea air. The beach begins at the mouth of the Hayle estuary and takes you all the way to Upton Towans Beach which has rock pools and sand dunes – the perfect playground for little ones looking to blow off some steam.
St Ives to Carbis Bay
If the weather’s kind, and you’re looking to enjoy a circular walk around the town, then we’d recommend the St Ives to Carbis Bay route. You’ll start at Trenwith car park before heading through the Steeple Woods nature reserve and following the Carbis Bay valley. Eventually, you’ll end up on the coastal path from Carbis Bay to Porthminster Beach before ending up back at St Ives.
Yes, we know it’s only on our doorstep, but Porthminster will forever be one of our favourite places to visit around Christmas time. It’s a short, sandy stretch, so you won’t be able to get your step count up too much, but there’s something magical about stopping for a few minutes to stand and soak up the views.
St Ives to Zennor
For the more adventurous walkers, there’s the six-mile-long walk from St Ives to Zennor. Starting at Porthmoer Beach, you’ll trek along the coastal path, over pebbly coves, and past Pen Enys Point, and will be rewarded with some fabulous views. There’s also the popular pub, The Tinner’s Arms, at the other end so you can enjoy a well deserved Boxing Day pie and pint or a cup of coffee by the fireside before hopping on the bus back to St Ives.
However, if all this sounds far too strenuous for your liking, you can always just sit back and relax with a cream tea in our Brasserie or take a Boxing Day dip in our indoor pool – the choice is yours.