A heathland site with some ancient landmarks

Location

2 miles inland from Pendeen
Penzance
A static map of Chun Downs

Know before you go

Size
22 hectares

Parking information

There is a small car park at Woon Gumpa (SW 3933 3337)s located on the B3318 one mile south of Pendeen. Chun Castle is a 1500m ramble uphill to the east of the car park.

Grazing animals

No

Walking trails

Footpaths and bridleway pass can be wet and muddy underfoot and there are some inclines.

Access

Public footpaths around the reserve. Terrain can be difficult and muddy at points.

Dogs

Dogs permitted
Be aware that there are ground nesting birds in the summer and ground feeding waders in the winter.

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

Because of the ancient monuments and views it’s a great place to visit all year round.

About the reserve

The reserve is part of the West Penwith Moors, which overall contain 25% of Cornwall's heathland. The Downs are largely scrub covered and would have been created by woodland clearance in the 3rd or 2nd centuries BC. Stunning panoramic views extend across the landscape of historic small fields, Cornish hedges and spectacular heathland to the sea.

A short ramble uphill will lead you to Chûn Castle; an impressive Iron-Age hillfort with extensive landscape and coastal views. Surrounded by two extensive stone walls, the interior of the site contains the remains of several roundhouses. The hillfort has previously been excavated, showing a period of occupation from approximately the 3rd Century BCE to the 1st Century CE.  Penwith Landscape Partnership have created a virtual tour that you can view by clicking the button below.

 Chûn Castle interactive portal

Contact us

Cornwall Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01872 273939