Carbis Bay

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Coordinates: 50°11′48″N 5°27′54″W / 50.19659°N 5.46505°W / 50.19659; -5.46505

Carbis Bay is located in Cornwall
Carbis Bay
Carbis Bay shown within Cornwall
Sketch map showing Carbis Bay within St Ives Bay
The beach at Carbis Bay with the Carbis Bay Hotel behind
Carbis Bay from St. Ives

Carbis Bay (Cornish: Porth reb Tor, meaning cove beside the eminence) is a seaside resort and village (Cornish: Karrbons, meaning causeway) in Cornwall, England, UK. It lies one mile southeast of St Ives on the west side of St Ives Bay on the Atlantic coast.[1] The South West Coast Path passes the village.


Carbis Bay is almost contiguous with the town of St Ives and is in St Ives civil parish (part of the area served by St Ives Town Council), which encompasses St Ives, Carbis Bay, Lelant and Halsetown. Lelant, an older settlement, is one mile southeast; the 2001 census gave the combined population of Carbis Bay and Lelant as 3,482.[2]

Carbis Bay overlooks the small bay of the same name (part of St Ives Bay) which is bounded to the north by Porthminster Point and to the east by Hawk's Point and contains a popular family beach. Hawk's Point is within the Hayle Estuary and Carrack Gladden Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and in the Victorian era was known locally for its pleasure grounds. The garden had a tea house, grotto and was a venue for Sunday School outings.[3]


Wheal Providence mine in Carbis Bay is the type locality of the rare mineral Connellite.[4]

Notable structures[edit]

The parish church, which is dedicated to St Anta and All Saints, contains a peal of ten bells. This was the largest peal in a Cornish parish church until St Keverne's bells was increased to ten in 2001.[5] The Carbis Bay Hotel, on the seafront, was built in 1894 by Silvanus Trevail. Behind the village stands the Knill Monument, known locally as "The Steeple", a 50-foot (15 m) high monument to John Knill, a mayor of nearby St Ives during the 18th-century.


St Uny Primary School, a Church of England School voluntarily controlled by the Diocese of Truro, is situated in Carbis Bay.[6]


Carbis Bay railway station is on the cliff above the beach. It is on the St Ives Bay Line, which connects it to St Ives, Lelant, and St Erth. St Erth station is the junction for the main line to London Paddington. To avoid congestion in Carbis Bay and St Ives, motorists are encouraged to use the park and ride facility at Lelant Saltings railway station.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 203 Land's End ISBN 978-0-319-23148-7
  2. ^ Cornwall Population
  3. ^ "The Future (And Some Of The Present) Men And Women Of St Ives And Their Pastime". The Cornishman (60). 4 September 1879. p. 3. 
  4. ^ "Wheal Providence, Providence Mines, Carbis Bay, Lelant, St Ives District, Cornwall, England, UK". Retrieved 2009-01-17. 
  5. ^ Dove, R. H. (2012) A Bellringer's Guide to the Church Bells of Britain and Ringing Peals of the World, 10th ed. Guildford: Viggers
  6. ^ "St Uny School". Retrieved 21 March 2016. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Carbis Bay at Wikimedia Commons