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Kennall Vale

A picturesque woodland of great archaeological and wildlife importance

In 1812 the Kennall Company established a gunpowder works here. By the mid 19th Century this works was one of the county's most important producers of gunpowder. After the collapse of the Cornish mining industry, production here rapidly declined until the works finally closed in 1910. The site is now a reserve of both archaeological and wildlife importance and is part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. 

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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Opening Times
Open at all times. The section of footpath behind the mill buildings is currently closed for safety reasons.
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
Nick Marriott
Tel: 01872 273939


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