Treveal Farmhouse, Zennor, Cornwall TR26 3BWRoute details and mapDownload as a print friendly PDF
Starting at Carn Galva car park, the most striking features are the two engine houses, symbols of mining activity at Carn Galva, Watchcroft, Porthmoina and Porthmeor valleys. This walk then passes through an ancient landscape steeped in mining history, with stunning coastal and moorland views.
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Start: Carn Galva car park, grid ref: SW421364
From Carn Galva car park, follow the footpath that lies on the western side of the Engine House, turning seaward through a field system to the coast path.
These prominent engine houses, one for winding and one for pumping water, were built during the 1850s and closed in 1875. We restored and consolidated them in the 1980s.
Turn right onto the South West Coast Path and at the top of Bosigran Iron Age castle enjoy the views westwards to Pendeen Watch and eastwards to Gurnard's Head. The ramparts of the castle are clearly visible.
Continue along the Coast Path around Carn Veslan cliff, where there's a wooden stile that leads to Porthmeor Cove, renowned for its geological importance.
Hardy belted Galloway cattle graze the cliff tops. The fruits of their labours can be seen particularly in the spring, when flowers flood the area in a blaze of colour.
Turn inland, where a slight ascent leads to the church path at Bosigran. At this point you can see the Porthmeor Tin stamps with its well-preserved buddle system, the base of which had revolving brushes which separated crushed ore from spoil rock.
High above the cliff tops, the kestrel hovers effortlessly, searching for its prey of small mammals and crickets. This majestic bird can be seen all year round.
Now turn right over a granite stile and follow the church path through Bosigran Farm. Continue westward on the footpath back to Carn Galva car park.
End: Carn Galva car park, grid ref: SW421364
- Trail: Walking
- Grade: Easy
- Distance: 3 miles (5km)
- Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
- OS Map: Explorer 102
A walk along coastal and inland paths, including rough terrain, stiles, gates and a few ascents. Dogs are welcome, but please keep under close control through farmland.
- How to get here:
By foot: 438yd (400m) inland from the South West Coast Path at Bosigran Cliffs
By bus: Service 300, Penzance to Lands End and St Ives; service 508, Penzance to St Ives, May to October (no Sunday service)
By car or bike: Carn Galva car park lies beside B3306 approximately half way between St Ives and St Just, next to two ruined engine houses
- Telephone: 01736 796993
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/st-ives-to-pendeen/