Bartinney Castle

Bartinney Castle, Ancient Hill Fort, Grid Reference SW 394 293

Park in NT Carpark, at foot of Chapel Carn Bream Grid Reference SW388 283

From car park take bridleway on other side of road, head east, do not take first track on left.

Paths on the left then lead up to the summit an dthe Castle site.

Walkers and riders in the St Just and St Buryan areas will be very familiar with Tredinney Common and Bartinney Downs with the ancient Bartinney Castle at the summit of the hill. Approached from opposite the Chapel Carn Brea car park is a gate that leads on to Bridleway 76 and Brane and this gives access onto the Common and up to Bartinney Castle. The whole area has been open access for both walkers and horses for many years under an existing Stewardship agreement. Most of the area is also now Open Access under the CROW Act, but that access does not automatically include horses.The whole area has become very overgrown for both riders and walkers in recent years



A Horse's Eye View from Bartinney Downs looking over to St Just - This path awaiting clearing!

Peter Smith surveying the task in hand.

Last year, West Penwith Bridleways Association working with PAROW reopened access onto the hill from Bridleway Number 47 on the north side of the hill. This Autumn a determined effort has been made to reopen access from Dowran across Numphra Common along Footpath 43 that has been completely overgrown and blocked. Local resident Peter Smith from Dowran came to our aid with his strimmer and handtools. Singlehandedly he made tremendous inroads into the dense gorse and heather, restoring a lovely wide path. Mandy, Gill and Beverley gave welcome assistance on the latter stages of the path. The more that was cleared, tools had to be carried so much further. We give our big thanks to Peter for the enormous amount he has done. It is much appreciated.


Final connection was made through to the track leading to the Chapel Carn Brea car park.

This tremendous progress enthused all to clear the paths around and over Bartinney Castle. PAROW Paths Officer, Chris has continued the good work with his enormous brush cutting strimmer. A path has now been cleared to the summit, yet more work remains to clear the path down the other side.

The whole area will now be accessible to all, (with plenty of hoof paths) and with PAROW we are working to ensure that a management plan is put into place to keep these paths wide and clear in future years.

A job well Done!


Chris, PAROW Paths Officer, has continued clearing over Bartinney Hill and Castle.

Far Left - Chris's Red Hot Strimmer! - the small one!

Left, Looking back down towards Lamorna Cove