St Stephen, Tregargus Valley and Coombe walk

St Stephen and Tregargus Valley

The Tregargus Valley had a landslip in 2020. Safety fencing was subsequently erected around the affected area (near the middle of the valley). You enter the valley at your own risk.

A circular walk from St Stephen along a tributary valley of the River Fal to the hamlet of Coombe via some of Cornwall's best preserved remains of the Victorian and early 20th Century China Stone industry

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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

The walk starts in St Stephen churchtown and leaves the village via the mediaeval church to enter the Tregargus Valley. After exploring the remains of the China Stone industry, the walk continues downriver to the hamlet of Coombe. The walk then climbs out of the valley and returns to St Stephen through Resugga along the high ground above the Fal valley.


  • Remains of the China Stone industry in the Tregargus Valley
  • Industrial heritage of the wider area around St Stephen
  • Riverside walk to Coombe

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Vital statistics

  • OS Explorer: 105,106
  • Distance: 5.8 miles/9.3 km
  • Steepness grade: Easy-moderate
  • Recommended footwear: Walking boots in summer. Boots for mud+farmyard in winter (wellies or dung-proof walking boots)
  • Pub: ✓
  • Café: ✓

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Pubs on or near the route

  • The Queens Head

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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