Carn Galver to Mên-an-Tol circular walk

Carn Galver to Mên-an-Tol

A circular walk from the coast to the highest area of moor on West Penwith passing engine houses and prehistoric monuments and with spectacular heather in late summer

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The walk begins by climbing Carn Galver, home of a legendary giant and offering panoramic views. The route then follows moorland paths leading to the Four Parish Stone, the Merry Maidens stone circle, Ding Dong mine and Mên-an-Tol. The descent from the moor is past the engine house on the other side of Watch Croft to meet the Coast Path which forms the return route to Carngalver mine.


  • Prehistoric relics including Mên-an-Tol and the Nine Maidens stone circle
  • Iconic engine houses of Carngalver and Ding Dong mine
  • Panoramic views from Carn Galver and Watch Croft


  • The climb up Carn Galver includes some scrambles over granite boulders.
  • The path up Carn Galver and along the top gets summer bracken growth which makes the uneven boulders harder to see. Dwarf gorse also encroaches onto these paths at ankle height in places.
  • The most challenging section of the walk - up Carn Galver - can be bypassed by turning right onto the road from the car park and taking the path before the cattle grid to join the route at direction 6.

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Vital statistics

  • OS Explorer: 102
  • Distance: 5.5 miles/8.8 km
  • Steepness grade: Moderate-strenuous
  • Recommended footwear: waterproof boots in winter; walking shoes or trainers in summer
  • Café: ✓

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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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