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Kennall Vale

A picturesque woodland with rich undergrowth and open glades

A picturesque woodland with some open glades, this reserve also contains a water-filled quarry. The Kennel Vale gunpowder factory was located here; however it closed in the first decade of the last century. It is a great reserve for wildlife, such as the pipistrelle bat, as well as an abundance of birdlife

Species and habitats


Nearby nature reserves

Devichoys Wood
1 miles - Cornwall Wildlife Trust
Bissoe Valley
3 miles - Cornwall Wildlife Trust
5 miles - Cornwall Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Near Ponsanooth
Map reference
SW 753 375
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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8.00 hectares

Public footpath around the reserve. Terrain can be difficult and muddy in places.
Walking information
Tracks and paths run throughout the reserve; these can be muddy and in some places the surface can be wet and very slippery.
Park at SW 7546 3767 Head north from Falmouth towards Ponsanooth on A393. In Ponsanooth, turn left at the Post Office. Follow the road and park in the village. It is important that you do not park anywhere on the narrow lane leading to the nature reserve entrance known as Cot Hill. On foot climb Cot Hill Road. Ignore the grand entrance to Kennall House and keep walking up the hill. The entrance is on the right at the old pottery. Entrance: SW 7535 3756 Very limited parking in lanes near the site, so please be careful not to obstruct access routes
Dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Cornwall Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01872 273939


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