A Car Free Day Out around St Austell SW02
Pentewan is situated on the coast between St Austell and Mevagissey and can be easily reached from St Austell either by bus or by bicycle on the Pentewan Cycle Trail following the route of a disused railway line through a pretty wooded valley.
Pentewan Harbour once exported a third of Cornwall’s clay and the harbour still remains although continual problems with silting caused by tin and clay mining led the harbour to become unnavigable for ships with the last trading ship using the harbour in 1940. You can take a walk around the harbour where lots of fascinating remains can be seen of its former use. If you walk past the harbour you will come to Pentewan Beach; a wide sandy shallow watered beach looking out onto St Austell Bay, backed by a Caravan Park and popular with families.
Pentewan itself is a quaint village with a pub – The Ship Inn, restaurant, cafe, Dive Centre, Cycle Hire, a few small shops and a relaxed peaceful air. There are some pretty cottages and a Regency Terrace on the hillside with some of the local buildings built from the warm rose coloured Pentewan Stone also used in the construction of Holy Trinity Church, St Austell.
Scenic walks can be taken either up the valley into Kings Wood or along the coast path in either direction ; west towards Mevagissey or east towards Charlestown.