Circular walk from St Kew to St Endellion and Tregellist

St Kew, St Endellion and Tregellist

The path from Tregellist to St Kew has been eroded by cattle, forming a deep pool of liquid mud blocking one of fhe stiles - this section can be bypassed by staying on the lane at direction 35, following it to the T-junction and turning right , then right at the next T-junction to pick up the route at direction 38.

A circular walk in the river valleys around St Kew - the first recorded village in Cornwall, passing the mediaeval church containing a grave stone from the Dark Ages carved in Latin and the Celtic script, Ogham, also known as the Tree Alphabet as each letter symbolised a different species of tree.

Get the app to guide you around the walk

Phone showing walk for purchase
Download the (free) app then use it to purchase this walk.
Phone showing Google navigation to start of walk
The app will direct you to the start of the walk via satnav.
Hand holding a phone showing the iWalk Cornwall app
The app guides you around the walk using GPS, removing any worries about getting lost.
Phone showing walk directions page in the iWalk Cornwall app
The walk route is described with detailed, regularly-updated, hand-written directions.
Person looking a directions on phone
Each time there is a new direction to follow, the app will beep to remind you, and will warn you if you go off-route.
Phone showing walk map page in the iWalk Cornwall app
A map shows the route, where you are at all times and even which way you are facing.
Phone showing facts section in iWalk Cornwall app
Each walk is packed with information about the history and nature along the route, from over a decade of research than spans more than 3,000 topics.
Person looking at phone with cliff scenery in background
Once a walk is downloaded, the app doesn't need wifi or a phone signal during the walk.
Phone showing walk stats in the iWalk Cornwall app
The app counts down distance to the next direction and estimates time remaining based on your personal walking speed.
Person repairing footpath sign
We keep the directions continually updated for changes to the paths/landmarks - the price for a walk includes ongoing free updates.
The walk starts at the 15th century Church of St James in St Kew, then heads out of the village, along a woodland path, and along lanes through Trewethern and fields to St Endellion. The return route passes through the Trevathan fruit farm and farm shop and follows footpaths and tracks through Trentinney to reach Tregellist, before turning back through fields, and along a country lane to St Kew, returning past the St Kew Inn.


  • Several short stretches of path on this route can get a bit overgrown in summer. A stick or pole may be helpful to clear obstructing vegetation and take along secateurs if you have them.

Buy walk

Sign in to buy this walk.

This walk is in your basket. Proceed to your basket to complete your purchase.

My Basket Remove from basket

You own this walk.

An error occurred while checking the availability of this walk:

Please retry reloading the page. If this problem persists, please contact us for assistance.

Reload page

Vital statistics

  • OS Explorer: 106
  • Distance: 5.5 miles/8.9 km
  • Steepness grade: Moderate
  • Recommended footwear: Walking boots in summer, mud-proof boots (wellies, mucker boots etc) after prolonged rain

OS maps for this walk

OS Explorer 106 OS Explorer 106 (laminated version)

Click or tap on map for more info (blue=laminated)


  • Views across the tributary valleys of the River Amble from Trewethern
  • Mediaeval stained glass and ancient artifacts in The Church of St James the Great
  • Winding country lanes with pretty flowers in spring and summer
  • Local food and drink at 15th century St Kew Inn
  • A variety of wildlife in the fields and woodland around Tregellist
  • Vibrant classical music scene and festivals at St Endellion church

Pubs on or near the route

  • The St Kew Inn


  1. From the car park, turn left onto the lane and climb the steps into the churchyard. Follow the path past the church then keep right to reach a gate in the corner of the churchyard next to a sign for "The Barton",

    St Kew is mentioned earlier in history than any other place in Cornwall since it appears in the 6th century work: "The Life of St Samson". The parish is named after the sister of the Welsh saint who founded a monastery in or near the village.

  2. Go through the gate and follow the path down to a lane.

    The 15th century church of St James the Great in St Kew is built on the site of a chapel belonging to a 6th Century Celtic monastery that was destroyed in the Saxon invasion of Cornwall in the 10th Century. Inside the church is a particularly fine roof, and a beautifully restored mediaeval stained glass window depicting the Passion of Christ, amongst other notable stained glass. There is also a stone inscribed with the old Celtic Ogham script (possibly 5th century) with Latin translation, a rare 15th century Lantern cross, and look out for a figure carved on the pulpit, thought to be King Charles hiding in an oak tree. By the entrance to the churchyard is a large specimen of one of Cornwall's iconic Celtic wayside crosses.

  3. Turn right and follow the lane uphill, for about 50m, until you see a footpath sign on the left.

    The inscribed stone in the church at St Kew was used as a "pillow", placed at the head of a grave. The name of the deceased was written on the stone, in this case "Justus" in Latin on the centre of the stone. The translation in Ogham could easily be mistaken for a few notches from wear and tear along the edge if you haven't come across the language before.

    Ogham is an Early Mediaeval alphabet used by the Irish and Brythonic people, and is sometimes called the "Celtic Tree Alphabet" due to a mediaeval tradition of ascribing names of trees to the individual letters. The characters are written with reference to a line, often the edge of a stone, to be inscribed with the letter depicted by different numbers of upward, downward or complete strokes, straight or diagonally, across the line. Around 400 stones, inscribed with Ogham, exist predominantly in Ireland, Wales and Cornwall and date between the 4th and 7th Centuries.

  4. From the footpath sign, bear left to a gate and cross the stile beside it. Follow the track a short distance to a waymarked wooden gate on your right.

    A popular misconception is that a butterfly was originally called "flutterby". In fact, the name stems from the Old English word buttorfleoge which literally means "butterfly". The term "flutterby" is thought to have been coined by Shakespeare.

    Plants contain chlorophyll (the green stuff) which is able to use energy from sunlight to break down a water molecule. The breakdown of water is why plants release oxygen. Some photosynthetic bacteria break down hydrogen sulphide instead of water.

    The electrons and protons remaining from the water after oxygen has been formed are funnelled away by bio-molecules in the plant. These are used to drive another chemical reaction to convert a bunch of carbon dioxide and water molecules into a simple sugar molecule such as glucose.

    Sugar is effectively a store of energy, and the reaction can be run in reverse to generate energy when needed. At night, when there is no sunlight, plants run off their sugar reserves, consume oxygen and emit carbon dioxide - just like we do.

    There quite a few different simple sugars - fructose, maltose etc - but they all have the same chemical formula as glucose (they just have their bits arranged in different orders). Simple sugars are polymerised (chained together) into sucrose (glucose attached to fructose) for medium-term storage and also starches (mega-long sugar chains) for longer-term storage in a root or seed. Sugars are also used to create cellulose - the building material used by plants.

  5. Go through the gate and follow the path until it eventually ends at a stile.

    Blackberries are high in vitamin C, K and antioxidants. The seeds, despite being a bit crunchy, contain omega-3 and -6 fatty acids and further enhance blackberries' "superfood" status.

    Squirrels are rodents, closely related to chipmunks and slightly more distantly to dormice. The word "squirrel" originates from an ancient Greek word meaning "shadow-tailed", referring to the bushy tail of a squirrel. A family group of squirrels is known as a "drey" (also the word for a squirrel nest). A group of unrelated squirrels is known as a "scurry", though squirrels tend not to hang out in groups.

  6. Cross the stone stile at the end of the path, and turn left onto the lane. Follow the lane to a junction with a white signpost.

    As well as attracting insects, the brightly coloured foxglove flowers serve as a warning for animals that the plants contain toxins. All parts of the plant can cause a range of ill-effects in humans from nausea to heart and kidney problems which can be fatal.

    In autumn, honeysuckle produces shiny red berries that resemble redcurrants. They are toxic to humans and to dogs, but not to birds.

    St Kew is one of the few villages in the area not named after the children of the Celtic King Brychan.

    Brychan was a legendary Celtic king (originally born in Ireland) who ruled over Breconshire in South Wales and was viewed as the father of the Celtic saints.

    Most of his children were reported to have evangelised Cornwall and North Devon, with many of the churches dedicated to them. Consequently, many of the place names in North Cornwall (St Teath, St Mabyn, St Endellion, St Minver, St Clether, Egloshayle, Egloskerry, Advent, Morwenstow, Lelant etc) are associated with the names of his children.

  7. At the junction, continue ahead and keep right to follow the lane signposted to Amble and St Minver. Continue on the lane to reach a junction with Trewethern Cottage ahead.

    Jobs' Cross, on the road to Trewethern, is a restored Celtic stone cross. The stem was found to be in use as a stepping stone across a nearby stream, and the head was reconstructed from local stone.

    There are over four hundred complete stone crosses in Cornwall and at least another two hundred fragments.

    In the mediaeval period, stone crosses were sometimes placed by the road or path to mark the route to the parish church. Farms and hamlets were usually linked to the church by the most direct and level route. Crosses were also placed along routes of pilgrimage. Both of these have evolved to become some of today's Public Rights of Way.

  8. Continue ahead to pass Trewethern Cottage on your left until you reach a crossroads.

    The vetches are a family of wildflowers that is a sub-group within the pea and bean family. Their pretty purple flowers are quite like mini sweetpea flowers. The leaves are also very distinctive, organised in a neat row either side of the stem. Common vetch is a wildflower but is also sown by farmers in some grazing fields to improve the nutrition for ruminants and to introduce more nitrogen into the soil.

    The parish name St Minver (Sen Menvre in Cornish) is named after the saint to whom the church is dedicated. Menfre was one of the 24 children of the 5th Century Celtic king Brychan.

  9. Turn right at the crossroads, signposted for Port Isaac and St Endellion, and follow the road for just under half a mile until you reach a public footpath sign on the left, just after the road crosses a stream.

    There are quite a few escaped ornamental species now established in the wild in the UK but there are also some native species. Dog rose is the most common of native rose species and even itself encompasses several sub-species which is why flower colours vary from white to pink. It has a rambling growth and can climb up other trees and is quite often found in hedgerows. Flowering is in early summer.

    The plant with sticky green seeds is known as cleavers due to the ability to attach to clothing or animals. The use of "to cleave" meaning "to adhere" has Saxon origins but has become less common in recent years perhaps due to the confusion of having a more well-known meaning which is virtually the opposite. A Cornish dialect name, recorded as cliders in Victorian times, is likely to be a corruption of this. Other common names include sticky willy.

    Goosegrass is another common name of the plant due to its attractiveness to poultry as a nutritious food. It contains tannins which make it too bitter for humans. The plant is in the same family as coffee and the seeds have been dried and roasted to make a (lower caffeine) coffee substitute.

  10. Turn left at the footpath sign and follow the path through the trees and into a field. Cross the field to the track opposite, roughly a quarter of the way along the far hedge from the left-hand corner.

    The stream and all the subsequent small streams on the walk are tributaries of the River Amble. The main road through St Endellion - the B3314 - runs along the ridge forming the watershed between the Amble catchment area to the south and the coastal river valleys to the north which create the inlets harbouring fishing villages such as Port Isaac and Port Quin.

    In fields with crops where the footpath doesn't run along the edge, if there is a well-trodden path then follow this to avoid trampling any more of the crops. If there appears to be no path through the crops then you do have a right to walk through the crop but stick as close as possible to the line of the path to avoid damaging any more of the crop than strictly necessary. Alternatively, you can follow around the edges of the field to avoid trudging though the crop.

  11. Join the track and follow it ahead, uphill, until it ends in a junction with a driveway leading to a number of cottages.

    Chickens are descended from junglefowl and those in Britain came originally from India. They evolved the ability to lay large numbers of eggs to take advantage of gluts of food that occur in their native forests. It is thought they were introduced to Britain by Iron Age tribes who bred them for fighting rather than meat and cockfighting remained Britain's national sport until 1835. During the mediaeval period, more placid forms of chicken were bred that were less hazardous to farm but it wasn't until the 17th Century that chickens and eggs were farmed on a mass scale. In Britain, over 10 billion eggs are now consumed every year.

  12. Turn right at the junction and follow the driveway a short distance past Bramble Cottage to some gateposts leading onto a junction. Cross to the wooden gates opposite and go through into the field. Continue uphill on the track to a metal gate.

    The farmstead of Trevathan dates from mediaeval times. The first record is from 1321 when it was spelt Trevarthian, which is thought to be based on the name of the landowner.

  13. Go through the gate and continue ahead up the field to meet the fence on the right. Follow along this to a pedestrian gate at the top of the field.
    Note that there is a pheasant release pen and low electric fence on the other side of the gate at the top so dogs should stay on leads.

    The pheasant is named after the Ancient town of Phasis (now in West Georgia) and the birds were naturalised in the UK by the 10th Century with introductions both from the Romano-British and the Normans. However, by the 17th Century they had become extinct in most of the British Isles.

    In the 1830s, the pheasant was rediscovered as a game bird and since then it has been reared extensively for shooting. The pheasant has a life expectancy of less than a year in the wild and it is only common because around 30 million pheasants are released each year on shooting estates.

  14. Go through the gate and continue ahead along the fence on the right, passing a path to the right to reach the corner of the fence. Continue ahead after the end of the fence for another 20 metres to where there is a gap in the bushes on the right just before a large tree.

    Winston Graham wrote that he envisioned Nampara in his Poldark novels as one of the manor farms around St Endellion.

  15. Go through the gap on the right and walk carefully down the slope to a grassy corridor between the bushes. Turn left and follow the path through a metal gate into a field. Follow the left hedge of the field to the pedestrian gate in the far hedge.

    The Ramblers Association and National Farmers Union suggest some "dos and don'ts" for walkers which we've collated with some info from the local Countryside Access Team.


    • Stop, look and listen on entering a field. Look out for any animals and watch how they are behaving, particularly bulls or cows with calves
    • Be prepared for farm animals to react to your presence, especially if you have a dog with you.
    • Try to avoid getting between cows and their calves.
    • Move quickly and quietly, and if possible walk around the herd.
    • Keep your dog close and under effective control on a lead around cows and sheep.
    • Remember to close gates behind you when walking through fields containing livestock.
    • If you and your dog feel threatened, work your way to the field boundary and quietly make your way to safety.
    • Report any dangerous incidents to the Cornwall Council Countryside Access Team - phone 0300 1234 202 for emergencies or for non-emergencies use the iWalk Cornwall app to report a footpath issue (via the menu next to the direction on the directions screen).


    • If you are threatened by cattle, don't hang onto your dog: let it go to allow the dog to run to safety.
    • Don't put yourself at risk. Find another way around the cattle and rejoin the footpath as soon as possible.
    • Don't panic or run. Most cattle will stop before they reach you. If they follow, just walk on quietly.
  16. Go through the pedestrian gate ahead and follow the left hedge to a gateway in the far hedge leading onto a lane.

    Pineapple weed is related to chamomile and is consequently also known as false chamomile. It's able to colonise poor soils on waste ground including cracks between paving. The flowers resembling little yellow balls are also quite distinctive but even more so is the pineapple scent when is trodden on or squeezed. The leaves can be eaten in salads and the leaves and flowers can also be dried to make tea.

    The edges of fields are typically less productive areas (e.g. due to the shade from hedges) so for purely economic reasons a margin was sometimes left around the main crop. However, field margins have been found to play such a crucial role for protecting soil and water and enhancing biodiversity on farms that there are now legislative requirements for farmers to maintain uncropped field margins.

    More than 150 plants are characteristic of arable land but due to agricultural intensification, these and the insects and birds which depend on them have declined. The field margins are areas where these biologically important weeds can thrive.

    When fields are ploughed and tilled, rainwater can wash the loose soil out of the fields. The vegetation on margins acts as a barrier and strains out many of the particles of soil from the rainwater.

    When fertilisers are applied to the crops in the field, the margin helps to reduce the amount drifting over the hedges when it is applied. The plants around the margin then act as a sponge, helping to hoover up nutrients that wash off the crop.

  17. Go through the gate and bear left onto the lane. Follow this a short distance to a gate with a Public Footpath sign on the right.

    The church at St Endellion is 15th Century and named after Endelienta - one of the children of the Welsh king Brychan. It is built in the Perpendicular Gothic style and contains some fine carvings in both stone and wood.

  18. The walk continues through the gate on the right, but before this you may want to follow the lane a little further ahead to visit the church. After going through the gate (currently on your right), cross the field to the protruding hedge and keep this on your left to reach a pedestrian gate with metal gateposts in the next corner of the hedge.

    Strawberries are members of the rose family. Up to the 17th Century, native wild strawberries were cultivated for commercial production. Their tiny fruits are typically less than a centimetre in length.

    The garden strawberry we know today was bred in France in the 1750s by hybridising one species from North America with another from South America.

  19. Go through the gate ahead with metal gateposts and bear right to follow along the right hedge. Continue to reach an opening in the hedge.
  20. Go through the opening into a grassy area with animal pens and continue ahead to cross the grass to a track on the opposite side. Turn right onto the track and follow this to reach an opening into a field.

    The building to the left is the Trevathan Farm Shop which also includes a café/restaurant.

  21. Go through the opening and turn left to follow the left hedge to the corner. Then turn right to keep following the hedge on your left and reach a waymarked stile in the corner on the far side of the field.

    Wheat was formed by hybridisations between wild grasses which was then spread through domestication. The cultivation of wheat is thought to have begun nearly 12,000 years ago in southeast Turkey.

    Remains of wheat from 8000 years ago have been found in Britain which indicate trade with Europe. Until around 6500 BC, it was possible to walk between Britain and the rest of Europe via an area of low lying land known as Doggerland. As sea levels rose after the last Ice Age, the North Sea flooded this, making Britain an island.

    Because each of the hybridisations that formed wheat were rare events, and because there were multiple stages of hybridisation involved, domesticated bread wheat is all from a common ancestry and therefore there is very little genetic variety. This narrow gene pool makes the risk of a catastrophic disease quite high. Since the 20th Century, work has been underway to broaden the wheat gene pool to produce disease-resistant strains through a number of techniques including crossing wheat varieties from different parts of the world, hybridising with wild grasses, and more recently through direct genetic manipulation.

  22. Cross the stile (the top bar lifts) and follow the right hedge to reach a stile in the corner of the field.

    Whereas many plants rely mainly on bitter chemicals to avoid being eaten by herbivores, thistles have gone one step further and evolved spikes. Grazing livestock will understandably avoid them which allows them to accumulate in pastureland and become a nuisance. One thistle plant produces thousands of seeds dispersed by the wind which can remain viable in the soil for up to 10 years.

    Scientists have found that adding a cupful of red seaweed per day to a cow's diet reduces the amount of methane that the cow burps out by about 80%. Due to the relatively short lifespan of methane in the atmosphere and the strong greenhouse effect from methane, this has the potential to make a quite quick but significant reduction to the rate of global warming, whilst the more tricky accumulative problem of carbon dioxide is being worked on.

  23. Cross the stile in the corner (or if overgrown, go through the gateway to the left of it if open) and head to the metal gate at the bottom of the field in front of the cottages.

    The association of good luck with four-leafed clover was first recorded in Victorian times (1860s-1870s) so may be a relatively recent invention. Perhaps something that occupied children for hours was seen as good luck in Victorian times!

  24. Go through the gate and the one to the left to emerge onto a concrete track. Turn left onto the track to follow it to reach a junction with a track to the right.

    Cow parsnip (also known as "hogweed" - not to be confused with "giant hogweed") is a member of the carrot family. It has more solid leaves than cow parsley or alexanders which it often grows alongside. It also flowers later. The leaves are noticeable from around mid-April. Flowering starts roughly at the start of June and continues through the summer.

    Giant hogweed is regarded by some as the most dangerous plant in the UK (although hemlock is also a good contender). If you encounter giant hogweed, avoid touching it and children and dogs should be kept away from it as the sap contains a chemical which is extremely phototoxic. When activated by sunlight, this binds to the DNA in skin cells and kills them. Skin reaction starts as an itchy rash and can develop into third degree burns and scarring. It also makes the affected areas susceptible to severe sunburn for several years.

    The plant gets its name as it can grow more than 10 feet tall, topped with white umbrella-shaped flowers. Due to the similar style of flowers, is also known as giant cow parsley although the giant hogweed leaves are much more solid with a toothed edge, more similar to cow parsnip (normal hogweed). It is typically found near water or on waste ground.

    The plant was introduced to Britain by Victorian botanists in the 19th century as an ornamental plant and has escaped from gardens into the wild. It has been spreading across the UK (as one plant produces 50,000 seeds) but is still very rare in Cornwall. A project to eradicate it along the Tamar River system is helping to stop further spread into Cornwall.

    If you find giant hogweed in Cornwall (and are sure it's not normal hogweed), take a photo and report it to

    The farmstead of Trentinney dates from mediaeval times. The name was recorded in 1302 as Treventhenyou, which is very likely to be from the Cornish tre-fentynyow, meaning something along the lines of "springs farm". Over the years, the name has become corrupted to Trentinney.

  25. Continue ahead, on the waymarked track, to where the track forks to go into a field.

    The tall trees along the track provide some good perches for birds to sing from.

    Large amounts of calcium are needed when birds lay eggs to create the eggshells. Female birds store calcium by growing a special type of leg bone which has a high density of calcium. Similar calcium storage leg bones have been found in female dinosaur species only distantly related to birds which indicates this was a general approach used by dinosaurs.

  26. Keep right on the main track to follow it downhill to a waymark beside a gate.

    The effect of ivy on buildings is controversial as it depends a lot on the properties of surface it adheres to. The rootlets wedge into any cracks in the surface and so on surfaces that are fragile, ivy will cause damage. A study for English Heritage found that on hard, firm surfaces, ivy did little damage. The blanket of leaves was also found to have beneficial insulating effects and protect the masonry from water, salt and pollution.

  27. Go through the gate and continue ahead across the gravel to join a grassy path ahead leading to a gate with a "Route 66" sign.

    The settlement of Trecugo was recorded in 1302 as Talcogou, which is thought to be from the Cornish words tal, meaning "front" or "end" and koukow (meaning cuckoo, and where the second "k" sound sometimes became mutated to a "g" sound - the word for cuckoo is also written as both cok and kog).

  28. Go through the "Route 66" gate and the metal gate beyond it to enter a field (you might need to stand on the gate to get the bolt back into the hole). Bear right to follow along the treeline and reach a small gap in the wall leading into the next field, to the right of the gateway with granite posts.

    This is a silver path so if you notice it starting to get overgrown, follow the steps below to report it for cutting.

    Footpaths in Cornwall are graded "gold", "silver" and "bronze". For parishes that take part in the Local Maintenance Partnership, "gold" paths are normally cut routinely once or twice each year whereas paths graded as "silver" are cut at the discretion of the Parish, so these in particular need to be reported to the Parish Council (via the Countryside Access Team - - who have the contact details for each parish council) if they start to become overgrown.

    To do this, on the directions screen in the app tap on the menu next to the direction number for the problematic path (or tap on the direction number on the map screen to get the menu), select Report Issue and then Footpath Issue. The app will use the direction number to work out the parish and path number at that location and then create an email to Cornwall Council’s Countryside Team so they can contact the relevant Parish Council. If you can take a photo and attach this to the email, that will help them to see how bad it is and prioritise it.

    Routine cuts on gold paths are typically done in May/June, and any second cuts are in July - September.

    Although it's obvious that you should ensure any gates that you open, you also close, what about gates you find that are already open?

    If the gate is fully open then leave it alone as it may well be providing livestock access to a water supply, and by closing it you could end up killing them.

    If the gate is ajar or swinging loose and not wedged or tied open then it's likely that the gate was left open by accident (possibly by another group of walkers). Properly closing the offending gate behind you will not only bring joy to the landowner but you can feel good about saving lives in a car swerving to avoid a cow in the road.

    If you encounter a gate doubly-secured with twine that can be untied or a chain that can be unfastened, it's normally there because naughty animals have managed to undo the gate themselves at some point (e.g. by rubbing against the bolt), so retie/fasten it afterwards.

  29. Go through the gap beneath the overhanging tree and keep the embankment on your left to initially head downhill and then gradually bend around to the left and reach a gap in the hedge.

    Although the fronds of bracken die back each year, the black underground roots are perennial and spread extensively, sending up fronds at intervals. The root system of one bracken plant can stretch up to a quarter of a mile across making bracken one of the largest plants in the world.

  30. Go through the gap and bear right to reach the fence along the bottom of the field. Follow along this to reach a stile at the far end of the field.

    Sycamore flowers are pollinated by flies such as bluebottles rather than the wind. Within the female flower, two of the carpels (reproductive parts) are fused together. These develop into the pair of fused seeds with their "wings" at an angle. When the seeds fall, this creates the "helicopter" action that allows the seeds to be caught and carried by the wind as they slowly spiral downwards.

  31. Cross the stile and make your way along the path (using the stepping stones to avoid the wet ground) to reach a lane. Turn right onto the lane and follow it up the hill to where a track departs from the right.

    Hemlock (also known as water dropwort) is a member of the carrot family (related to cow parsley and alexanders) and is common in damp, shady places, particularly near streams. The stems are tubular and quite thick like alexanders and the leaves look quite like flat-leaf parsley (more toothed on the edges than alexanders) and a bright green colour similar to coriander leaves. New leaves begin to shoot in early winter and by February these are starting to grow into quite noticeable small plants. It flowers in April and May with white flowers similar to cow parsley. It has a deceptively pleasant sweet smell but don't be tempted to try eating it: this is the most poisonous plant in UK. Just a handful of leaves can kill a human and a root contains enough poison to kill a cow.

    The word "stile" is based on an Old English word stigel for ladder. This in turn came from an old Germanic word stig meaning "to climb" and the word "stair" also came from this.

    Conversely, the word "style" (now used for fashion etc. but originally for literary style or a writing tool i.e. stylus) is from French origins (naturally!). This came from an Old French word stile, derived from the Latin stilus. It's thought the "i" might have been changed to a "y" for snob value to be more like the (unrelated) Greek word stylos (for pillar).

  32. Turn right to join the track and follow this to where the track splits to go through the gate into a field on the right or continues ahead between the hedges.

    Buzzards can often be seen circling over the valley.

    The name buzzard is from mediaeval English buisart which itself came from the Old French word buson. It is based on the Latin word for hawk or falcon buteo hence its scientific name is Buteo buteo.

  33. Follow the track ahead between the hedges until it ends in a junction.

    Research has shown that crows have a much higher density of neurons in their forebrains than primates do (the density if neurons in this region is thought to correlate with intelligence).

    The brain of a crow accounts for 2.7 percent of the bird's overall weight whereas an adult human's brain represents 1.9 percent of their body weight. This is even more impressive when considered in context: birds need to be as light as possible in order to fly.

    Ravens are considered the most intelligent crow species, outperforming chimpanzees in some tests. Consequently an academic is quoted as saying that crows are "smarter than many undergraduates, but probably not as smart as ravens."

  34. At the junction, continue ahead to join the lane and keep left past Tomphanny Barn. Continue on the lane until you pass the last of the houses on your right and reach a metal gate just before a barn.

    The settlement of Tregellist dates from mediaeval times and was recorded in 1302 as Tregellest, and the "gellest" part is thought to be based on a personal name rather than any words describing the location.

  35. Go through the gate, and another into the field, and bear left to the protruding corner of the bottom hedge. Follow along this to reach a stile in the corner.

    The fields here have traditionally been used for dairy farming.

    Since 1984, the European Common Market agricultural policy to restrict milk production has reduced dairy herds and prompted shifts to beef and lamb production, and arable crops such as maize and oilseed rape. Two large buyers of Cornish milk - Rodda's for their clotted cream and Dairy Crest for the production of Davidstow and Cathedral City cheeses - have helped to buffer the Cornish dairy industry from this to some degree. Post-Brexit and also in response to the risk from pandemics, there is speculation that Britain may become more agriculturally self-sufficient which could change the dynamics once again.

  36. Cross the stile, a wooden footbridge and another stile into a field. Turn right and follow the path between the fence and hedge to reach a stone stile in the corner.

    This is a silver path (only cut when reported) so if you notice it starting to get overgrown, please report it to the Countryside Access Team (as a footpath issue via the ☰ menu next to the direction number, or tap on the direction number on the map to get the ☰ menu).

    The word "farm" has the same origins as (e.g. law) "firm". Both words are related to the mediaeval Latin word firma meaning "fixed payment". Its original use in English was to do with contracts and leasing (which is why "to farm out" means "to subcontract"). In fact the word "farm" had no association with food production until the 19th Century. In the 16th Century it began to be applied to leasing of land and the association with farmland developed from this.

  37. Cross the stile and bear left across the field to reach the gateway in the middle of the hedge opposite.
  38. Go through the gate and onto a junction of lanes. Go straight ahead, down the lane signposted St Kew, Wadebridge and Bodmin, until you pass the school and then reach a junction where a lane joins from the left.
  39. At the junction, turn left onto the lane signposted to St Kew Inn and walk a few paces to reach a stone stile on the right, marked with a Public Footpath sign. Cross the stile and head across the field towards the church tower to meet the fence at the bottom. Turn right at the far corner of the fence to follow it downhill to reach a gate.

    St Kew Inn is thought to date back to the 15th century, built by the skilled masons who constructed the Church of St James the Great, next door. The Inn retains many of its original features including a large open fireplace.

  40. Go through the gate and follow the path downhill to reach the path from the churchyard that you passed along at the start of the walk. Turn left and follow the path back through the churchyard to return to the car park.

    You'll notice that there is lichen growing on many of the headstones in the churchyard. Of the 2,000 British species, over a third have been found in churchyards and more than 600 have been found growing on churchyard stone in lowland England. Almost half the species are rare and some seldom, if ever, occur in other habitats. Many churchyards are found to have well over 100 species.

either as a GPS-guided walk with our app (£2.99) or a PDF (£1.99)

Please recycle your ink cartridges to help prevent plastic fragments being ingested by seabirds. Google "stinkyink" and click on "free recycling" for a freepost label.