Circular walk from St Tudy to Wetherham

St Tudy to Wetherham

The path from direction 14 is currently very overgrown. Until it's cut back or dies down, bring along suitable things to clear nettles and thistles from your path.

A circular countryside walk from the 15th century church at St Tudy through the grounds of the 18th century Manor of Wetherham, returning to the church alehouse where ale brewed by the church was sold to raise funds, and later became the village lock-up known as The Clink.

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The walk starts from the village of St Tudy, crossing through fields and woodland to Wetherham Manor, before returning along a country lanes and footpaths to St Tudy, allowing a final stop at the St Tudy Inn.


  • The path from direction 15 can get overgrown with nettles in summer. A stick or pole may be helpful for this section.

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  • OS Explorer: 109
  • Distance: 2.4 miles/3.9 km
  • Steepness grade: Easy-moderate
  • Recommended footwear: walking boots or trainers in summer

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  • Beautiful stained glass in 15th century Church of St Tudy
  • Pretty woodland around Wetherham, with bluebells in spring
  • Historic Wetherham Manor
  • Winding country lanes lined with pretty flowers in spring and summer
  • Local Cornish food and drink at 17th century St Tudy Inn

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  • St Tudy Inn


  1. Facing the war memorial, turn left past the postbox and seating area to reach some steps. Turn right up the steps onto a path into the churchyard. Follow this to the church.

    St Tudy was formerly known as Eglostudic. The village church dedicated to a St Tudius, a sixth century abbot and missionary who was active in Brittany. It is doubtful whether he actually visited North Cornwall, but it could have been established by one of his monks around this time.

  2. From the church, go through the gate on the other side of the churchyard and bear right, past the school, to a junction.

    The present church in St Tudy dates from Norman times. It was extensively rebuilt in the 15th century, and repaired during the 19th century. It is built on the site of an earlier church of the 6th century; the circular churchyard is typical of Celtic churches from this period.

    Set into the stone hedge face of the churchyard is "The Clink": initially this was the church ale house, then became the local constable's lock-up (hence the name).

  3. At the junction, turn right and walk a few steps up the road to the public footpath sign on the left. Follow the path from the sign to reach a pedestrian gate.

    The blackbird is a species of thrush. The name "blackbird" is mediaeval, first recorded in 1486. Since most of the crow family is also black, plus many seabirds, the choice of this particular species for the name is thought to be due to its size. Up to the 18th Century, larger birds such as crows were referred to as "fowl" and the term "bird" was only used for smaller species.

  4. Go through the gate and bear left slightly to the gate in the corner of the fence ahead. Go through the pedestrian gate and cross the remainder of the field to a waymark near the corner of the fence.

    The word "crow" is sometimes used to refer to the whole crow family (including jackdaws, rooks and ravens) and sometimes specifically to the common (carrion) crow. Carrion crows can be distinguished from their cousins by being totally black (jackdaws have grey heads, rooks have pale beaks) and having a slender and fairly straight beak (i.e. not the broad beak with a hooked top that a raven has). Biologists use the word "corvids" for "crow family" to avoid ambiguity, or to show off.

  5. Step over the wall, into the next field. Cross the field to a stile in the far hedge directly ahead.

    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.
  6. Cross the stile and go through the gate then continue ahead to meet the left hedge. Follow the hedge to the bottom of the field to a gate onto to a wooden walkway.

    The valley is known as Buzzard Valley.

    Buzzards are not quiet birds! Their long, loud "pieeuuu" call can be often be the first thing to give away their presence and is one of the easiest bird calls to remember. It is thought that the original Latin word for buzzard was probably an onomatopoeia (i.e. an imitation of the bird's call) within the constraints of what was deemed an acceptable Latin word (suggesting "pieeuuu" would probably have resulted in being fed to the lions!).

  7. Go through the gate and follow the walkway to a stile. Cross the stile and continue ahead to a pedestrian gate.

    The stream is meets another just before Wetherham manor and forms a tributary of the River Allen.

    The Rivel Allen is a major tributary of the River Camel, joining it just above the estuary near Wadebridge. It was known as the Dowr Alen in Cornish, which is documented as meaning "shining river". There is also a River Allen in Truro, although that one is Dowr Lain in Cornish, so as long as you speak Cornish, you won't get them confused!.

  8. Go through the gate into the field and follow the left hedge to an opening before a waymark. Turn left and walk across the meadow to the gate opposite.

    There are some elder trees along the bottom of the meadow.

    Elderflowers appear in late May and are easily recognisable as large white umbels on the shrubby green trees. If you are harvesting the flowers to make cordial or wine, avoid picking umbels where the flowers are going brown or haven't opened yet; they should be bright white with a yellow centre.

    Elder trees were associated with witchcraft which may have arisen because their berries were used in medicines. Consequently there were many superstitions about cutting down or burning elder trees.

    Elder be ye Lady's tree, burn it not or cursed ye'll be.
  9. Go through the gate and follow the path through the woods. Continue until you eventually reach a stile leading onto a track.

    To make elderflower cordial, remove the bitter stems from about a 20 flower heads and soak overnight in 1 litre of water containing the juice of 2 lemons. Strain the liquid and dissolve around 600g sugar to make a sweet cordial. To make dissolving the sugar easier, you can pre-dissolve the sugar in the water in advance by boiling the water and allowing it to cool before adding the elderflowers although you lose some of your sugar on the discarded elderflowers that way. Dilute with water or sparkling water to serve. It can be frozen for use at other times of the year.

    Autumn colours are the result of two processes. The first is that a normal healthy leaf contains chemicals which are both green (chlorophyll) and yellow (carotene). If chlorophyll stops being produced, leaves turn yellow. This happens when sunlight is reduced either temporarily (e.g. accidentally leaving something on the lawn) or in autumn when there is less sunlight overall and when cold temperatures also speed up the breakdown of chlorophyll. When a tree prepares to shed a leaf, it creates a barrier of cells to close the leaf off. Sugars produced from photosynthesis which normally flow back into the plant instead build up in the leaf and react with proteins in sap to form red anthrocyanin compounds. Sunny autumn days produce more sugars and result in more red leaves. Frost causes the leaves to drop off quickly so mild, sunny autumns produce the best colours.

    Mosses are close relatives of the first plants to colonise the land 500 million years ago. They descended originally from freshwater algae but evolved an outer coating that protected them from the temperature changes and UV radiation that made life on the land more of a challenge than in the water. There are now estimated to be over 10,000 species of moss.

  10. Cross the stile onto the track and turn right. Follow the track until it forks just past some granite gateposts.

    The size of the nuts from wild British chestnut trees is quite variable but the largest rival the nuts sold in supermarkets. Nuts that are very flat or less than the girth of your little finger are not worth harvesting; anything bigger is viable. A painless way to extract the nuts is to grip the husk between your feet and rub it between your boots or against the ground. This saves having to handle the spiky husks as the spikes are very sharp and tend to break off under the skin to leave behind splinters. Often the husks contain one (fairly round) large nut surrounded by several small, flat nuts, so it's worth squeezing out quite a few husks to get the larger nuts. Discard any nuts with holes in (as they will contain maggots) or that are very dark in colour - the fresher ones will be "chestnut" brown rather than dark brown.

    Holly has separate male and female plants, so not all holly bushes produce berries - only female plants. In less biologically-enlightened Pagan times, holly was though to be a male plant (the spikes symbolising aggression) whereas ivy was regarded as a female plant (symbolising attachment). The Christmas Carol "The Holly and the Ivy" is thought originally to derive from Pagan fertility myths onto which Christian symbolism has subsequently been added.

  11. When the path forks, keep right (following the waymark) then keep left along the main path, following it to reach another waymark. Keep right here and follow it to a stone bridge over a small stream.

    Grey squirrels were introduced to the UK from the USA in the late 19th Century and within decades they had replaced the native red squirrel in most parts of the country.

  12. Cross the bridge and bear right over the grass to cross a tarmac driveway then follow the grassy path opposite to a stone stile.

    During spring, wildflowers amongst the grass attract insects foraging for nectar such as bumblebees.

    During flight, bumblebees beat their wings around 200 times every second. However, the buzzing sound they make is not from the beating wings but from the bee's vibrating flight muscles. On cold days, by using their flight muscles, the bees are able to warm up their bodies to temperatures as high as 30 Celcius.

    The original tarmac was made from coal tar and ironworks slag. In the 1920s, coal tar was replaced by the tar from petroleum oil - bitumen. This oil-based tarmac is known as asphalt in the UK. However in the USA, "asphalt" means bitumen (i.e. just the tar with no "mac"). If that wasn't confusing enough, tarmac is known as "bitumen" in Australia!

  13. Cross the stile onto a lane and turn left. Follow the lane uphill to a private concrete driveway on the left with double wooden gates. Continue uphill from this for roughly another 30 metres to a wooden gate into a field.

    In June, foxgloves flower along the lane.

    In spring, whilst foxgloves seeds are germinating, the established foxglove plants from the previous year start producing their characteristic flower spike. Once these have been fertilised and the seeds have been produced then the plant dies. One foxglove plant can produce over 2 million seeds.

    Both navelwort's Latin name and common name are based on its resemblance to a belly button. Other common names include wall pennywort and penny pies due to the shape and size resembling an (old) penny.

  14. Turn left to go through the gate and follow the fence on the left to a stile half way along the fence.

    If the path along the edge of the field is getting overgrown, or on the next direction, from the stile into the woods, please use the app to report this as a Footpath Issue for cutting (as these are silver paths).

    To report an overgrown path, 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) and select Report 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 possible, take photos and attach them to the email as that will help the countryside team to see how bad it is and prioritise it.

    Footpaths in Cornwall are graded "gold", "silver" and "bronze" (bronze paths are normally dead-ends that don't link up with other paths).

    For parishes that take part in the Local Maintenance Partnership, gold paths are normally cut routinely once or twice each year. Routine cuts on gold paths are typically done in May/June, and any second cuts are usually in July - September.

    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. Also gold paths which happen to be in parishes who don't participate in the scheme are less likely to get a routine cut, but the Countryside Team can cut these themselves if they get badly overgrown.

  15. Cross the stile and follow the fence on the left until you reach another stile.

    Blackberries are closely related to raspberries and technically neither is a berry but an aggregate of many individual tiny fruits, each containing a tiny stone like a miniature cherry.

    Bramble flowers produce a lot of nectar so they attract bees and butterflies which spread the pollen between plants. One study found the bramble flowers as the fifth highest nectar producers out of the 175 species studied. Brimstone and Speckled Wood butterflies are particularly fond of bramble flowers.

    As well as through pollen being transferred by insects from other plants, if there are not many insects around (e.g. in cold or wet weather), bramble flowers are able to produce seeds without being fertilised (the flower is able to use its own pollen).

  16. Pass the stile and follow the path down into the woods, keeping right, until you reach a wooden footbridge over a stream.

    Wetherham Manor, near St Tudy, sits on a Saxon site (hence the name - "ham" meaning village or estate). It was recorded in the 14th Century as Wytherham. The rest of the name is thought to be derived from the Cornish word for woodland (similar to Withiel). Wetherham Manor had a colourful start to this millennium with the once owners being imprisoned for threatening bailiffs with a shotgun and evicted by the bank to the outbuildings with their dogs, cats, peacocks and "too many ferrets".

  17. Cross the footbridge and continue ahead to cross over the gravel and tarmac driveway to reach an unsurfaced track leading uphill. Follow the track uphill to reach a waymark.

    A dovecote (also known as columbarium or culverhouse) is a mediaeval invention, used to farm pigeons for meat. The circular shape was so that a ladder could be attached to a revolving pole in the centre to reach the nest boxes high in the walls (as the birds prefer to nest high up, out of the reach of predators such as foxes). In the Middle Ages, only the Lord of the manor was allowed to keep pigeons and this wasn't relaxed until the 17th Century which is why dovecotes (especially old ones) are often found at manor houses.

  18. At the waymark, continue ahead and follow the woodland path to another waymark on a bend, by a stile.

    The woods contain some huge beech trees.

    Compared to many native trees, the beech colonised Great Britain relatively recently, after the last Ice Age around 10,000 years ago. Beech trees have a shallow root system and are therefore often found in areas where water is plentiful such as near rivers. In the 17th and 18th Centuries, tall, stately beech trees were very fashionable in the estates of wealthy landowners and many mature beech woodlands today are the result of 18th Century parkland landscaping projects.

  19. As you approach the waymark, keep right to go between the gate posts to the lane. Turn left onto the lane and follow it uphill to a waymarked granite stile on a bend.

    Granite is the most common igneous rock found at Earth's surface and also the oldest - thought to be formed up to 300 million years ago.

  20. Cross the stile and follow the path to another stile.

    Ivy is unusual in that it flowers particularly late in the year - from September to November - and therefore provides vital nectar for insects such as bees and moths. Ivy berries are an important winter food source for birds and will remain on the plant all the way through the winter until spring. The berries also have a high fat content so provide a dense source of energy at a time when animals need lots to keep warm.

  21. Cross the stile and cross over the lane to a tarmac path just to the right of the garage directly ahead. Follow the path between the houses, turning right to follow the wall to a metal kissing gate into a playground.

    Lesser celandines are common plants along woodland paths recognisable by their yellow star-shaped flowers. Despite their name, they are not closely related to the Greater Celandine. Lesser celandines are actually a member of the buttercup family and, like buttercups, they contain the poisonous chemical protoanemonin.

    One in five of all known fungi form lichens. Studies suggest that many species of fungi that form lichens started out from ancestors that lived on organic waste. Fossils have also revealed that the symbiosis between algae and fungi dates back more than 400 million years roughly to the time when plants first evolved from green algae.

  22. Go through the kissing gate and cross the tarmac diagonally to reach a pair of wooden gates. Go through these and along an alleyway to the road.

    Church Ales were celebrations held within the church calendar, particularly at Whitsuntide and May Day, when ales were brewed and sold in order to raise funds for the Church or for good causes in the parish. With the growth of Puritanism in the late 17th century, drinking was seen as sinful. Church Ales were considered to be nothing but drunken disorders and were suppressed. Church houses were gradually abandoned, demolished or put to other uses.

  23. Turn left onto the pavement and follow the road around the left side of the churchyard, back to the war memorial.

    The St Tudy Inn (formerly the Cornish Arms) is a 17th century village inn, located at the opposite end of the short lane leading from the War Memorial. It was conveniently proximate to "The Clink", allowing anyone who became drunken and troublesome to find themselves in new accommodation within the time it took for the constable's pint to be poured.

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