As the article title suggests, Trencrom is the highest point in West Penwith and for that reason alone it is worth a visit. But on any clear day the 550ft summit, which is significantly higher than any of the surrounding countryside, it’s one of the few places where you can see both the North and the South Coasts of Cornwall at the same time. From Godreavy Lighthouse in the North to St Michael’s Mount in the south, the views are breath taking. And in fact you can also see Newlyn harbour, the spot where sea level is actually measured from.
The top of Trencrom Hill is the site of a Hill Fort that dates back to the Iron Age and beyond. As with everyplace where you can actually see evidence of ancient man, the atmosphere holds real sense of the unkown. It is said that lay lines cross here giving the site mystical powers. Above ground there are plenty of interesting rock formations and ground undulations which can only have been mans doing – see if you can spot any rock outlines of old settlement buildings that lie in the surrounding fields and the whale rock.
You shouldn’t only reserve a trip to the top of Trencrom for good days, the wind gets so strong up there that it becomes difficult to talk, and on wet misty days when you can only see 20 yards in front of you the silence and remoteness can really get the hairs standing up on the back of your neck. As for going up there at night, well let’s just say I have yet to pluck up the courage, but then I struggle walking up the stairs at home in the dark!
Getting to Trencrom from Carbis Bay is quite easy. By car it should take about 10 minutes to get to the carpark followed by a 10 minute walk along the path that zigzags up the East side to the top. If you have time the walk from Carbis Bay to the Top of Trencrom will take about an hour to get to the top. Follow the map below for directions on how the get there by car or by foot.