Friday 18 February 2022

Walking the Pentewan Trail to the Village and Harbour

Once upon a time this was was the Pentewan Railway carrying china clay - up until about 1918, Now it is part of the Pentewan Valley Trail.

We didn't walk the whole trail but started at a pull-in on the B3373. This leads to the bridge as shown in the first photo.

From here we simply followed the St. Austell River sticking to the riverside. The path isn't wonderful but less people take this option.

The path leads to the village of Pentewan.

And Bob's your uncle, here we are in the village. This cottage dates back to 1823

More of the village. At the far end of the road there is a steep hill.

We headed for the beach - can never resist a stroll by the sea. Pentewan Beach must be slightly over half a mile in length. All is very peaceful at this time of year, but it gets busy in the summer season.

To reach the beach you pass Pentewan Harbour.

The harbour is no longer used and is now  landlocked

In the late 1800s, and early 1900s, however, the harbour would have been full of tall sailing ships exporting local china clay, metals and the like all over the world.

Here's a photo of the harbour from 1900 with a few tall ships in dock.
Now on the way back from Pentewan to our car. On the return we took the popular path used for walkers, cyclists, and horses. Luckily there didn't seem to be any of these about, so an empty path ahead.

A bit muddy in places.

Nearly back to the start and a wooden bridge crossing the river.

A sign by the bridge points the way to Mevagissey, Heligan, St. Austell and Pentewan.

Two little ducks minding their own business.

And finally, here we are back to the bridge where we started.

That's all for today, thanks for visiting my blog. Enjoy your week ~ Mike.


  1. Before I comment on these delightful pictures, I hope all is well with you and that you're keeping safe from the gales. Very windy here in Cleethorpes but our gales are expected to peak in the early evening.
    What a lovely walk, the St. Austell river is very similar to the River Ludd in Lincolnshire. Interesting to see how Pentewan Harbour looked with the tall ships.
    Stay safe in every respect Mike, enjoy the weekend, if only from the warmth of your lounge. 😊

    1. Hello David, thanks for your thoughtful comment. I have sent you an email. Take care.

  2. Hello Mike, what a lovely looking village, beach and walk. I have never visited Pentewen. It must have been quite a sight seeing all the tall ships moored up back when the harbour was open. I heartily approve of the name 'Pickle Cottage'. Hope you manage to get out and about when all this wind and rain has passed over. Lulu x

    1. Hello Lulu, afraid the storm had it's effect - our electric, internet etc was off following a tree fall just up the road to us. All mended now fortunately.
      Would love to have seen all of those tall ships in harbour.
      Hope all is well.

  3. Greetings, Mike. This looks like a great place for a walk with such a variety of things to see. The village looks lovely from your approach and a river walk is always pleasant. I wonder if those 3 similar buildings on the harbor were part of the industry there long ago. I really like the interesting sign and the bridge as well. Last, I had to look up the expression “Bob's your uncle”! That gave me a chuckle. Best wishes!

  4. Hello Ann, thanks. It is a pleasant, easy walk and we popped into the village coffee shop. Quite relaxing! The buldings you mentioned are mostly for storage on the ground floor and nowadays there is accommodation of sorts on the upper floor.



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