I have to confess that I didnít set off in search of St. Ivesí modest yet well cared for ground, and certainly didnít expect to stumble across it several miles outside of the town, adjacent to a park and ride car park.
As those of an artistic bent will be well aware, St. Ives is more famous for its art than football, boasting as it does the Tate St. Ives Gallery and Barbara Hepworth museum. Equally, flat ground is also something that the town does not have an abundance of and therefore itís no surprise in retrospect to find the local football club where it is.
St. Ives Town FC entered the Cornwall Combination in 1992, having previously played in the Mining Division League.
The ground is entered through some rather smart gates, with the club initials emblazoned on them. The pay hut, with its rather stern warning to spectators and players alike to mind their language, is immediately beyond. This adjoins the only building in the ground, which combines as changing rooms and tea bar. The two dugouts are on opposite sides of the pitch.
A particular curiosity of the ground however, is the clubís ingenious approach to providing a perimeter rail: several lengths of blue hosepipe - priceless!
From the A30 follow the signs to St. Ives park and ride. The ground is adjacent to the car park.
Lelant Saltings (St Ives Branch line) adjacent to ground.