Walks around Pendeen 2

Pendeen - Pendeen Fougou - Pendeen Watch Lighthouse - Portherras Beach Pendeen
Length of Walk - 2.5 miles
Can be Muddy - need Boots.
Facilities : Free Car Park, Public Toilet, Public Telephone, Shop, Pubs

The walk begins at the bus stop opposite Boscaswell Stores. Cross the road and take Leat Road signposted 'to the Lighthouse'.
At the end of the road opposite Calartha Farm sign turn left down towards the sea. A right fork takes you to the 16th century Pendeen Manor Farm, the birthplace of Dr William Borlase, famous historian, naturalist, antiquarian and archaeologist. There is a plaque to this effect on the end wall of the house. Across the farmyard is Pendeen Vau Fougou. This is an Iron Age man-made underground passage and small chamber the purpose of which is lost in time. Permission must be sought from the farm to visit the fougou.

Just above the fishermen's huts join the higher path to Portherras Cove - the large sandy beach ahead of you. Here the 'Alacrity' was wrecked in 1963.
Take the faint track up the right hand side of the valley through the gorse and heather. During the 19th century there were at least eight water wheels in this valley used for tin stamping and grinding corn. The path can be very wet and muddy and there may be grazing cattle. Keep to the right hand track by the ruins.
When you see a bridge ahead of you immediately take the right hand fork steeply up to the far corner of the field with a stile and gate. At the end of a short grass path turn left across Portherras Farm Yard and proceed along the lane. Take the grass track to the right of the first bungalow. Turn right at the road, then first left which brings you back to Boscaswell Stores.

 

Returning to the lane carry on to the lighthouse past the old Coastguard cottages. Far to the left below Geevor's workings can be seen the 19th century stacks of Levant Mine. At the end of the road is Pendeen Watch lighthouse and foghorn built in 1900 and open to visitors daily.
From the Lighthouse follow the track to the right along the top of the cliff and continue down the track towards Boat Cove. Each year on St Peter's Day (29th June) a service is held on the cliff in thanksgiving for the year's harvest of fish.
Pendeen Watch
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