St Michael’s Way – TRENCOM HILL – walk three – 1.25 miles

 OS Explorer Map 102: grid reference SW518362

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Situated in the west of Cornwall, Trencrom Hill is well worth a visit. It is located just west of Hayle and south of St. Ives and dominates the local area, towering over Lelant Downs. From the granite outcrop on its summit there are breathtaking views over St. Ives and in the other direction Mounts Bay. There is almost an aerial view of Carnsew and Copperhouse pools at Hayle. The estuary and the north coast beaches of Gwithian and Godrevy can be seen clearly on a day like this.

Trencrom Hill 550 ft (or Trecrobben) is a prominent hill fort, owned by the National Trust, it is crowned by an Neolithic Tor enclosure and was re-used as a hillfort in the Iron Age. Hut circles can be seen in the level area enclosed by the stone and earth banks. The hill was recorded as Torcrobm in 1758 which is derived from Cornish “torr crobm”, i.e. ‘hunched bulge’.

Trecobben, the giant of Trencrom, was supposed to have killed Cormelian (wife of Cormoran) by throwing a hammer across to St Michael’s Mount.

There is a free but small car park at the base.

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