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 dishes which 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.
PostcodeTR12 6EF - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Goonhilly Downs Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Goonhilly Downs Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Goonhilly Downs OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Goonhilly Downs Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Goonhilly Craft Shop & Tea Room is a nice place to go for some post walk refreshments. It's located at the heart of the Lizard Peninsula on the B3293 Helston to St. Keverne road, just north of the satellites at postcode TR12 6LQ.
The heathland tracks are ideal for dog walking so you'll probably see other dogs on your outing. It's probably best to keep them on leads around the ponies at the site.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
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.
Head north and you could visit the picturesque little village of Gweek on the Helford River. Here you could try the nature trail at the seal sanctuary where they look after sick and injured seal pups.
For more walks in the area see the Cornwall Walks page.