King's Wood and Pentewan Valley circular walk

King's Wood and Pentewan Valley

A stream has flooded the path and some areas are also very muddy so wellies are recommended until there is a prolonged period of dry weather

A circular walk through the King's Wood Woodland Trust reserve to the lost port of Pentewan, along the trackbed of the horse-drawn tramway that once carried china clay to the busy port and via the system of reservoirs and sluices that were used to flush sand out of the harbour.

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The walk descends to the valley floor and follows paths along the bottom of the valley, eventually emerging beside the St Austell River and joining the Pentewan Valley Trail. The route then follows the trail along the floor of the valley to Pentewan. The return route is along the St Austell River to the King's Wood car park and then along a footpath following the meandering stream up the valley.


  • Broadleaf woodland and meandering streams in King's Wood
  • Wildflowers and damselfies along the St Austell River
  • Sandy beach at Pentewan


  • On the return route, the path along the riverbank is beginning to erode in a few places. Some new sections of path have been trodden slightly further away from the river for some areas, but some short sections require walking along the narrow edge of the bank.

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Vital statistics

  • OS Explorer: 105
  • Distance: 3.2 miles/5.2 km
  • Steepness grade: Easy
  • Recommended footwear: Wellies after prolonged wet weather. Trainers in a dry summer. Walking boots in between.
  • Pub: ✓
  • Café: ✓

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Pubs on or near the route

  • Into The Woods
  • The Ship Inn

either as a GPS-guided walk with our app (£3.29) or a PDF of directions (£2.79) Example of directions

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