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Tregonning Hill

King-of-the-castle views from coast to coast. Tregonning Hill is steeped in history. Surveying the views across the surrounding countryside and out to sea, it is obvious why the Celts once chose this place to settle. In more recent times, Tregonning has played its part in the long-standing relationship between Cornishmen and the land, as the place where china clay was discovered in around 1745.

Start in the village of Balwest (off the A394 Helston-Penzance road) and head for the Germoe war memorial, which sits on top of remains of the Celtic settlement.

Tregonning Hill
4 Stars

Mar 2010

Mr Ludnow

360° Views

A lovely walk to work off a Sunday lunch or a pasty. A nice gentle walk up the hill is well rewarded with stunning views of the north and south coast of west Cornwall. From the war memorial on the west side of the hill the views over Mounts Bay and St Michael's Mount are amazing. You then walk along the top of the hill finding the preacher’s pit, old mining pits all of which have descriptions explaining when and what happened on top of this hill. Then when you get to east side of the hill there are views over the Lizard and up to the china clay pits around St Austell and beyond.

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