St Nectan's Glen and Condolden Barrow Circular Walk
- Distance:6 miles/10 km
- Walk grade:Moderate-Strenuous
- Start from:Trewarmett
- Recommended footwear:waterproof boots
- Woodland walk through St Nectan's Glen
- Pretty waterfall at St Nectan's Kieve
- Views over Tintagel and St Nectan's Glen from Trewinnick
- Condoldon Barrow - burial place of a Celtic King
- Wildlife along bridleway from Condoldon
- Views over Port Isaac and Pentire Point
- Views over Trebarwith Valley from Trewarmett Downs
- Head up the lane signposted to Trenale (which locals call Menadue since it goes to Menadue Mill and Farm) to the left of the post box opposite Park Farm
Menadue is the name of a farm and mill on the downs above Trewarmett. The place name Menadue is possibly from the Cornish word meneth which means hill, and due is the word for black, i.e. "Black Hill". The hill in this case is the one that overlooks Tintagel with Condolden Barrow at the summit.
- Head straight along it passing by Tregeath Lane and Trenale Lane on your left and across a crossroads passing a wayside cross on your right.
There are said to be 360 wayside crosses in Cornwall. In the mediaeval period, stone crosses were sometimes placed by the road or path. There have been various reasons for erecting these: markers placed along routes used by Christian pilgrims, or as a shrine in reverence, perhaps to a saint who has some connection to the locality. Others mark burial sites, a disaster, a miracle, or some other event that should be remembered. In some cases, they were erected to mark meeting places for Christian worship and later churches were built adjacent to the cross, resulting in the cross being within the churchyard or close by.
- Continue on the lane (passing footpaths to the left) until you reach a public footpath sign to the right, on a bend [an error occurred while processing this directive]
- At the end of the track cross a stile into a field and follow the left hedge.
There are sometimes Charolais bullocks in this field which (rarely for cows) can occasionally be a bit aggressive. If they run towards you, if you act in a dominant way (wave your arms or a stick, move towards them) they will back off (don't run away as they may chase you).
- At the bottom right corner of the field is an iron stile in the concrete wall which leads into the farmyard. Go left through the gate in the farmyard and head toward the sea keeping the farm building on your right.
From Tudor times onwards, the majority of farming in Cornwall was based around rearing livestock with dairy cattle being predominant. This is reflected in traditional Cornish dairy produce including clotted cream and, later, ice cream and in the North Cornwall dialect where the pejorative for "farmer" was a fairly graphical description of the act of milking before the introduction of milking machines which rhymed with "bit fuller".
Since 1984, the European Common Market agricultural policy - to restrict milk production - has reduced dairy herds and prompted shifts to beef and lamb production, and arable crops - particularly maize and oilseed rape. Two large buyers of Cornish milk - Rodda's for their clotted cream and Diary Crest for the production of Davidstow and Cathedral City cheeses - have helped to buffer the Cornish dairy industry from this to some degree. Post-Brexit, there is speculation that Britain may become more agriculturally self-sufficient and this could change the dynamics once again.
- Walk down through the field keeping the hedge on the right. About half way down the field is a stile leading to the right. Ignore this and keep following the right hedge.
- Walk through a gateway and down into another field. Follow the right hedge to a stile which leads onto the lane you set out on.
- Once you reach the lane, turn left and this will lead you back to Trewarmett.