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Penwith Access and Rights of Way    (PAROW)


This is a local community based organisation working with a wide range of partners including the West Cornwall Local Action Group and Cornwall Council to improve access to the countryside for both local people and visitors, with a particular interest in access to Penwith’s diverse collection of Ancient and Historic Sites. It also aims to help encourage tourism for the benefit of local businesses and to offer people the opportunity to carry out practical conservation tasks.



A Circular Walk from Chapel Carn Brea

 4.3 Miles



A Walk Visiting Five Historic Ancient Sites


 This circular walk offers the possibility of several alternatives, depending on the walker’s available time and level of fitness. The walk starts from the National Trust car park at Chapel Carn Brea and goes across Tredinney Common to visit St Euny Chapel. It continues to reach Carn Euny settlement which is managed by English Heritage before continuing on to look at the remains of Caer Bran Hill fort which has recently undergone a great deal of scrub clearance carried out by PAROW. The return route takes us back via Bartinney Downs visiting the site of Bartinney Castle before crossing Numphra common, and then uses a mixture of footpaths and open access land to return to the starting point.


The walk offers the opportunity to visit a number of important historic sites and there are tremendous panoramic views from the summits of Caer Bran and Bartinney Hill. The route is mainly on clearly defined paths with some stiles and steeper sections but can be muddy in places after heavy rain.


 The route does not directly pass close to any villages, but it is possible to get refreshments at several places locally, including the café at Lands End Airport. The Town of St Just is close by with a good range of local shops, pubs and cafes offering local produce and services.