Welcome to the lush and beautiful woodland walk* of St Nectan’s Glen
This must be Cornwall’s best-kept secret!
Crossing the main road on foot from the car park in Trethevy, and following it up to the right, you will pass the inscribed Roman pillar on the roadside by St Piran’s (a former monastery). Walk a little further, past a few private houses, and here starts the magical journey to St. Nectan’s Glen. Be prepared to enter a world of tranquillity and abundance as you make your way along the edge of the river which meanders, sometimes rushes, over moss-covered rocks and pebbles under the most amazing canopy of ancient woodland.
As you further progress along the paths and slate beds worn over hundreds of years into steps, you will be able to hear the distant murmur of the waterfall; but don’t be in a rush to your destination, as amongst the undergrowth following the contours imposed by the landscape, many a spot of quiet beauty invites you to pause here and there, reflect, absorb the atmosphere of the place and lose yourself in its beauty and history; with a sense of being suspended in time, listen to the wind blow through the ancient trees, the songs of birds and the sweet sound of the nearing waterfall itself.
Whether you’re on a pilgrimage or a day out, the reward truly is in nature’s embrace.
*Please be aware that the walk is a nature track, therefore some parts may not be suitable for pushchairs and people with walking difficulties. The walk is accessible free of charge.