Knill’s Monument and Steeple Woods
There is a beautiful path that meanders around the hillside where Knill’s Monument sits upon. The path starts from the top of Steeple Lane (there are a few places to park on the lane if you don’t fancy walking too far) and is just a 7 minute walk from The Cornish Arms in Carbis Bay. Enter the Steeple Woodland Reserve and follow the path around the hillside taking in the breath-taking views of the vast ocean beyond until you reach the iconic Knill’s Monument which can be spotted from the A30 on a clear day!
There is a dog poo pin along the path and, if you cross the road into Steeple Woods, the wooded area is a safe playground for playful pups with a freshwater stream running through; a pawfect place for refreshments!
A little word of warning, there is an old mine shaft in the nature reserve (near the entrance) so if your dog is the type to chase rabbits or squirrels without thinking about where it’s placing its paws, it’s probably best if they are kept on a lead at the start of the walk. If your dog is happy mooching on the path then it’s safe as the mine shaft is fenced.
This walk is short stroll and will take no longer than 20 minutes walking once on the nature reserve path. It can be made longer if crossing over into Steeple Woods for a mooch.
Longer walks from Knill’s Monument
If your four-legged friend has extra energy to burn or you fancy a longer walk then the Knill’s Monument can be extended by a little or a lot! It can all be done from your holiday home in Carbis Bay too so no need to get the car off the drive.
Head to Knill’s Monument and a footpath leads off the hill away from Carbis Bay. The path passes through fragrant gorse bushes and ends up on Laity Lane. Turn left and walk along the lane until you reach a turning on the left to Vorvas Vean. Follow this path through a small collection of cottages and then downhill until you reach a couple of large new build homes on your right. Take a left onto a footpath (poo bin here!) that leads you back onto the nature reserve heading towards Steeple Woods. This walk would take around 40 minutes and your dog would need to be on the lead while walking the lane.
To make the walk even longer, rather than turning to Vorvas Vean, carry on along Laity Lane and take a left towards Withen and follow the footpath signs past some houses and a small farm yard (there will be some chickens behind a fence but best to keep your dog on the lead!). The path takes you along a couple of fields and joins a stoney path via a stone stile. Turn left and follow the path through a new build development and along a gravel path until you reach a t-junction and turn left and then right onto the footpath that leads back into the nature reserve.
There are even more footpaths that offer wonderful walks with your dog and we recommend looking at the OS Map Land’s End, Penzance and St Ives and follow the walks that will take you from Carbis Bay to Rosewall Hill or Trencrom Hill where the views are sensational and the walks around 2 to 3 hours long. If you feel extra energetic, why not follow where pilgrims have previously walked following the St Micheal’s Way route that goes through Carbis Bay to St Michael’s Mount in Marazion. The total distance from the start of the walk in Lelant is 12.5km but the route runs through Carbis Bay and can be picked up very easily.