Sancreed Beacon… a beautiful stretch of natural moorland

Above the village of Sancreed in West Penwith is Sancreed Beacon, an area of granite upland, 172m above sea level. It was probably inhabited during the Bronze Age.

This beautiful stretch of natural moorland offers both a spectacular view across Mounts Bay and a wide variety of flora, fauna and historic remains.

Remains of two burial mounds can be seen on the summit. The remains of what is believed to be a Bronze Age hut stand on its western slope.

Open works and old shafts provide evidence of tin mining here in the mid-19th century. The mine was called Wheal Argus and Beacon Mine.

The “beacon”, a fire lit on the hill to send a message to the next beacon and so on to London, would have been lit as a warning of invasion, for example during the Napoleonic wars.


Visit Sancreed Beacon

Map reference: (OS Map 203; ref SW 415297) Three miles West of Penzance, turn North at Drift off A30.

Easily accessed from the A30 by following signs from Drift, Sancreed Beacon is free to visit. There is a small car park just west of Sancreed church.