Pentewan River and Woodland Trail

MODERATE 3 reviews

Pentewan River and Woodland Trail is a 6.6 kilometer loop trail located near St Austell, Cornwall, England that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

Distance: 6.6 km Elevation Gain: 148 m Route Type: Loop


nature trips







over grown

off trail

historic site

A circular walk from the coastal village of Pentewan in Cornwall. The village and its harbour date back to medieval times and make the perfect place to explore after your walk. The walking route itself follows the riverbank of the St Austell River heading inland before climbing high into Kings Wood that occupies the steep slopes of Pentewan Valley. The semi-natural ancient woodland is rich with wildlife and plants; look out for bluebells in the spring and plenty of butterflies in the summer. The woodland is a network of many paths with few landmarks. The walk follows a mixture of easy-going level paths, some steady gradients plus several very steep woodland slopes which can be slippery with loose stones and need care. The first unmade stretch of riverbank can be very muddy at times, along with the lower sections of woodland paths. The initial stretch of riverside path is narrow and can become a little overgrown. You will need to negotiate a simple bridle gate, some footbridges, a few flights of woodland steps and a series of boardwalks over the marshy section of woodland, but there are no stiles on route. You will not be sharing any of the paths with livestock. Dogs are welcome in the woodland, it is managed by the Woodland Trust. Allow 2.5 hours. In terms of facilities, the square in Pentewan village has public toilets and the village also has a (dog-friendly) pub and several cafes.

3 months ago

Lovely walk through native woodland very peaceful, lots of wildlife along the route especially beside the river. Nice surprise to find the cycle hire shop selling coffees.

8 months ago

A lovely and peaceful walk. Not too strenuous at all and not too muddy