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.
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