A Car Free Day Out around St Austell CL06
OS Ref: SW974533
Length: 1½ Miles approx.
Approximate time: 1½ hours (round trip)
Disabled Parking available at Hornick Hill, High Street
Refreshments: Bring a picnic
Description:- This permissive access entails a moderate walk along a well surfaced trail that leads you through the centre of St Austell’s China Clay Country. From the trail you will have good views of the local heathlands together with more distant views that extend to the far west of Cornwall.
Things to look out for:- Whilst using the trail you will be able to see heathlands and woodlands that have been created as part of the rehabilitation programme of the china clay area. Look out for ground nesting birds, small mammals and invertebrates. If you’re really lucky you might spot one of the ‘infamous’ soay sheep grazing on the restored tips. As you make your way along the trail take time to stop at the
viewing point. The direction marker here will help you identify several of Cornwall’s famous landmarks. To the south west you will see the Goonhilly Downs Earth Station, at one time the largest satellite earth station in the world, now its used as a telecommunications centre by BT. To the north west you will have views to Newquay, the home of surfing, on Cornwall’s north coast. See what other sites you can identify