Tuesday, 16 April 2019

33 Photos: A Circular Walk Based On Gover Valley, St.Austell, Cornwall

Gover Valley, St.Austell, Cornwall

A different sort of Cornish walk today, with no beautiful beaches or cliffs! Instead the 33 photos will take you on a circular walk starting in Gover Valley, St.Austell and through some of the old china clay district.

The walk starts in Gover Road, St.Austell. There are usually several places to park a car. Walk up the road to the viaduct and you are then properly in Gover Valley.

Gover Valley Viaduct, Cornwall

The London to Penzance train travels over the viaduct. There is greenery while you walk.

Gover Valley, Cornwall

The first sign of any industry from the past is the large chimney on the right hand side of the road.

Gover Valley Chimney, Cornwall

There are a few cottages and also an old chapel has been converted into living accommodation.

Cottages in Gover Valley, St.Austell, Cornwall

The track is in reasonably good shape and the occasional car might be seen.

Gover Valley, Cornwall

More china clay workings to the left of the road.

China Clay workings, Gover Valley, St.Austell, Cornwall

Another photo below of the track.

Gover Valley, Cornwall

You'll pass a pleasant house tucked away ...

House in Gover Valley, Cornwall

... and they have put up an old road sign just in case you get lost!

Old sign post to Truro and Newquay, Cornwall

A small stream follows the valley.

River in Gover Valley, St.Austell, Cornwall

There are some more china clay workings on the right hand side of the track.

Old ovens once used in the china clay industry

There is a sign that directs walkers to to the left for a shorter walk but we go straight on ...

Public Foot Path, Gover Valley, Cornwall

... and avoid going over the wooden bridge.

Small wooden Bridge, Gover Valley, St.Austell

The path gets stonier.

Footpath in Gover Valley, St.Austell

Many of the trees are covered in moss because of the dampness of the valley.

Trees in Gover Valley, St.Austell, Cornwall

The path gets narrower still.

Footpath in Gover Valley, Cornwall

To the right it's now possible to get a clear view of the countryside. The hills are the waste product from the china clay industry - but nature is taking them over.

China clay hills in Cornwall

The same clay hills but a closer photo.

China clay hills, St.Austell, Cornwall

At last the path leads to a road, with a wind turbine nearly hidden away. The road is very little used - we saw no cars or other vehicles as we walked. 

We walk left from here along the road, until we can get on to a footpath.

Wind turbine, Cornwall

There are china clay settling tanks to the right of the road.

China

The views on the left show green fields.

Views over countryside, Cornwall

It's also possible to see the sea! Unfortunately it was quite misty when we walked - but you can still make out Gribbin Head with it's tower.

Views across to Gribbin Head and the sea, Cornwall

The road forks, take the left fork and you'll see the Public Footpath sign. It may look like you are heading onto someone's private property but this is a legal footpath. A lovely new house is being built with glorious views.

Public Footpath sign

We pass what I presume was once a farm house.

Public footpath, St.Austell, Cornwall

The footpath is quite green, which shows that not many people walk this way.

Grass footpath, Cornwall

There are views over the countryside 

Countryside views Cornwall

... and we keep following the path.

Public footpath, St.Austell, Cornwall

Eventually we reach some houses where we have to turn left down Trevanion Hill. It's a proper road but there is only room for one car - so can cause a problem if two cars meet!

Trevanion Hill, St.Austell, Cornwall

We head down Trevanion Hill and there is a spot on the right where we can see the Gover Valley and its viaduct.

Gover Valley viaduct, Cornwall

Across the far side of the valley there is a farm with a few animals.

Farm on other side of Gover Valley, St.Austell, Cornwall

It's quite a drop going down the hill - but much easier than walking up the hill!

Going

We arrive at the last photo and can see the chimney we saw in the fourth photo. We head down to the bottom of the hill, turn right and we are back where we started. Another walk completed. I think it took us about two and a quarter hours.

Gover Valley, Cornwall

4 comments:

  1. Bonjour Mike ! une marche à pied agréable pour les sens et le corps. Une bonne journée de détente à ce jour. Amitié à vous Mike !

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  2. Thank you David - walking always lifts the spirits. Best wishes.

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  3. This is a really varied & interesting walk and super photographs.

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    1. Thank you David. It makes a change from the normal coastal and river walks - though I still prefer to be by the water.

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