Rose And Columns


Anyone who has been around the top end of St. Ives, Cornwall has probably noticed that hill out the back with the pile of rocks and the chimneys on it and thought, 'I wonder what that is ... and can you get up there?'.

The answers being 'a pile of rocks (and a couple of chimneys) and yes'.

The place in question is Rosewall Hill and there are a number of ways of getting to the top of it. There are also a few routes you can walk if you want to visit the environs or just take your Sunday morning constitutional. 

The Reporting Team have sallied forth, returning half-exhausted to present you this semi-exhaustive report:-

How To Get There

There are a number of paths, so you are spoiled for choice in that sense. Here's a sort of mappy thing that shows the area. Then, using their best colouring-in crayons the Reporting Team have charted the course Vile Jelly took to try and make some sense of the piccies.

So, here for the benefit of the explorers is the unadulterated map of the area ...

 

 

 

Map of area around Rosewall Hill, St. Ives, Cornwall 1

Image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-map service. Image reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.*

 

... and here is the map the Reporting Team coloured in earlier. (The numbers will mean something, eventually!).

 

 

 

Map of walking routes in the area around Rosewall Hill, St. Ives, Cornwall

Image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-map service. Image reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.*

Meanwhile, back at the ranch ...

First thing you've got to do (assuming you've done the washing/toilety sort of things [highly recommended if you are attempting this one]) is head up to the top of the Stennack until you reach the junction that separates the old road to Penzance and the road to Pendeen/St. Just/Land's End etc.

Which appears thusly:-

Could this be a sign?

Route around Rosewall Hill, St. Ives, Cornwall 1

The distinctive roundhouse is a useful landmark (but a bugger of a place if you want a quiet corner to sit in!).

Route around Rosewall Hill, St. Ives, Cornwall 2

At this point you have a choice.

You can either keep going straight on on the St. Just road and you will reach the little lay-by (13 on map) from where you can either walk up to Rosewall Hill (red line to 15) or Little Trevalgan (red line to 14).

Comme ca:-

Route around Rosewall Hill, St. Ives, Cornwall 3

Just follow the old frog and toad (but if you miss the lay-by for gawd's sake remember to apply the brakes before you reach Land's End!).

Alternatively, you can take the left fork, which is the old road to Penzance (via Halsetown, Towednack [pronounced Twed-nack, not Toad-nack!] and Nancledra). If you take this route [and we did] you will see Hellesveor Church immediately on your right and you need to take the right fork in the road after the church (2 on map).

Wie so:-

Route around Rosewall Hill, St. Ives, Cornwall 4 This is the left fork but don't allow yourselves to be deceived, that red car handily marking the spot probably won't be there next time.
Hellesveor Church, St. Ives, Cornwall 1

The church of Hell(esveor). There's methodism to their madness, you know.

Hellesveor Church, St. Ives, Cornwall 2
Route around Rosewall Hill, St. Ives, Cornwall 5 Take care not to miss the little side road (or you'll be walking to Penzance!).

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