Walks And Walking – Chun Quoit Cornwall South West Coastal Path Walking Route
The Tin Mine walks in Cornwall also cover some of the South West Coastal Path walking route near Pendeen. As well as the Tin Mines a little further inland is Chun Downs and the Chun Castle Settlement with the highlight being the Chun Quoit Megalithic Tomb burial chamber.
It was a drizzly day so had my North Face waterproof jacket on and my walking hat and snood to keep the wind off my neck but still insisted on wearing my walking shorts, just for the fun of it. Lacing up my walking boots and packing my rucksack with supplies we set off from the car park at Woon Gumpus Common on the B3318 to walk on the road to Trewellard.
We then took the second pathway on our right to walk through Trewellard Common keeping left at the fork and left again at the next fork and on to the second pathway on our left which bent round left and then right across fields to join a track on to the B3306 road which we crossed straight over through more farmland to reach a pathway as the track bent round to the left and headed onwards to Geevor Mine. Here we continued straight to reach the Tin Mine entrance.
We stopped for a quick look round, taking note of the restaurant facilities that we later found to offer the best Cornish pasties we had ever tasted, and then followed the signposts down to the coast to join the South West Coastal Path (SWC Path) where we turned right to cross a footbridge and then continued on the SWC Path for the next part of this walking route.
Keeping our eyes peeled to the sea we saw some sealions bobbing up and down in the waves as we neared some Twitchers by the cliffs at Pendeen. Walking round to Portheras Cove we then headed inland at the valley before crossing and then heading down the other side back to the coastline before turning right to now leave the SWC Path at Chypraze House and then joining the road at Lower Chypraze and heading up to join the B3306 where we turned right at Rose Valley to head towards Chun Quoit.
We then turned left at Keigwin and on to a pathway and then straight on upwards following the various tracks up to Chun Quoit. We then headed left up to the Chun Castle Settlement and had a good look round being very careful of the loose rocks, deep holes and unsteady footing before then eaqding back passed the Quoit to walk upwards through Higher Downs to catch the pathway on our right to take us across Woon Gumpus Common and back to the car park.
We then drove back to the Tin Mine for a well deserved pastie and cup of tea!
More photos can be found here: Chun Quoit Photos