St Mabyn to Pencarrow House circular walk

St Mabyn to Pencarrow House

Note that Pencarrow Gardens are closed during the winter months and open 1st March - 31st October. There is a charge for admission. For up-to-date prices, dates and times, see the Pencarrow website.

A fairly easy circular walk from St Mabyn past the church and through rolling countryside to Pencarrow House and its magnificent gardens.

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The walk begins from St Mabyn, passing the church and crossing fields to reach Trescowe Farm then follows a track to Pencarrow before following pleasant winding lanes and fields back to St Mabyn, ending at the Inn. This walk can easily be combined with a visit to Pencarrow House and Gardens to make a full day out.


  • Local food and ales at 17th century St Mabyn Inn
  • Pretty stained glass in St Mabyn church
  • Panoramic countryside views between St Mabyn and Pencarrow
  • Pencarrow House with opulent furnishing from the Georgian and Victorian periods
  • Extensive colourful gardens surrounding Pencarrow House
  • Snowdrops, wild garlic and bluebells in the woodland around Pencarrow
  • Haywood Farm (cider makers) is a 10 min walk/2 min drive from the end of the route.


  • After a prolonged period of very heavy rain, the stream level at direction 6 can rise enough to submerge the stepping stones. It's likely to be possible to wade through in wellies but might be tricky in walking boots.

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Vital statistics

  • OS Explorer: 109
  • Distance: 3.7 miles/5.9 km
  • Steepness grade: Easy-moderate
  • Recommended footwear: walking boots
  • Pub: ✓
  • Café: ✓

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Pubs on or near the route

  • St Mabyn Inn

Adjoining walks

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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