North Predannack Downs


Chris Gomersall/2020VISION

North Predannack Downs

Unique heathland with an unusual geology


1.25 miles (2 km) south of Penhale
A static map of North Predannack Downs

Know before you go

35 hectares

Grazing animals

Site has cattle for most of the year

Walking trails

The path into the reserve can be wet and muddy. Once on the reserve, a number of paths crisscross the site and these can be uneven


Public footpaths leading to and around the reserve. Terrain can be difficult at times, please contact the reserve for disabled access information.


Dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to September

About the reserve

This nature reserve, on The Lizard, is made up from unique heathlands famed for their unusual geology, mostly Serpentine bedrock, and exceptional plant life. This reserve is prime Cornish heath with pools and wet willow woodland. Early Bronze Age barrows are present and there are numerous circular peat cuttings previously used for drying peat to be later burnt as fuel.  There are also remains of buildings likely to have been used during the Second World War.

Contact us

Cornwall Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01872 273939