16th April 2019

Heritage Walks In Cornwall

History can be found around every corner in Cornwall, from the remnants of its mining past to the castles that have defended the coast in years gone by.

Here are just a few of the walks around the county that allow you to take in some of Cornwall’s heritage sites.

Pendennis Headland

A beautiful walk that takes you around historic the Pendennis headland, whilst enjoying stunning views across Falmouth Harbour and along the Cornish coast.

Take some time to discover the castle and to stop off at Pendennis Point to enjoy an ice cream. Easily accessible from the hotel, this is a lovely walk to enjoy on a summer’s evening when staying with us here at the Royal Duchy.

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Feock to Devoran

Starting in Feock, this walking route follows tracks to the creek at Penpol before taking you on bridleways and footpaths above Restronguet Creek as you make your way to Devoran.

Ending up back in Feock, along the way you’ll pass historic sites such as St Feock’s Holy Well which is thought to date back to mediaeval times, as well as StFeock Church, which was originally created in the 13th century (the bell tower is now the only remaining part of the original building). Offering beautiful scenery along the route, this is definitely one to try.

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Kennall Vale Nature Reserve

Tucked away behind the village of Ponsanooth, Kennall Vale isn’t somewhere you’d stumble upon by accident.

Once the site of an historic gunpowder works, the woodland provided much-needed protection in case of explosions, whilst the river offered the power needed to run the mills. A magical place to explore, take a walk through the woodland and discover the ruins of the buildings still dotted amongst the trees today.

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St Agnes Beacon and Wheal Coates

Setting off from what used to be an Army Camp in World War 2, this route will take you up to the Beacon where you’ll be able to enjoy spectacular 360-degree views of both the coast and countryside that surrounds you. Returning via the engine houses at Wheal Coates, lovers of the Poldark series will recognise some of the fantastic scenery from their favourite TV show.

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Botallack to Higher Bal Walk

Beginning next to Levant Mine, known to many for the tragedy that happened here in 1919, this route offers a real view of the past.

Along the way, you’ll have the opportunity to see the iconic Botallack Mine – instantly recognisable for its spectacular location and as one of the filming locations used for the Poldark series – as well as the Crown Engine Houses, West Wheal Owles and the ruins of Wheal Edward.

Whilst modern life is very different here, as you make your way along the coast path, you’ll get a real feeling for what this area must have been like when the mining industry was at its peak.

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Soak up Cornwall's heritage with a day out exploring the county, then return to luxury with The Royal Duchy Hotel in Falmouth.

Explore a little closer to home, with a stroll up to Pendennis Castle, an artillery fort constructed by Henry VIII in Falmouth between 1540 and 1542. It formed part of the King's Device programme to protect against invasion from France and the Holy Roman Empire and defended the Carrick Roads waterway at the mouth of the River Fal. Plan your visit here.