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Image shows a group of people walking through a field on Bosigran Farm in Cornwall, with views over the countryside visible in the background.
Walking at Bosigran Farm, Cornwall | © National Trust Images/John Millar

Bosigran circular walk

Enjoy a leisurely circular walk in Bosigran, passing through an ancient landscape steeped in mining history, with far-reaching coastal and moorland views. Along this walk you'll discover two historic engine houses, symbols of mining activity at Carn Galva, Watchcroft, Porthmoina and Porthmeor valleys.

Planning your walk

Please note this walk starts at Carn Galva car park, which is a 20-minute drive from Cape Cornwall.

Total steps: 5

Total steps: 5

Start point

Carn Galva car park, grid ref: SW421364

Step 1

From the car park, follow the footpath that lies on the western side of the Engine House, turning seaward through a field system to the coast path.

Step 2

Turn right onto the South West Coast Path and at the top of Bosigran Iron Age castle enjoy the views westwards to Pendeen Watch and eastwards to Gurnard's Head. The ramparts of the castle are clearly visible.

Step 3

Continue along the Coast Path around Carn Veslan cliff, where there's a wooden stile that leads to Porthmeor Cove, renowned for its geological importance.

Image shows a black and white Belted Galloway cow grazing on a hillside at Carn Galva, Cornwall, with rocks visible in the background a view of the sea in the distance.
A grazing Belted Galloway cow at Carn Galva, Cornwall | © National Trust Images/Hilary Daniel

Step 4

Turn inland, where a slight ascent leads to the church path at Bosigran. At this point you can see the Porthmeor Tin stamps with its well-preserved buddle system, the base of which had revolving brushes which separated crushed ore from spoil rock.

Step 5

Now turn right over a granite stile and follow the church path through Bosigran Farm. Continue westward on the footpath back to Carn Galva car park.

End point

Carn Galva car park, grid ref: SW421364

Trail map

An Ordnance Survey map outlining a circular walking route around Bosigran, Cornwall
Bosigran trail map | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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