The St Ives Bay Line
St Erth - St Ives (St Erth - Lelant Saltings - Lelant - Carbis Bay - St Ives)

This picturesque line, quite possibly the most scenic branch line in Britain, is truly the best way to arrive in St. Ives and to visit the Tate Gallery!

Opened by Prince Charles in 1993, with its changing displays of work by artists who lived or stayed in the town, the Tate Gallery has brought an enormous fillip to the town. Hundreds of thousands have enjoyed the paintings, sculptures and ceramics, as well as the permanent display of work by sculptor Dame Barbara Hepworth.

Join the branch line from the main line station of St. Erth, or use the Park and Ride facilities at Lelant Saltings (postcode TR26 3DL). Frequent services operate into St. Ives, trains every thirty minutes, Mondays to Saturdays with Sunday trains too all year round.

Soak in the dramatic views as the line sweeps alongside the golden sands of Hayle Towans, through Carbis Bay and onto St. Ives with panoramic views of craggy cliffs and the colourful harbour.

The little lanes and streets that criss-cross St Ives can best be appreciated on foot. Explore into the heart of this historic and picturesque town with its many shops, galleries, pubs and restaurants. Most trains run directly between St. Ives and Penzance, so you can visit the north and south coasts of Cornwall in just 20 minutes, enjoying spectacular views along the way

How to find the St Ives Bay Line

By car. There is a large Park & Ride car park at Lelant Saltings station. Cost just £2.50 all day (January 2014).

Lelant Saltings station is well signposted from the main A30. Follow the "Park & Ride for St Ives" signs. A location map can be found here.

The postcode for Lelant Saltings station is TR26 3DL. More information about Lelant Saltings station can be found here.

By train. St Erth station is on the main Plymouth - Truro - Penzance line. Find train times here


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Useful links:

This is the website of the Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership, School of Geography, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, PL4 8AA e-mail
We are a Community Rail Partnership, one of the longest established and largest in the country. Find out more about us here

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