Thursday, 13 October 2016


When I was growing up in West Cornwall, my mother packed me off to Sunday School each week.  Every summer the Sunday School took us all off to Carbis Bay for our annual day out on the beach.  Part of the deal was a lunch consisting of a pasty and a saffron bun.  For those not in the know, a saffron bun is a Cornish delicacy, basically a large yellow-coloured currant bun.  To this day I think of Carbis Bay every time I see a saffron bun, a happy thought indeed, this being a delightful spot on the West Cornwall coast.  The beach is sandy, overlooked by a leafy subtropical backdrop and with exceptionally calm waters, unusual for the beaches around here.  The village can be reached by train via the branch line from St Erth to St Ives.  Carbis Bay is just around the coast from St Ives, and there is a pleasant coastal walk  linking the two.  The village itself has a small selection of places to eat and drink and a range of holiday accommodation.  The church is dedicated to St Anta (the saint who gave rise to the name of neighbouring Lelant – see previous post).

The higher ground around here is dominated by a distinctive granite memorial with the appearance of a pointy witch's hat.  This is Knill's Monument, originally erected as a mausoleum for the remains of former Mayor of St Ives, John Knill.

Map of the area. 

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Carbis Bay. Photo by Alan, via Wikimedia Commons.

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