GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Goonhilly Downs

5 miles (7.5 km)

This walk explores a large area of heathland situated in the Lizard National Nature Reserve in Cornwall. The site is located next to the Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station, with its iconic satellite disheswhich can be seen for miles. The remains of RAF Drytree, a radar station built during WWII are also visible in the reserve. You can explore some interesting buildings including an air raid shelter and receiver block which you can climb to the top of for panoramic views on the surrounding countryside
On the downs you will find areas of woodland, a large pond and interesting plants such as the Heath Spotted Orchid. Also look out for wildlife including ponies and deer as you make your way around the reserve.
The walk starts from the car park on the B3293 at Traboe Cross. Start by following the paths west and then north to reach the Satellite Station, where you'll find a Bronze Age standing stone (menhir) next to the site. The impressive station is one of the largest communication stations in the world.
The walk then crosses the downs to Croft Pascoe Forest where there are some nice woodland trails to try. You continue past the Croft Pascoe Pool before returning to the finish point back at the car park.
To continue your walking on the Lizard Peninsula head north east to the Helford River. There's fine views over the Helford Estuary and Falmouth Bay to be enjoyed here.

Goonhilly Downs OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Goonhilly Downs Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Goonhilly Downs - - 1003683

Goonhilly Downs

Sea Plough, Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station - - 1397955

Sea Plough, Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station


Goonhilly Merliin

Goonhilly Earth Station - - 1003639

Goonhilly Earth Station

Heath Spotted Orchid - - 186582

Heath Spotted Orchid

Dry Tree menhir, Goonhilly Downs - - 526157

Dry Tree menhir, Goonhilly Downs

Croft Pascoe Pool - - 411558

Croft Pascoe Pool

Croft Pascoe Forest - - 186575

Croft Pascoe Forest


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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