Explore the Wild and Secret Places in Cornwall.

9th August 2019


Explore the Wild and Secret Places in Cornwall, the places that are not normally on the tourist schedule.  If you are wanting a sense of adventure and want to search out interesting and mystical then these five places may be what you are looking for. 

If you are staying at St Merryn park or visiting us to view our Lodges for sale then take the time out for a little exploring.


Gwennap Pit in Redruth became a preaching pit in 1762, by local preacher John Wesley. It is said that up to two thousand people could be seated comfortably on the grass seating and it is claimed in 1773 he actually preached to a congregation of thirty two thousand there. It is about fifty feet deep and two hundred to three hundred feet across the top.

The original pit is believed to have been caused by a natural depression, possibly by a collapsing abandoned mine and it never collects water. The twelve terraces were cut by local miners in 1803-06.  Today it is still used for religious events, in particular the annual gathering on Whitsun and also with services all through the summer months.

Frenchman’s Creek is the best known of seven creeks leading off the Helford River which were made famous by the Daphne du Maurier novel Frenchman’s Creek.
It is easy to see what inspired her. She honeymooned here in its serene, calming beauty and is well worth a visit.

Surrounded with ancient woodlands and trees overhanging the waters some say it is best explored by kayak or boat but  there are also walks through the woods giving some incredible views.

The Crantock rock carving is revealed at low tide is part of an incredible series of small caves at Crantock Beach. The mythical Crantock rock carving, which is the stuff of legend in the local area is a story that in the early 20th century while a beautiful woman was riding her horse along the beach,  the tide crept around them, and unfortunately drowning them both.

Joseph Prater her lover would visit the caves to feel close to her and perhaps he left a lasting reminder of his love by carving a poem on the flat grey rock, along with a portrait of his lost love and her horse. Who knows what the real story is?

Just near St Merryn Park is the hidden WWI shipwreck found on Booby’s Bay.  On occasions when the sand shifts the correct way at Booby’s Bay near Padstow, the remains of a wrecked ship emerges.

This is the shipwreck of the German Naval ship The Carl, a three-masted sailing vessel which ran aground during World War I in 1917 on the outer reef during a storm.  It was beached and abandoned in Constantine Bay while being towed to London.  It is only when the sand shifts that it becomes visible – the first time in 2014, when its rib cage was spotted by visitors to the beach.

The Holywell Cave near Newquay can be found at low tide where from the beach it appears a mere bar, but some steps lead up to several stepped pools ascending towards a hole in the cave roof.

It has been described as one of the most remarkable sites in the British Isles and features on postcards.  It is also responsible for attracting huge numbers of visitors from around the world at the height of its popularity, but relatively few know of the hidden wonder that lies inside.

Holywell Cave is also known as St Cuthbert’s Cave and is set in the south west corner of Kelsey Head.  With a natural spring, descending through a surreal, multi-coloured grotto from the back of the cave it is well worth the time to visit.

Please be careful in your exploring and we urge you to get local help to stay safe with the tides etc.