Walk from St Teath to the coast and back

Distance about 6 miles
Steep uphill sections: one - climb about 250 ft
Muddy sections in wet weather
Some gates and stiles which may be difficult for non-spritely large dogs.
On-road walking about 1½ miles

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or print map and instructions from pdf file here.

This walk is more demanding than our first - wear sturdy footwear!

Start from the Square in St Teath(1) and follow the path alongside the cemetery through three kissing gates and turn left at Treroosal Road. Go downhill, past Rosewater Caravan site, then uphill past Treroosal farm on the right. Take the roughly surfaced lane on the right (2), marked public footpath. Follow the lane gently uphill to the remains of a railway bridge over what was the line from Waterloo to Padstow, although the cutting under the bridge has been completely filled in (3).

St Teath from (3)

To your right are excellent views of St Teath with Michaelstow Beacon beyond. Now follow the path into a tree covered lane, through a gate at the end and after a few yards over a stile on the right. Turn left after the stile and walk along the edge of three fields to reach the B3314 road. Turn right into the road beware traffic. In about 50 yards turn left into a track alongside Lower Tynes farm (4). Soon there is a fork - take the right-hand track into a lane, which opens out into three gated fields, eventually reaching a large farm building on the right. Carry on by the fence to the end of the field. Bear left here, but you could turn right along a permissive path to avoid the steep descent and climb that follows. Bearing left you soon reach the remains of the hamlet of Dannon Chapel (6), which included a manor house, now on National Trust land. After this, head for the sea to reach the coastal path at (7). To your left are good views of the coast to Pentire Point and the Rumps. Turn right along the coast path with Tregardock beach ahead and then descend a series of 153 steps to the bottom of the valley. Cross the bridge over the stream and climb the steep zig-zag path to the top of the cliff. Turn right here leaving the coastal path to pass through a gate and follow the fields, eventually reaching Tregragon Farm (9)

As an easier alternative you can turn right over the stile at the bottom of the valley and follow the attractive valley path to the top of the hill just short of Tregragon Farm.

Tregardock from (7)

Follow the path through the farmyard, (keep dogs under close control) and then take the rough track downhill on the right, 50 yards or so after the farm buildings. This leads to a boggy area (10) at the bottom which you cross, and then go up a bank, then turning left under some trees and along the lower side of the hedge to head uphill. Turn right at the end of the first field and pass through two fields to reach a gated lane on the left. This leads out to the B3314 road again. Cross straight over into a narrow road which is Gypsy Lane. At the end of the lane (11) turn right onto the B3267 to St Teath (1).

Thanks to Gill Jones for this walk. Suggestions for new walks in the St Teath area welcome.

Shorter Alternative

A shorter version of this walk, missing out the sections between St Teath and the coast, is described here.

Round walk from St Teath avoiding busy roads

Distance about 3½ miles
Modest uphill sections: 2
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or print map and instructions from pdf file here

There are numerous footpaths surrounding St Teath, some of which are little used and readily become somewhat overgrown, or emerge on to relatively narrow and quite busy roads. With this in mind, here is an easy walk avoiding muddy paths, mostly on quiet roads, starting and ending at the village square.

From the clock head towards the Post Office and almost immediately left into Trevilley Lane. Pass the 19th century Methodist Chapel on your right and soon pass the small cemetery at the village boundary. You will see the slate dumps at Delabole in the distance. After passing under the pylons you should get good views to your right of our route past Trewalder on the other side of the valley, and further in the distance, Roughtor and (partly obscured) Brown Willy on the right. After about 1 mile, turn right at the crossroads and over the bridge to the pretty hamlet of Newhall Green. If you have a dog, it may fancy a paddle in the stream just before the crossroads.

Cottages at Newhall Green

Now head uphill to the hamlet of Trewalder. Turn right at the T junction and pass the old Trewalder Chapel, now private property, on your left and the imposing Trewalder House a few yards further on your right. You are now heading south and soon pass the large Bodulgate dairy farm on your right, with good distant views back towards St Teath. Follow the road over the small bridge to Treforda and further on cross the busy A39 to the wooded road opposite.

Take the first turning on the right towards Knightsmill and pass the attractive old Tregreenwell farmhouse on this twisting road. You soon emerge on to the A39 again. Cross the road and on to the pavement over the bridge at the bottom of the hill. Turn right and walk up the hill back to St Teath. You arrive in Fore Street, passing Greystones, an interesting slate fronted house on the right and originally a village pub. Carry on past the church on the left to the village square, where you will find refreshment at the pub (dogs on leads are welcome).