Stithians Trail 1 - The Race Course Trail

The trail starts in the car park next to the rugby field and is a frequently used walk in the parish known as the Race Course. This walk should take about forty minutes.

Half way round you meet the junction to Kennall Vale marked by a listed Milestone. Kennall Vale is part of the World Heritage Mining Site included because of the former gunpowder and fuse making mills and quarrying enterprises there. A visit to Kennall Vale is rewarded by a lovely walk along the river valley to a quaint road bridge with views of the old gunpowder factory. Great photo opportunity.

As you head back to the car park on your left you will see St. Stithians church which dates back to the 14th century and as you walk into the churchyard there is a magnificent Celtic Cross on the right.

Address: Stithians village centre

Lat: N 50° 11′ 20.0″
Long: W -5° 10′ 41.02″

OS Grid Ref: SW 73237 36942

Distance: 1.64 miles

Terrain: Easy

Stithians pictures: Phillip Blease

Facilities available for this trail

Parking – Parking at the start next to the rugby field.

Picnic areas – there are picnic benches outside the Costcutter for customer use.

Eating and shopping – there is a Spar shop in the centre of the village, a Costcutter about half way around.

EntertainmentThe Stithians Centre host many events and clubs.

Public housesThe 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.


Family and children friendly – the route is very easy

Cycle Trail – good trail very easy to navigate

Horse Riding Trail – trail is suitable but is all on the road

Walking Trail – a very easy route

Disability access – easy to push wheelchairs although might be a bit far for the pusher, easy for scooters though

4th February 2017 11:48 am

Stithians Trail 1

  • Author: Administrator
  • Created: 4th February 2017 11:48 am
  • Updated: 28th June 2017 2:04 pm
Route type: Bridleway/Cycling/Walking Trail
Difficulty grade: Easy
Disabled Friendly: Small Scooters
  • Distance 2 miles
  • Time 1 h 0 min
  • Speed 2 mph
  • Min altitude 374 ft
  • Peak 446 ft
  • Climb 164 ft
  • Descent 161 ft

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  • Distance Instructions

Points of Interest


Mining Villages Trail - Stithians trailRoadside stone marker.

Location: SW 74118 37197


At the peak of productivity in the mid nineteenth century Kennall Vale gunpowder works were producing 4-5 thousand barrels of quality gunpowder a year. Employing 50 men and supplying both the local and international mining industry meant the huge wheels and cogs in the mills rarely stopped turning.

Location: SW 74541 37017



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


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