Billie's September walk
Our 'Walk of the month' feature this month has gorgeous views, the BBC's Poldark locations and an oldy worldy feel to it. It's fairly dry but with potentially soggy fields. There are two sections of steep steps with more gentle descents. Some uneven ground but mostly goof underfoot. A couple of short stretches on quiet roads. Parking is limited but hopefully now that we've past peak holiday season should be more do-able.
It is our usual one hour-ish. It can be done more swiftly if desired and it can also be completed at a more leisurely, exploratory pace.
The walk will be available to all free of charge for the duration of the month. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Penberth Cove and Logan Rock
The parking for this walk is roadside on the unnamed road to Penberth Cove, off the B3315 just before Treen (nearest postcode TR19 6HJ, OS SW401 229). It is a very sharp turn so you might find it easier to take the next left, turn in Treen and come back to it. Parking is limited to a short stretch where the road widens out only, a little way after the tree with baubles. If you’re walking during the busier months you may have to pay to park in the seasonal car park at the end of the road in Treen.
Walk towards the coast with Penberth River initially on your left past the pretty cottages, including the lovely 17th century Thatched Cottage. Just opposite Jeffery’s Cottage, as the sea comes in to sight, there is a small footbridge. This is thought to date from the 17th century and is the only example of a clapper bridge found in West Cornwall. Before crossing either this or the stepping stones take time to enjoy the slipway and 19th century windlass (an 8-man powered capstan used for hauling boats up the beach). Please note dogs are not allowed onto the beach, except perhaps the resident one who usually greets us! There is a dog bin in the cove and also a toilet in the small building behind the bench which is usually unlocked and warm!
Cross the stepping stones towards Morwenna’s Schoolhouse (for the Poldark fans). This cute little 18th century building was most likely used as a fisherman’s stores. Turn left up the hill and steps. Ignore the left turn and keep ascending Cribba Head. Enjoy the breath-taking views of the magnificent cliffs as you continue on the coast path. As you reach, and go through the gateway the ground can get a little muddy. The area ahead is usually grazed by ponies so please close the gate and keep dogs close.
Once you reach the higher ground again you will notice a high bank on your left. This is what remains of an earth and stone rampart. Turn left onto the signed Treryn Dinas. The promontory fort that once stood here used the steep cliffs surrounding three sides of it as great natural defences. There are more ramparts inside with ditches and banks still evident. Logan Rock is ahead and the name refers to a ‘rocking’ stone that is part of the impressive rocky outcrop. It is possible to climb on to this and I have even seen someone taking a selfie from the top but do take care as the footholds are not the easiest.
Double back to return to the coast path and turn left. Ignore the right turn and take either path ahead. The beautiful views of Porthcurno Beach and the Minack Theatre on the headland behind continue all along here.
Through either gate, and if you’d like the shorter walk turn right along the bridleway now and follow it into Treen. Otherwise continue on, taking the left path ahead (though they do meet up if you’d rather take the flatter right-hand route). This path is a little uneven underfoot with an occasional muddy patch. The alluring beach below is Pedn Vounder and is accessible at or near low tide via a fairly tricky climb from part way along here, look out for the ‘Dangerous’ signage. Please note, this is a nudist beach.
The odd little white pyramid marks the spot where the first submarine telegraph cables came ashore. From here they went to the Telegraph Station, now a museum, in Porthcurno. The first cable was laid by the Falmouth, Gibraltar & Malta Telegraph Company owned by John Pender and was from India with this final section being laid in 1870. The first message was sent on the 23rd June from Bombay to Pender’s London home and the following day the line was open to the public.
Branch left as the two paths meet back up and just after the left bend turn right on a footpath marked TFC (not Treen Football Club but Farm Campsite!). At the end of the path go over the stile and through the gate into a field. Keep to the left-hand hedge, going over the tall stile in the corner and then follow the worn path to the next stile. Go over and keep going in the same direction to the next double stile. Here head towards the gateway in the left-hand hedge and once through turn right to go across the field to the gateway in the far-left corner. Through the gate to join the track and turn left. If you took the shortcut, you’re back with us now.
Follow this track as it bends right at the TFC entrance and goes into Treen village. There are several 18th century cottages and farmhouses here, mostly remodelled at a later date but still very charming. Turn right in front of the terraced houses and go past the little Methodist Chapel. If you parked in Treen then your walk starts and ends here!
Everyone, take the track on the right of the car park, going straight onto a path where the track turns. Follow this path, which can be quite squelchy, going over the stile and then turning left into the field. There can be ponies here so please keep dogs close. You are now in a fenced path which you follow, turning right at the gate, to the next stile. Climb over, turn right again and go through the gateway. Here we turn left and head towards the right-hand corner, which we follow around, going over the stile at the end.
Keep to the left hedge and then go over the stile in the back, left corner. You are now on a lovely woodland path. Follow this as it bends left and descends. At the bottom turn left, again it can be soggy here, and walk beside the wall. Turn right at the cottage, walking along their driveway to the road and your car.
By undertaking this walk you are accepting full responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of yourself and those in your party. © 2020 AC Elliott