The Tinners’ Way

Our source for this walk was Craig Weatherhill’s book Belerion which describes the ancient sites of the Land’s End peninsular (Penwith). He uses the title Coffin Path for the northerly route and the Tinners’ Way for the southerly one which we describe here. Both are brilliant walks in their own rights, through some stunning scenery. Our guess is that the highland route is the older as it passes more ancient landmarks. The northerly one has rather more Christian crosses.

When we did the walk, we had no other source and relied on Craig’s book – available at all good booksellers. We picked up the trail at Castle an Dinas and did the route in five parts as as a series of circular walks: Part 1, Part 2, Interlude, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5. There is a map of our West Penwith walks below.

That other expert on wild Penwith, Ian Cooke, has produced a definitive guide which divides the route into five walks. This is available here.

The Tinners’ Way is highly recommended, especially if you like ancient monuments as we do, but expect to get lost in the middle as the track does disappear at one point. Emerging at the end in the ancient harbour beneath Cape Cornwall is a sheer joy.

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