Local area

Gunwen Chapel is on the Saints Way between Padstow and Fowey, a popular route for walkers and cyclists. The car park opposite the Chapel gives access to Helman Tor.

Helman Tor is a Nature Reserve which includes the wetlands of Breney Common to the West and Red Moor to the East. It is a County Geological Site and there are the remains of a Neolithic hill settlement which is a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

This large wetland complex extends across more than 500 acres, spreading from the slopes of Helman Tor, and it is one of the wildlife gems of Cornwall. Centuries of tin streaming here has created a landscape of hummocks and hollows, host to a patchwork of wildlife-rich habitats including wet and dry heathland, acid grassland, large areas of willow and oak woodland and numerous ponds.

More information about Helman Tor on Visit Cornwall