Chapel Carn Brea walk

Walking trail

Choose a clear night to walk up to the most south-westerly of all the West Penwith hills to take in the beauty of the dark skies. Remember to pack a torch, warm clothes, a flask of hot chocolate and any star gazing equipment you have, to enjoy this short walk at night. This walk can be very muddy in winter so make sure you wear appropriate footwear and clothing.

Chapel Carn Brea and milky way


Chapel Carn Brea walk map


Chapel Carn Brea car park


From the car park, go through the metal gate next to the sign with information about the history of this hill.

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Follow the main path straight ahead, taking you up to the top of the hill. Be mindful of the tenant farmer’s herd of Dartmoor ponies which are grazing the hill to improve the habitat for wildlife.

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Ponies grazing at Chapel Carn Brea


Reaching the top of Chapel Carn Brea you will see the beacon, which is lit every year at mid summers eve. Spend some time at the top admiring the dark skies and star constellations. Is it clear enough to make out the milky way? Now’s the perfect time to open your flask and enjoy a hot drink whilst gazing up at the stars.

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From the top of the hill head south down the hill with the granite boulders on your right and follow the path down to the right.


Follow the path as it curves to the left back towards the car park, following the fence line.


Take a right to join the main path you used to walk up the hill, which will return you back to the car park through the metal gate.

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Chapel Carn Brea car park

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Chapel Carn Brea walk


Rocky and muddy during winter and after heavy rain

Chapel Carn Brea walk

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Chapel Carn Brea walk

How to get here

Chapel Carn Brea, Penzance TR19 6JD
By road

via the A30 take a right turn at Crows-an-wra signposted for Land's End airport. Chapel Carn Brea car park will be a turning on your left on this road. 

via St Just take the left turn after Lands End airport signposted for Crows-an-wra. Chapel Carn Brea car park will be a turning on your right on this road.

Chapel Carn Brea walk

Facilities and access

  • Small National Trust car park, donations welcome