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Facilities available for this trail

Parking - Parking at the start at the dam.

Picnic areas - anywhere appropriate along the route

Eating and shopping - village store, the local pubs and cafe at the watersports centre

Public houses - The Seven Stars and The Golden Lion

WCs - in centre of village and Stithians Watersports Centre


Family and children friendly - the route is very easy

Cycle Trail - good trail very easy to navigate. For this trail cyclists will need to leave the trail at South Road using the road itself back into the village, to rejoin our trail at the Seven Stars. This is because between these two points the trail is a footpath only.

Horse Riding Trail - trail is suitable. For this trail horse riders will need to leave the trail at South Road using the road itself back into the village, to rejoin our trail at the Seven Stars. This is because between these two points the trail is a footpath only.

Walking Trail - a very easy route

Disability access - not suitable for wheelchairs but ok for the stronger tougher scooters.

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Seven Stars Inn


Seven Stars Inn is now the only pub in Stithians, with its population of just over 2,000. It is a lively, welcoming traditional Cornish local pub with a great selection of real ales and good quality food at great value.

Being conveniently located on bus routes allows direct access from Truro, Falmouth, Helston and Redruth. Parties catered for throughout the year and at Christmas: please contact us for further details. 
Address: Seven Stars, Church Street, Stithians, Truro, Cornwall. TR3 7DH
Tel: +44 1209 860003
Website: The Seven Stars

The Golden Lion Inn


The Golden Lion Inn and Lakeside Restaurant boasts one of the most beautiful settings in Cornwall in which to enjoy some of the best food the county has to offer.

Whether you choose to dine in our light and spacious Restaurant with views of the lake, al fresco in our award winning gardens or in our traditional, oak beamed bar area with its superb real log fires, you'll enjoy the quality of our food, full table service and friendly, relaxing atmosphere.

Our menus offer an extensive choice of interesting dishes selected from the best of English, European and Asian cuisine, and we pride ourselves on using local ingredients from Cornwall food and drink producers wherever possible. Complement your meal with a wine from our extensive New World and European Wine List or a pint of Cask Marque real ale from St.Austell Brewery.

Our newly built heated garden shelter has proved extremely popular with both our smoking and non-smoking customers who prefer a drink or a meal al fresco enjoying our gardens and sumptuous hanging flower baskets, whatever the weather.

We are a family business, catering to families, groups, locals, visitors and campers.
Address:The Golden Lion Inn, Stithians Lake, Menherion, Redruth, TR16 6NW
Tel: +44 1209 860332
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Website: www.golden-lion-inn.co.uk


Stithians water-sports centre


The new Outdoor + Active Centre offers unrivalled water-sports facilities in the unique surroundings of Stithians Lake.

With sailing, windsurfing and canoeing activities available, the new centre provides modern and well-equipped facilities both on and off the water. Tuition, launch and equipment hire are offered and further details of all the facilities at this lake can be found on our website.

In addition to the new centre there is also a brand new children's play area overlooking the lake, a trim trail for those who enjoy land based fitness, and a newly surfaced cycle way leading to the dam. With over five and a half miles of bank, walkers and bird watchers will enjoy the peaceful surroundings and bird hides.

Fly fishing for trout is well catered for with season and day permits and boat hire available from the centre.

An informal campsite is located near to the centre and is ideal for those wishing to spend a weekend on the water.
Address: Stithians Lake Country Park, Near Redruth, Cornwall, TR16 6NW
Tel: +44 1209 860301
Website: http://www.swlakestrust.org.uk/lakes-and-facilities/the-lakes/stithians-lake


Address: Stithians reservoir car park

Lat: N 50° 11' 3.10"
Long: W 5° 11' 44.91"

OS Grid Ref: SW 71971 36465

Distance: 2.8 miles

Terrain: Easy


Stithians reservoir was created between 1962 and 1967 and has a surface area of 270 acres. It is reputedly one of the best inland lakes for windsurfing in the region and also offers sailing and fly fishing. Beneath the water are some 20 farmsteads and several cottages – in times of drought some of the old hedges and gateposts with their original hangings are exposed, virtually intact.

Stithians - Trail 2 - The Dam Trail

If arriving by car, ample car parking space can be found at Stithians Dam, just above the water treatment works, accessed from the main Stithians to Penhalvean road.

It pays to walk this track quietly, looking out for foxes, badgers and rabbits, listening for the sound of skylarks or buzzard, the chatter of disturbed snipe, and, on a lovely evening, watching the barn owl sweeping the valley or the kestrel hovering before it dives for its prey. In early summer the cuckoo is frequently heard through this valley, as well as the more obvious song birds. Watch and listen for the chatter and grate of the stonechat or the jinking flight of a woodcock.

Also seen through the gateways are a series of massive hedges. These are unusual for several reasons. They are made entirely of stone, some of which looks to have been dressed. A Cornish hedge is usually a layer of stone either side and an earthen infill. The solid stone is probably why there is little if any vegetation growing on these hedges. A further unusual feature is the straightness of the hedges: ruler straight. These structures are said to have been built by French prisoners during the Napoleonic Wars: whether this is true or not remains to be demonstrated although French soldiers were certainly imprisoned at Roskrow a few miles to the south..

Heading up the hill into the village, toward Crellow Hill, you will be within a few hundred yards of the village shop, public toilets and the Seven Stars public house which also serves food but check opening times.