Cornwall has much to be proud of in its wide array of sandy beaches and resorts, making for the perfect late Summer getaway. However St.Ives is the jewel in its crown, with numerous clear sheltered beaches along the coastline. The old fishing town has remained unspoilt for generations, keeping much of it’s architecture. Despite being the perfect spot for a swim and a surf, St.Ives also has a long held reputation as an artist colony, with many taken with its quality of the light and bohemian culture. The town has been home to noted sculptor Barbara Hepworth, potter Bernard Leach and painter Ben Nicholson. A visit to St.Ives should include a stop over at the Tate Gallery and the Godfrey Lighthouse,which has inspired the likes of Virginia Woolfe and DH Lawrence.