Cornwall Cottage Holiday UK, South West Coast Path Walks, Trebarwith Hiking Delabole
Cornwall Cottage Holiday UK, South West Coast Path Walks, Trebarwith Hiking Delabole was a day walk around Trebarwith and Delabole about 5.5 miles long.
It was undertaken on day 7 of a Cornwall cottage hiking holiday near the South West Coast Path with my partner Anne during May 2011.
Travelling by car from our cottage holiday accommodation in St Teath, we parked in a pay and display car park in the Trebarwith Strand Valley which was the starting point for the walk.
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Cornwall Cottage Holiday UK, Trebarwith & Delabole
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Trebarwith and Delabole Local Info
Trebarwith Strand, or “Trebervedh Sian” in Cornish, is a beautiful cove and beach on the North Cornwall coastline with the South West Coast Path running through it. It lies between Tintagel to the north about 1.5 miles away and Port Isaac about 5 miles along the coast to the south. Access by car is along a dead-end country lane through a narrow valley coming off the B3263.
To reach the sandy beach requires crossing the rocks at the bottom of the valley. When the tide is low the golden sand beach is about 800 metres in length and is contained by cliffs with natural caves at their base. At about 600 metres offshore is the rugged looking Gull Rock providing for a picturesque background scene.
“The Strand”, as it is known locally is great for surfing and there are rock pools below the cliffs which are great for crabbing. There is a big car park a few minutes up the valley and a small one near the beach. Facilities include public toilets by the beach, a beach shop, The Port William Inn and a cafe.
Trebarwith is a small village higher up on the south side of the valley which leads down to Trebarwith Strand, about half a mile to the south east. Trebarwith land has written records dating back to 1284 and Trebarwith Farm is a building with a Grade II listing.
Gull Rock is a large rock roughly 600 metres from the shore to the west of Trebarwith Strand. It is rather rugged in appearance, adding atmosphere to the beach scene. Some say it looks like a dogs head whilst others say it looks like a Monkey’s head.
The Port William
Snugly nestles into the side of the cliffs with views out over the fabulous Trebarwith Strand is The Port William Inn. It is both a pub and a restaurant with an excellent reputation for pub grub. It has a comfy and hospitable bar and offers four star rooms.
Dennis Point is the headland next to Trebarwith Strand on the southern side of the valley. At about 300 feet, there are sea caves where it meets with the beach below and it offers a fabulous view across the beach to the north. I did not count but I was told that there are 199 steps to climb up to the top.
On the southern side of Dennis Point is the rocky Backways Cove about a quarter of a mile south from Trebarwith Strand. There is a steep zig-zag path down into and back up from the cove along the South West Coast Path. It is a peaceful location as not many tourists know about and it is a fair walk to get to it. Past quarrying and sea erosion have combined here to form some interesting areas of shaped rock and the view out to Gull Rock from the bottom of the valley is superb. The valley has a wealth of wild flowers and heathland butterflies, with a rare wild Camomile species growing there.
Start Point is a small headland next to and south of Backways Cove about a third of a mile south from Trebarwith Strand.
Treligga Cliff is National Trust property next to and south of Start Point with the South West Coast Path running across the top over the fairly level Treligga Common.
Tregonnick Point is a headland about 1.25 miles south from Trebarwith Strand with a great view south over Port Isaac Bay in the distance and Tregardock Beach and The Mountain immediately to the south.
The Mountain is a hill shaped like a pyramid at the end of a valley just south of Tregonnick Point which overlooks Tregardock Beach. It lies about 1.5 miles south from Trebarwith Strand. The Mountain is eroded a great deal on the side facing the sea.
Tregardock is a small farm settlement not far from the South West Coast Path. It lies about 1.5 miles to the south of Trebarwith Strand and about half a mile inland from Tregonnick Point. The farm now offers holiday accommodation to tourists.
Treligga Downs is a small settlement which includes the Poldark Inn, located about 1.5 miles to the south of Trebarwith Strand and about 1.5 miles inland from Tregonnick Point.
Delabole, or “Delyowboll” in Cornish, is a big village and the third highest in Cornwall. I lies about 2 miles inland, east of Tregonnick Point on the North West Coast Path and roughly 2 miles south east of Trebarwith Strand. It is home to both the Delabole Slate Quarry and the Delabole Wind Farm. Delabole came into existence in 1893 after the arrival of the railway. It used to be the 3 hamlets of Medrose, Pengelly and Rockhead connected by a road that was named High Lane, now renamed as High Street. It has churches, a number of shops, a fire station, some lovely pubs and public toilets.
Delabole Slate Quarry
In one form or another, Delabole Slate Quarry has in all probability existed for about 1000 years. Not much is known about its early days but evidence indicates that it has been a commercial operation during the last six hundred years. In 1841, a number of privately owned small businesses that previously either leased or owned the site, merged to form The Old Delabole Slate Company, which later in 1898 became a limited company. 1977 saw the liquidation of the company and it moved into the hands of a corporate entity. In 1999 the quarry went back into local ownership with a management buy-out. These days it uses modern diamond wire saw techniques to mine the slate and only requires five skilled quarrymen. This also means very little waste and no more mountains of waste slate. Today its average slate block production is 120 tonnes per day.
Delabole Wind Farm
Delabole Wind Farm was first UK commercial wind farm.
At a height of 800 feet above sea level, it is located 1 mile north east of Delabole village and 2.5 miles from the sea.
When a Nuclear Power Station was proposed and there was Cornish opposition, the Edwards family took positive action and researched the potential of wind power for their windswept farm.
The wind farm started operating in December of 1991, taking only 3 months to build, with 15 days to erect and commission the turbines. The 12 million KW hours per year its 10 turbines produced was equivalent to a year of power consumption by 2,700 average homes. This means that 5,000 tonnes of coal or 2,000 tonnes of oil no longer need to be burnt per year. It also means a reduction of 120 tonnes of sulphur and nitrous oxides and a reduction of 12,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, great for the environment. The original 10 turbines replacement began in August 2010. Four bigger turbines with a greater combined output of 9.2MW increased the output of the wind farm by about 2.5 times.