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The Cornish Guide - Cornwall / Kernow

The Cornish Guide - Cornwall / Kernow

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Heading north out of Truro, the St Piran Trail follows a number of minor roads, through the village of St Newlyn East before reaching Newquay, Cornwall's most popular holiday destination. From Newquay the route heads inland to the quaint old market town of St. Columb Major before heading north across Denzell Downs and out towards the popular north Cornish village of Padstow.


The trail emerges on the banks of the Camel estuary, where it joins up with The Camel Trail. Onwards it leads in an easterly direction, arriving in the old county town of Bodmin, where it rejoins the main spine route. There will plenty of picturesque places along the trail to take a break and enjoy the scenery, or to find a spot of lunch too.


Saint Piran, or simply Perran (traditionally in Cornwall, saints are simply named, without this title - Cornish: Peran) is an early 6th century Cornish abbot and Saint, supposedly (as many seem to be) of Irish origin.


He is known as the patron saint of tin-miners, and is also generally regarded as the patron saint of Cornwall; although Saint Michael and Saint Petroc must also have some claim to this title! The Saint Piran's Flag is the white cross on a black background that you can find all over Kernow, and you are bound to see plenty of them on your travels throughout the county.


Saint Piran's Day: takes place on the 5th of March my bewties


Note: A Cornwall Council Ranger is responsible for the day to day management and can be contacted via the Environment Service on 0300 1234 202 or

St Piran Trail

Age group: 6+

Location: MID Cornwall


Contact: Truro to Bodmin (via Newquay)

TEL: 0300 1234202