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Walking trail

This double-loop walk offers far ranging views and a variety of beautiful scenery to enjoy. A host of highlights include Carne Beacon, a Bronze Age barrow with views across to St Agnes Beacon on the north coast; an Iron Age earthwork; a Second World War decoy bunker; a delightful wooded valley and breath-taking views from the tip of Nare Head and from the South West Coast Path. This trail weaves in and out of National Trust land. Livestock may be present at certain times of the year (points 7 - 9 and 9 - 14).

The footpath at Nare Head


Map route for Roseland Nare Head walk


Carne car park, grid ref: SW906383


In the right-hand corner of the car park go over the wooden stile into a field, walking along the base of the valley away from the car park. Bear right up the hill (not over the footbridge).


At the brow of the hill you'll see a large, flat area, continue on from this, cross the stone stile and follow the hedgeline down the right-hand side of the field.

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At the end of the field, go through the kissing gate, then turn right to follow a short section of minor road.


As the road bends to the right, cross the double stile in front of you, following the footpath across the field.

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Climb the short way to the top of the beacon.

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Looking over to Carne Beacon


Exit the field via the stone step stile, coming out onto a minor road. Bear left along the road, towards the houses of Carne village.


Walk through Carne village, bearing right following the public footpath signs.


The road ends at an intersection of grassy footpaths; take the left hand path. Nare Head will soon come into view.

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View of Nare Head


Stay on the coast path, crossing the footbridge at the base of the valley, past the remains of Mallet's Cottage up to the right. Turn left opposite the cottage, heading inland through Paradoe Valley woods. Come out of the woods, through the kissing gate and bear left along edge of the field hedge line.

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Renovated Mallets Cottage


Go through a kissing gate, past Kiberick car park, cross the road and through the next kissing gate into a field. Follow the path down towards Kiberick cove, bear right keeping the sea on your left.

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Cross the wooden stile into the next field. The path is close to the cliff edge, so please keep children and dogs under close control. Continue along the path and over another wooden stile.

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Go through this field, which has a World War 2 decoy bunker and early-warning ROC observation post in it. Continue along, keeping the sea on your left, towards Nare Head.

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The cold war bunker at Nare Head


At the waymarker turn left towards and on to Nare Head. Then follow the path down hill, back back past Mallet's Cottage and continue along towards Carne beach.

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Stay on the South West Coast Path around Gerrans Bay. The path comes out onto the road above Carne beach, bear left downhill following the road back into Carne car park.

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Carne car park, grid ref: SW906383

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A range of terrain with steep sections and stiles (some over stone hedges and steep to get up and over) as well as steps and kissing gates. Some short sections of the path can be muddy (at any time of the year). Livestock graze within this route (sheep and cattle), but well-behaved dogs under close supervision are most welcome. Beware of cliff edges on coastal paths. Not all of the paths are owned and managed by the National Trust.

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Contact us

Telephone: 01872 580553
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How to get here

Carne beach car park, Veryan, Cornwall. TR2
By train
Truro: 11 miles
By road

Travel on the A3078 south, turning off at signs for Veryan village. Go through the village and follow signs for Carne and Pendower.

Parking: On site parking at Carne beach.
By foot

The south west coast path goes past Carne beach.

By bicycle

Visit the Sustrans website to see cycle routes local to our property and plan your route in.

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Facilities and access

  • Seasonal toilets at Carne beach car park
  • Carne beach car park (NT members free)
  • Rest at benches along the way to enjoy the views