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St Anthony’s Head,

National Trust
St Anthony's Head,

nr Portscatho,

Truro,

Cornwall, TR2 5HA

Tel: + 44 (0) 1872 580553

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/st-anthony-head

We visited the National Trust’s St Anthony’s Head in Roseland on the first day of our holiday week in Cornwall in October 2015.  We were joined out there by Maggi and Jim and, as evidenced in most of the photos and videos of the week, their collie Gypsy. It was to be a week of walks and getting out there so we  decided to start gently with St Anthony’s Head.  Actually since the National Trust site is on the South West Coast Path and there are circular walks around the Roseland peninsular we could have made it a more adventurous trip, but the plan was to ease ourselves into the week.

St Anthony’s Head is towards the end of the peninsular overlooking the Fal estuary looking towards St Mawes. There are great views, birds to watch, and the remains of a Victorian gun battery to see for the military minded. The National Trust website gives the directions for getting to St Anthony’s head as:

 

“From A30 take B3275 via Ladock, then A390 towards St Austell, turning onto A3078 to St Mawes. Turn off A3078 signposted Gerrans/ Portscatho, travelling through villages onto Porth, then St Anthony Head.”

 

So this is what we did, and with a car full of map readers the Sat nav was to be redundant for the week.

 

The car park is at the end of the road.  There is a lot of parking though there didn’t appear to be any reserved for disabled badge holders. The car park surface has a few potholes and is a bit stony but the paths which lead from it are tarmac initially.

It was a blustery grey October day as we set off. The path on the left threatened steps, but the path on the right, while narrow, snaked down to meet the other.  With Gypsy leading the way we went down the right path which we followed until we came to a bunker which over looked the Fal. Inside a strategically positioned ramp enabled Titania to give Richard a decent view of St Mawes.

After a while we left the bunker and continued on down the path past some good viewing points which looked out over the bay and on down until at the end of the path we came to a small bird hide. The bench inside was moveable and the window low enough so that, once again, it was able to be looked out of from Titania.  The view was of a small steep rocky cove and after a few minutes we realised that sitting hidden in a cranny on the opposite side of the cove was a peregrine falcon.

We sat watching it for some time but with the day being so breezy it had no intention of moving from its spot.  Eventually we left it to its thoughts and retraced our steps.  Unnoticed by us at the time, Titania’s eye had been knocked forward so the view it was getting was only of the paths. In the clip below we have left some of these views in so you can get a clear view of how smooth, stony and in part appley the path was. As we were on the same trail we had come down, we now found, of course, that we were heading up the gradient so it seemed a longer trip back.  Eventually we did get back to the car park.

From the car park the route marked towards St Anthony’s Head.  It passed some National Trust cottages which had been the barracks for the soldiers manning the guns, and then on out to the head itself, windswept and grey today but with great views nevertheless.  We hadn’t realised it but there is a little circular path which we could have followed from here, but as the path narrowed to less than Titiania’s width having sampled the view we simply turned back and wandered back to look round the remains of the battery emplacements and later even found a suitable loo.

It was a nice little walk out there round St Anthony’s Head, and certainly blew the cobwebs away! There was nowhere here for a cup of tea and a bun though, so we hopped back into the car and set off to look for a Cornish cream tea...

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Richard & Di

5th April 2016

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