FOOTPATH WALK - Twelveheads – Tolgullow & return
5.5 miles, approx. 1hr 45 mins.
A longer walk this time, and good footwear required for those
START by leaving your car in the large lay-by on the right as
you approach Twelveheads (1) from Point Mills.
Walk towards Twelveheads and take the track that leads
straight on signed “Poldice Valley”. This is the Mineral
Tramways cycle route passing through Hale Mills (2) and
Todpool (3) to Portreath. Follow the black arrows pointing
to Portreath on the granite posts along the route UNTIL you
see one that says “Devoran, (walkers only)” (4). Portreath is
arrowed on the same stone but ignore it this time.
Follow the Devoran route on your left for 100 metres, turning
sharp LEFT just before the main St Day to Scorrier road. Go
through the small swing gate with the misleading rough sign
about “Phypophtholia” on it. Ignore the sign, this is a public
footpath open to everyone. You are now heading back in the
direction you came, with the cycle trail across the valley to
Follow the wide path before taking a LEFT turn onto a narrow
track some 10 metres before a farm gate with a sign saying
“Private” & “Cattle in Field”. A glance to your left will
see Wheal Unity looking down over the valley. Over the stile
and continue until the path meets the St Day to Chacewater
road (5). You will have noticed granite stones set in the
path – they were the bed of the Portreath – Crofthandy
LEFT at the road, down the hill 20 metres then RIGHT at the
black arrow on the granite post. STRAIGHT ON, bearing LEFT
past a shaft with a new stone wall around it until you meet
the road (6). STRAIGHT ACROSS towards Devoran. A choice of
3 paths very soon, take the middle one passing the tall
arsenic stack immediately on your left. Then RIGHT up the
track towards Crofthandy village.
LEFT before you reach the main road (some 40 metres away),
up past the property “Pensilva” (7). Bear RIGHT where the
path forks and continue on this track. It will get narrow
after the last property on your left, then even narrower
as you now descend. Keep bearing left down over the mine
waste (the orange water of a Wheal Maid tailings pond is
below you on the right).
This path will then meet the original cycle trail at Hale
Mills (8) so turn RIGHT and follow it back to Twelveheads
and your start point.