Posted: 9 months ago

Just a few miles from St Austell town, St Dennis and Nanpean are villages that have grown over many years from just a few settlements to become an area with a ever-growing population with growing families and generations of locals alike.


The area is not short of history and heritage with place and road names that featured in the Domesday Book still in existence. One thing to look out for, stop and appreciate is St Denys Parish Church, which can be found at the top of Carne Hill, on the site of an Iron Age hill fort. It is believed the name ‘Denys’ stems from the word ‘Dinas’ which is Cornish for hill fort. 


The China Clay industry has played a massive part of the villages’ industry and by the mid-20th Century, it provided employment for many of those living in the areas.


Today the communities in both St Dennis and Nanpean remain thriving, with, between them, a village band, football clubs, schools, WI, Old Cornwall Society, carnival events, among many others.


There are plenty of community events happening throughout the year – do you run one of these? Tell us about them – as well as more about life in St Dennis and Nanpean – and we’ll add them to the site. Simply email with the details.


Posted: 9 months ago
Luxulyan Valley

Exploring the other side of Luxulyan Valley is easy thanks to a free car park at Pontsmill.


The whole valley area played an important part in the production of granite and industrial minerals during the 19th Century. Thanks to Joseph Treffry’s innovation in the area, the valley was transformed into a hive of industrial activity, with workers quarrying granite, mining copper and tin, as well as producing China Clay and stone.


Once you park up and cross the road towards the start of the path, you’ll come across an information board and map fixed onto a granite stone. You’ll see the possibilities to explore the valley are endless and there are a host of routes to choose from.


Whether you choose to take a circular route into the east of the Valley, follow the straight path through the center, or decide to walk all the way to the Treffry Viaduct, there’s plenty to see along the way, from nature and wildlife to fascinating historical remains.


If you choose to follow the most central path through the Valley, you’ll come across the remains of the Trevanney China Clay Kiln (pictured). This was in operation between the 1920s and 1960s and processed China Clay piped in from outside the Valley.


Don’t worry if you take a different route, there’s plenty to see, making it an ideal walk and afternoon out for the whole family – especially the dog! From the 19th Century Wheel Pit and The Incline constructed c1840.


Horse riding and cycling is permitted on the designated horse trail only. Walkers can use all paths and tracks, but please note some may be steep and uneven.


There are a number of resting points along the way and dog waste pin can be found at the start of the walk. There are no other facilities here.


Posted: 10 months ago

There's nothing better than a beach day, but before heading to St Austell's sandy shores, make sure you check out our Beach Safety Guide here to help keep the whole family safe.


We may have some stunning beaches and unrivalled coastal views here in the wider St Austell Bay area, but we’re so much more than that.


Take the opportunity to get outside and enjoy the fantastic woodland right here on our doorstep.




The woods at Luxulyan Valley is a fantastic place to explore whether you’re looking to get out with your family, fancy a walk alone, or want somewhere new to walk your dog.


The area is rich in history and heritage, so you can expect to learn and discover something new every time you visit.


Just a stones throw from St Blazey, Luxulyan Valley is heavily wooded and steep sided. Steeped in history, the valley is designated as part of the World Heritage Site and is considered to hold industrial and natural heritage of national importance.


The importance of the Valley’s ongoing preservation is of such importance, that group Friends of Luxulyan Valley was formed back in 1997. Linked with Cornwall Council and nearby parish councils, the group works to promote the preservation and protection of the valley, influence and assist in its management and promote the area’s history.


As part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, the Valley is set to undergo mass conservation work. A Heritage Lottery Fund development grant awarded to the project means that Cornwall Council and Cornwall Heritage Trust can progress their plans to extensive conservation and interpretation of the Valley’s heritage which will include restoring the Treffry Viaduct to working order.


As part of this, the council are keen to implement a programme of activities to encourage even more people, from all walks of life, to visit the Valley as well as creating opportunities for family learning and local schools to get involved.


So while the future of the Valley looks incredible, it remains, in its current state, a fantastic place to visit, so get exploring today!


Look out for: wildlife including the Bullfinch, European Otter, Song Thrush and Spotted Flycatcher. Historical remains including the Treffry Viaduct, granite mine buildings, tramways, mineshafts, adits and a waterwheel pit.


There are two small car parks at Black Hill and Ponts Mill but no toilet or refreshment facilities.


To support Friends of Luxulyan Valley and discover more history about the area, visit 


Posted: 1 year ago

The South West Coast Path is a 630 mile-long trail of adventure and discovery, covering Cornwall, Devon and Somerset.


The path was originally created by coastguards patrolling the area for smugglers. It was then also used by fishermen looking for shoals of fish and checking the sea conditions. Today it is walked by millions of people wanting to discover new places and take in some spectacular views.


The paths that follow the winding coast across the wider St Austell Bay area are a great opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the place we call home.


There are plenty of opportunities to join the path across the Bay, making it even easier to discover hidden coves and beaches, take in stunning scenery and enjoy everything each village along the way has to offer.


We’ve selected some of our favourite stretches of the path for you to try, along with the distances, one-way:


Gorran Haven – Mevagissey (3.5 miles)


Charlestown – Par (3.4 miles)


Fowey – Polkerris (4.7 miles)


Caerhays/Porthluney Cove – Dodman Point (2.8 miles)


Simply find a near-by car park, or use public transport to reach your destination, jump on the path and get exploring! One of the great things about the Path is it's free to use - ice cream rewards excluded, of course! You can find your nearest Cornwall Council car park here


There are of course many more routes across the Bay that are just waiting to be discovered. Do you have a favourite part of the South West Coast Path? Share the details in the comments below!


Did you know?


Walking the entire South West Coast Path is the equivalent to scaling Mount Everest four times!


Walkers of the South West Coast Path spent an estimated £436 million in 2012 mainly in local businesses. This expenditure supports 9.771 full-time equivalent jobs.


For more information on the path, including more about its history, how you can support the organisation that looks after the trail and for maps and more route ideas, visit


A day out at the beach can be fun for all ages, but it’s important to stay safe and be aware of your surroundings. As there are no lifeguarded beaches in the area, we’ve teamed up with the RNLI to bring you some helpful tips to help you keep safe.


Simon Hannaford, volunteer sea safety officer at Fowey RNLI says when heading to the beach, it’s extremely important to respect the water.


“It’s incredibly important that you know the risks, so you can make some small changes that will help keep you and others safe.


“When at the beach, or near any water, be aware of any potential dangers. Know your limits and don’t take risks. Go with other people and look out for each other and remember to take a charged phone so you can call for help if you come across anyone who needs it.


“The sea is very powerful and can catch out even the strongest swimmers or the most experienced sea-goer. Follow these top tips to make sure you and your family stay safe.”


Tides and currents


It’s important to be aware of the tide times when visiting a beach, especially at high tide, to avoid getting cut-off. Always check the tide times before heading out, you can do this on our tide tables here.


Rip currents are a major cause of accidental drowning, so it’s important to understand them.


Rips are strong currents running out to sea which can quickly drag people out to deeper water. Often difficult to spot, they are sometimes identified by a channel of churning, choppy water on the sea’s surface.


What to do if you find yourself in a rip:  

  • If you can stand, wade. Don’t swim
  • Wade or swim parallel to the shore until you are free of the rip and then head for the shore.
  • Don’t try and swim against it or you will get exhausted.
  • Raise your hand and shout for help.



Take time to read the information on boards you’ll find at many beaches, as they include important detail and safety information specific to the beach you’re visiting. If a red and white prohibition sign is used, you must not enter the water at any time.


Sun safety


It’s important to look after your skin when you’re exposed to the sun and by following a few simple steps, it’s easy to stay safe in the sun.  


  • Use sunscreen. Keep it topped up every two hours and use an SPF of at least 30.
  • Protect your shoulders. Slip on a t-shirt to help reduce the chances of burning.
  • Seek shade. Particularly between 11am and 3pm when UV penetration is at its strongest.
  • Wear sunglasses. Ideally wrap-around sunglasses with UV protection to shield your eyes.
  • Wear a hat. Slip on a hat to help protect your face, neck and ears.

Also don’t forget to stay hydrated and sip plenty of water during the day.


How to call for help


If you find yourself in difficulty when in the sea, the RNLI recommend you stay with your kit if you have any, as it will help keep you afloat and easier to find in an emergency.


If close to the shore, whistling is an effective way to raise the alarm, or use the international distress signal of waving your hand and shouting.


If going further out, always carry a means for calling for help, such as fully charged VHF or flares.


If you see someone in distress or in the event of an emergency at sea, call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard. They will then alert and task the RNLI where necessary.


For more safety advice visit




Showers possible early. Low 7C.

Wednesday Night


Showers early, then partly cloudy overnight. Low 7C. Winds W at 25 to 40 km/h. Chance of rain 40%. Winds could occasionally gust over 65 km/h.



Considerable cloudiness with occasional rain showers. High 12C. Winds W at 15 to 30 km/h. Chance of rain 40%.

Thursday Night


Rain likely. Low 8C. Winds SSE at 15 to 30 km/h. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall possibly over 25mm. Locally heavier rainfall possible.



A steady rain in the morning. Showers continuing in the afternoon. High 11C. Winds NNE at 25 to 40 km/h. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall near 6mm.

Friday Night


Considerable clouds early. Some decrease in clouds late. Low 6C. Winds NNW at 15 to 30 km/h.



Partly cloudy. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 12C. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 km/h.

Saturday Night


Mostly cloudy skies. Slight chance of a rain shower. Low near 5C. Winds N at 10 to 15 km/h.

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