Walking

Walking trail

Godolphin Hill walk

Walking trail

A gentle ramble up to the top of Godolphin Hill which boasts one of the best views over West Cornwall. On a clear day you can see St Michael's Mount and St Ives bay.

Large rocks and bracken on Godolphin Hill, looking north

Map

Godolphin hill walk map

Start:

Godolphin reception/tea room; grid ref: SW600318

1

Leave the car park and turn right, up the track past the path in the hedge on your left. Continue past the barns and where the track curves to the right, go over the cattle grid still on the far left and follow the path across the field. At the far end, go over the stile to enter the wide tree-shaded lane known as the Slips. Turn right and follow the path. Continue up the Slips to reach an arrangement of gates and walls, developed over centuries to give livestock access to the estate's main water supply, which follows the line of the avenue.

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2

Continue through the gate and up hill, passing fenced-off pits on your left and mine shafts protected by 'collors' of moss-covered stone walls. Follow the path through a gateway and onto a widening triangle of scrub-dotted land at the top of the Slips. Continue up hill until you reach the junction with the path encircling the base of Godolphin Hill. Turn left and take the path around the hill.

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3

Follow the path until, close to Leeds' Shaft, a path forks left down to Park Gate, an opening in the old deer park pale. Ignore this path and take the one on the right up towards the summit.

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4

When you reach the top of the hill the full breathtaking panorama is revealed. Leaving the summit take the path north, on the right which will lead you down towards the Slips, from where you can retrace your steps to the car park.

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End:

Godolphin reception/tea room; grid ref: SW600318

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Godolphin Hill walk

Terrain

A moderate climb; some uneven paths, muddy in winter. Dogs are welcome to roam free, but please keep them on leads when around cattle.
Godolphin Hill walk

Contact us

Telephone: 01736 763194
 
Email: godolphin@nationaltrust.org.uk
 
Godolphin Hill walk

How to get here

Address
Godolphin, Godolphin Cross, Helston, Cornwall, TR13 9RE
By road
From Helston take A394 to Sithney Common, turn right onto B3302 to Leedstown, turn left, follow signs.
From Hayle B3302 to Leedstown, turn right, follow signs.
From west, B3280 through Goldsithney, turn right at Townsend.
Godolphin Hill walk

Facilities and access

  • Free car parking for National Trust members and blue badge holders at Godolphin
  • Tea room
  • Toilet and baby changing facilities
  • Coach access from Townshend