Bosigran walk

Treveal Farmhouse, Zennor, Cornwall TR26 3BW

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Prominent engine houses, one for winding and one for pumping water. © Shaun Boyns

Prominent engine houses, one for winding and one for pumping water.

Hardy Belted Galloway cattle graze the cliff tops © Shaun Boyns

Hardy Belted Galloway cattle graze the cliff tops

The kestrel can be seen all year round © Shaun Boyns

The kestrel can be seen all year round

Route overview

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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Route of the Bosigran walk in West Cornwall
  • Directions
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  • Toilet
  • Viewpoint

Start: Carn Galva car park, grid ref: SW421364

  1. 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.

    Show/HideEngine houses

    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.

    Prominent engine houses, one for winding and one for pumping water. © Shaun Boyns
  2. 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.

  3. 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.

    Show/HideGalloway cattle

    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.

    Hardy Belted Galloway cattle graze the cliff tops © Shaun Boyns
  4. 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.

    Show/HideKestrels

    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.

    The kestrel can be seen all year round © Shaun Boyns
  5. 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
  • Terrain:

    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


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