Walking Carn Naun to St. Ives
Distance 3 miles (4.8 km).
Duration: 1hr 30min.
Grid reference SW477408 to SW507413.
For ease of parking, this walk was undertaken in reverse.
Park your car and head down past the cemetery to Porthmeor Road. Turn left passing a putting green and bowling green. Pick up the coast path now and head over the low cliffs to Clodgy Point. This area is well used by families as it offers a slightly different slant on St. Ives. Continue on your way to Clodgy Point, our start point for the day. Incidentally 'Clodgy' is Cornish for 'leper'... the mind boggles!
Use the seat to organise yourself for the walk. Head up the relatively steep hill to a marker post. Take the right-hand path now up onto Burthallan Cliff, ignoring the inland route marker. The path climbs steadily now and was quite muddy in places due to springs flowing down from the hills above. Crossing these rivulets has been made slightly easier by handily placed stepping stones. Take care here because the large rocks are set into the path at odd angles, making it all too easy to twist an ankle. Follow the 80 metre (260 foot) contour now around Hellesveor Cliff (NT) above Hor Point - grid ref. SW498413. Now some 10 minutes into your walk follow the undulating path between the points reaching a short steep climb just above Zawn Quoits after a further 15 minutes. On reaching the top you are rewarded with a large flat grassy area at Pen Enys Point, also NT, at grid ref. SW491412.
The beach below you on the western side is called Polgassick Cove. Ahead you see a large post which at first you think is a coastal footpath marker post. On reaching it however, you see that it is a route marker for the Trevalgan Farm Holiday Park Trail. Their posts give little snippets of information about Badgers (#16), whales and seals (#18) and the shipwreck of the 'Bessemer City' cargo ship in 1936 (#19) and tell you that this area is called Trevalgan Cliff. Use the wooden boardwalk to cross over boggy ground fed by another spring. At Trevalgan Farm marker post #20 you are informed that you are roughly 4 miles from Zennor and the two routes now separate. Bear right at the path junction and continue following the contours passing the small inlet of Brea Cove.
At another path junction take the most seaward route and not the permissive path to pass a rocky outcrop. Gorse and purple heather flowers carpeted the ground when we were there. Stop at the 'Ordnance Survey Triangulation Station OS BM S8139' (Trig. Point) of Carn Naun Point - grid ref. SW476411, some 97 metres (320 feet) above the sea. This is your end point for the day. Enjoy the view looking westwards to glimpse Gurnard's Head and Pendeen or east to see Pen Enys Point, Godrevy Island and Lighthouse and St Agnes Head. Inland lie the granite hills of north west Penwith.
If you wish you can take time out to head west from Carn Naun to River Cove, taking care down the rocky path as it can be quite steep in places. You may be lucky enough to see a small waterfall tumbling into the cove if it has rained recently. Rest for a short while at River Cove before retracing your steps or returning via inland field paths to your car in St. Ives.
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby: