Stithians Trail 2 - The Dam Trail

If arriving by car, ample car parking space can be found at Stithians Dam, just above the water treatment works, accessed from the main Stithians to Penhalvean road. From the car park you should walk down the lane in front of the bungalows towards the water treatment plant. About halfway down take the little lane on your left and follow all the way down the valley.

It pays to walk this track quietly, looking out for foxes, badgers and rabbits, listening for the sound of skylarks or buzzard, the chatter of disturbed snipe, and, on a lovely evening, watching the barn owl sweeping the valley or the kestrel hovering before it dives for its prey. In early summer the cuckoo is frequently heard through this valley, as well as the more obvious song birds. Watch and listen for the chatter and grate of the stonechat or the jinking flight of a woodcock. Sometimes deer can be observed.

Also seen through the gateways are a series of massive hedges. These are unusual for several reasons. They are made entirely of stone, some of which looks to have been dressed. A Cornish hedge is usually a layer of stone either side and an earthen infill. The solid stone is probably why there is little if any vegetation growing on these hedges. A further unusual feature is the straightness of the hedges: ruler straight. These structures are said to have been built by French prisoners during the Napoleonic Wars: whether this is true or not remains to be demonstrated although French soldiers were certainly imprisoned at Roskrow a few miles to the south.

When the track becomes tarmac again you can follow the road to the end and then turn left towards the village of Stithians. If you are walking you can cut this corner by taking the footpath on the left just past the little bridge at Tretheague, thus avoiding a section on the road.

After you pass Tretheague House on your left if you are on foot you can take the footpath to the left which crosses the big field and again saves you walking on the road. At the end you can turn left and proceed down Crellow Hill into the centre of the village.

Heading up the hill into the village, toward Crellow Hill, you will be within a few hundred yards of the In the village you will find the Spar shop, public toilets and the Seven Stars public house which also serves food. but check opening times.

The church is also well worth a visit before you head out back towards the dam.

Address: Stithians reservoir car park

Lat: N 50° 11′ 3.10″
Long: W 5° 11′ 44.91″

OS Grid Ref: SW 71971 36465

Distance: 2.8 miles

Terrain: Easy

Stithians pictures: Phillip Blease

Facilities available for this trail

Parking – Parking at the start at the dam.

Picnic areas – anywhere appropriate along the route

Eating and shopping – there is a Spar shop in the centre of the village

Public houses  – The Seven Stars can be found next to the playing field in the centre of the village.

WCs – in centre of village beside the Wellness Centre.

Accessibility

Family and children friendly – the route is very easy

Cycle Trail – good trail very easy to navigate. For this trail cyclists will need to leave the trail at South Road using the road itself back into the village, to rejoin our trail at the Seven Stars. This is because between these two points the trail is a footpath only.

Horse Riding Trail – trail is suitable. For this trail horse riders will need to leave the trail at South Road using the road itself back into the village, to rejoin our trail at the Seven Stars. This is because between these two points the trail is a footpath only.

Walking Trail – a very easy route

Disability access – not suitable for wheelchairs but ok for the stronger tougher scooters.

2017-02-04

Stithians Trail 2

  • Author: trailZZzone
  • Created: 4th February 2017
  • Updated: 28th June 2017
Route type: Bridleway/Cycling/Walking Trail
Difficulty grade: Moderate
Disabled Friendly: Large Scooters

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  • Distance 3 miles
  • Time 1 h 10 min
  • Speed 2 mph
  • Min altitude 404 ft
  • Peak 561 ft
  • Climb 269 ft
  • Descent 266 ft
  • Distance Instructions
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Points of Interest

STITHIANS DAM

The dam was opened on 13 October 1967. The dam is 41.5 m high and 244m wide. It was built at a total cost of £1,125,000.

Location: SW 71969 36470

 

 

MASSIVE HEDGES

These are unusual for several reasons. They are made entirely of stone, some of which looks to have been dressed. A Cornish hedge is usually a layer of stone either side and an earthen infill. The solid stone is probably why there is little if any vegetation growing on these hedges. A further unusual feature is the straightness of the hedges: ruler straight. These structures are said to have been built by French prisoners during the Napoleonic Wars: whether this is true or not remains to be demonstrated although French soldiers were certainly imprisoned at Roskrow a few miles to the south.

Location: SW 72443 35865

ST. STITHIANS CHURCH

The parish church is dedicated to St Stythian. There has been a church on the site since the 6th century, but the oldest part of the current church is 14th century; and the imposing tower was added in the 15th century. The former ecclesiastical parish of Carnmenellis is now merged with Stithians parish.

Location: SW 73119 37134

 

CELTIC CROSS

There are four Cornish crosses in the parish; they are in the vicarage garden, and at Repper’s Mill and Trevalis. The cross at Repper’s Mill has a crude crucifixus figure on the front and a Latin cross on the back. There are two crosses at Trevalis: both have a crude crucifixus figure on the front and a Latin cross on the back. One of the crosses formerly stood at Hendra Hill near the churchtown but was moved to Trevalis about 1860. Another cross stands in the grounds of Tretheague House.

Location: SW 73119 37134