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Saint Ives Things to Do: 58 reviews and 125 photos

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Downalong is the old fishing part of St Ives that you logically find down by the harbour and it is a network of narrow streets with fishermans' cottages huddling their sides. Turn the wrong corner and you will feel the wind on a brisk day out on what is in fact the beginning of a small peninsula between the beaches. The cottages used to be full of locals but today many of them are sadly abandoned for most of the year and used as holiday homes either for the lucky (and rich!) owners or let to tourists. Those that are lived in all-year-round have often been turned into art galleries and studios and you will find that every little boat shed here seems used for someone to live in during high season. The surfing tourists seem particularly keen on renting here and that's understandable since you are close to the major surfing beach Porthmeor, and some flats even overlook the beach. Everywhere you go you see wetsuits hung out to dry. It's a shame that the locals cannot afford to live here anymore and the whole thing reminded me a lot of the situation in the Yorkshire Dales but a very pretty area it is nevertheless.

Address: The Wharf
Directions: Just stoll along any of the streets between Porthmeor Beach and the harbour.

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  • Written Apr 7, 2010
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