Zennor Head walk

Walking trail

Follow the blue trainer signs that lead down a narrow track, heading seaward towards Zennor headland. There are brilliant views here from the headland looking east and west, and also looking back inland. This walk encompasses beautiful coastal scenery, mining, and the Peninsula’s flora and fauna.

The view towards the village at Zennor on the north coast of Cornwall


Map route for Zennor Head walk


Zennor village car park, grid ref: SW453385


To the right of the car park you will see the Wayside Museum full of industrial and agricultural local history relics. Human settlement around the village of Zennor can be dated from the early Bronze Age (2,000-150 BC). Turn left when you leave the car park. Walk up between the Tinners Arms and the church. This was built in the 12th century on the site of St Senaras original chapel. The building has been extended and renovated to its present form.

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Turn left down the narrow track and head seawards for 0.75 miles (1.2km).

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When you get to the last house on the cliffs, you should be able to see the remnants of old mill workings.

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There are spectacular views up and down the coast from Zennor Cliff. To the west lies Pendour Cove which is forever linked to the myth of the mermaid of Zennor, whose mortal beauty and bewitching song lured to his watery death a sweet voiced chorister of ancient times, Matthew Trewhella.


On your way back, look out for the few visible relics of the cliff-top buildings that served the 19th-century copper and tin mining industry. The dangerous lower cliffs to the east are riddled with adits (the tunnels driven into the mine-shafts for drainage purposes). Also, spot kestrels as they hover effortlessly above the cliffs looking for their next meal.


We hope that you really enjoyed this one-mile walk. The National Trust looks after some of the most spectacular areas of countryside for the enjoyment of all. We need your support to help us continue our work to cherish the countryside and provide access to our beautiful and refreshing landscapes. To find out more about how you too can help our work as a volunteer, member or donor please go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk.


Zennor village car park, grid ref: SW453385

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Zennor Head walk


This is a nice easy walk to the cliffs, following a narrow track that leads to the coast path and onto Zennor Head.

Zennor Head walk

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Zennor Head walk

How to get here

Zennor, near St Ives, Cornwall TR26 3DA
By train

St Ives, 4 miles (6.4km).

By road

On B3306 take turning to Zennor and park in village car park.

By bus

Service 508, Monday to Saturday, Penzance to St Ives; 300 open-top Cornwall explorer, May to August. Alight Zennor bus stop, then short walk to village car park.

Zennor Head walk

Facilities and access

  • Tinners Arms pub and backpackers café in Zennor provide excellent food
  • Gurnards Head pub just west of Zennor has a nationally recognized restaurant
  • Toilets in Zennor Churchtown
  • Free parking: Trencrom Hill, OS SW517359, Rosewall Hill, OS SW487394, Carn Galver, donations welcome, OS SW422364
  • Zennor Town: Not NT, Free parking, donations welcome, OS SW453385