Trevose Head

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Trevose Head
Trevose Head Lifeboat Station

Trevose Head is a headland on the Atlantic coast of north Cornwall, some miles west of Padstow.

The South West Coast Path runs around the whole promontory and is within the 'Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' and the 'Trevose Head Heritage Coast'. In clear weather, visitors to Trevose Head can see virtually the whole length of the north Cornwall coast; to the north, the view extends beyond to Hartland Point (40 miles away) in Devon while to the south, it extends beyond St Ives to the headland at Pendeen Watch (35 miles away).


The ruins of St Constantine's chapel can be visited at Hole 3 of Trevose Golf Club along an ancient right of way. The club is situated between Constantine Bay and Mother Ivey's Bay, behind Booby's Bay.

Trevose Head Lighthouse, maintained by Trinity House, is on the north-west corner of the headland and the Padstow lifeboat is stationed on the east side of Trevose Head. The lighthouse was first lit on 1 December 1847; initially there was an upper and lower light with the lower light no longer used after 1882. The last of the resident keepers left the lighthouse on 20 December 1995 following automation.[1]

A lifeboat was established at Padstow before 1825 and in 1967 the lifeboat station was moved from Hawkers Cove to Trevose Head due to silting of the River Camel. The present station was completed in July 2006 and came into service shortly after.[2]

Approximately 217 acres of Trevose Headland were put up for sale in March 2016, comprising 137 acres of agricultural land and 80 acres of coastal rough grazing and slope. The area had been in the ownership of the same family since circa 1900.[3]

Natural history

The headland is within the 'Trevose Head and Constantine Bay Site of Special Scientific Interest', which is designated for both its biological and geological interests. Wild asparagus grows on the cliffs of Dinas Head and shore dock at the base of the cliffs. The cliffs are also important for breeding fulmar, razorbill and guillemot.[4]

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