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View over the countryside to the sea from Godolphin Hill, West Cornwall
Views to the sea from Godolphin Hill | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Godolphin Hill walk

Enjoy a gentle ramble up to the top of Godolphin Hill, which offers one of the most impressive views over West Cornwall you can find – on a clear day stretching to St Michael's Mount and St Ives bay.

Total steps: 6

Total steps: 6

Start point

Godolphin reception/tea room; grid ref: SW600318

Step 1

Leave the car park and turn right, up the track past the path in the hedge on your left.

Step 2

2. Continue past the barns and where the track curves to the right go over the cattle grid on the far left and follow the path across the field. At the far end, go over the stile to enter the wide tree-shaded lane known as the Slips.

Step 3

Turn right and follow the path up the Slips to reach an arrangement of gates and walls, developed over centuries to give livestock access to the estate's main water supply, which follows the line of the avenue. Continue through the gate and uphill, passing fenced-off pits on your left and mine shafts protected by 'collors' of moss-covered stone walls. Follow the path through a gateway and continuing uphill until you reach the junction with the path encircling the base of Godolphin Hill.

Step 4

Turn left and take the path around the hill. Follow the path until, close to Leeds' Shaft, a path forks left down to Park Gate, an opening in the old deer park pale.

Step 5

Ignore this path and take the one on the right up towards the summit of Godolphin Hill.

Step 6

When you reach the top of the hill, the full panorama is revealed. On a clear day you can see both coasts, to the south views of Mounts Bay and the iconic St Michaels Mount and to the north views of St Ives Bay. Leaving the summit take the path north, on the right, which will lead you down towards the Slips, from where you can retrace your steps to the car park.

End point

Godolphin reception/tea room; grid ref: SW600318

Trail map

Godolphin Hill walk map
Godolphin Hill walk map | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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