Pentire headland

Purple foxglove growing along the coastal path on the Rumps at Pentire, Cornwall Purple foxglove growing along the coastal path on the Rumps at Pentire, Cornwall

The National Trust’s ambition at Pentire is to manage the land for the benefit of nature and offer an exceptional experience for visitors. The headland is farmed with a focus on creating wildlife friendly habitats, encouraging nature to thrive. The Trust also wishes to encourage visitors to experience this amazing coastal landscape and discover how man has used its assets since the iron age.

What could a visit in the future look like?

There is already some wonderful wildlife to spot but we hope to nurture more species and give visitors opportunity to immerse themselves in a place rich in bird, insect and plant life.

You can read more about how we have already made changes to how Pentire is farmed to benefit wildlife here.

Key to our vision is providing as much access as possible. New and improved footpaths and tramper routes will give many more the opportunity to enjoy the amazing coastline and views from it.

Providing visitors with improved parking, new toilet facilities (including a Changing Place), a café and inside space to relax and learn more about what the Trust is doing is all part of the project.

Winter 2019/20
Work is underway to restore a small group of redundant traditional farm buildings at Pentireglaze and incorporate improved visitor facilities within. Some of the buildings at nearby Pentire Farm will serve the on-going farming requirements.

The new facilities will include:
• Parking
• A café serving seasonal refreshments
• Sheltered indoor seating
• Toilets including a Changing Place facility for visitors with limited mobility
• Information
The facilities are expected to open in late summer 2020.

The existing farmhouse at Pentire Farm is not needed by the current farmer and so it is currently undergoing repairs and renovation and will then be used as holiday accommodation. This will give visitors the opportunity to experience staying in the heart of a rare example of an ancient farmstead. It will also generate valuable income that will directly help fund the conservation work at Pentire.

The farmhouse has been stripped back to its original room layout and in doing so has revealed a selection of impressive fireplaces and ovens. These will be kept adding lots of additional character to the house.
Various repair and infrastructure works are currently underway with the aim of completion by the beginning of June 2020. The house will open as two new holiday units, sleeping four and eight; also available to rent as one large twelve sleeper from the middle of 2020.

This project is part funded by the European Argicultural Fund for Rural Development.