Monday 23 November 2009

St Ives Back Road Trail - Arts and Crafts

The Back Road Trail - Click on the image to enlarge.

The Back Road Trail is a guide to some of the Studios, Galleries and Workshops of St Ives - particularly those around the Downalong end of town.

Printed copies are available from St Ives Tourist Information or you can click on the image above for a larger version.

It includes a map showing suggested places to visit.

There is no prescribed route but a good starting point might be St Ives Parish Church - easy to find. The church hosts occasional exhibitions and is worth a look in its own right.

You could then walk down to The Slipway and along The Wharf where there are a few galleries including Harbour Galleries mid-way and Art Space towards the end.

Walking back towards The Sloop Inn you will find The Sloop Craft Market with a number of small studios.

Turn up Fish Street towards Back Road. There are several places in the area highlighted on the map.

At the end of Back Road you can continue along Porthmeor to Tate St Ives or a left turn will take you along The Digey to Fore Street.

A walk along Fore Street will take you past many more galleries, until you reach the end and are back to the church.

A final stop might be the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden a short distance up the hill from there.

You could also continue past the church into St Andrews Street where you will find several more galleries (not on the map). A right turn at the end takes you into Street-an-Pol where Millennium Gallery is to be found opposite St Ives Guildhall.

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