Trencrom Hill Sunshine Walk

Neolithic Ancient Cornish site with views to the North and South Coasts.

The young Virginia Woolf used to enjoy ‘Sunday Tramping’ to Trencrom with her family when she summered in St. Ives as a child. You can walk from St. Ives or if you want to have more time exploring and enjoying the views there are car parks and laybys near the base of the hill. Also if you stay in the John Fowler Holiday Park then it is a pleasant, slightly uphill, walk from  it’s front gate.

It was Chris’s first walk over the hill and certainly won’t be their last. After parking in the small National Trust car park you are presented with a couple of different routes, there is a path the whole way around the base with various paths to the summit, they have different difficulties of gradient. As soon as you get there you can see the outcrops of rocks that would’ve been built around and encompassed within various settlements over the years. There are views in all directions; on this day there was some sea mist as it was an unseasonably warm day for February but Godrevy Lighthouse could just be seen on the North coast and silhouettes of Penzance on the South. On the top of the hill you can try to guess which of the large stones might have been used for old buildings and a few footprints of circular structures are visible. The top is quite a large plateau with many places where you could sit for hours enjoying the views; a great place for artists to sit and sketch or just for a relaxing peaceful time. There isn’t much information about the history of the area other than the map in the car park but your imagination can run riot up at the top. Well worth the walk, if it’s muddy it can be a difficult one and it is quite steep in areas.

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