Inland Cornwall - Trencrom Hill
OS Explorer Map 102: grid reference SW518362 View Map
Situated in the west of Cornwall, Trencrom Hill is well worth a visit. It is located just west of Hayle and south of St. Ives and dominates the local area, towering over Lelant Downs. From the granite outcrop on its summit there are breathtaking views over St. Ives and in the other direction Mounts Bay. There is almost an aerial view of Carnsew and Copperhouse pools at Hayle. The estuary and the north coast beaches of Gwithian and Godrevy can be seen clearly. Over in the distance it is possible to see St Agnes Beacon and beyond.
Standing 550 feet high, Trencrom is an ancient hill fort as is its near neighbour Castle-an-Dinas above Ludgvan. The steep southern side would be easily defended and any transgressor would be quickly seen. One of the higher group of rocks exhibits circular depressions on its upper surface. There is some discussion as to if these are purely natural phenomena or if they are some sort of bowl cut by ancient man. Other notable sites nearby are Knill's Monument above St. Ives, Chysauster Iron Age Village, The Nine Maidens Stone Circle at Boskednan, Rogers Tower at Castle-an-Dinas, Mulfra Quoit and Bodrifty.
Amongst the foothills of Trencrom lies the home of Hamish Miller - an authority on ley lines and dowsing. For more information consider purchasing a copy of his book The Sun and the Serpent. Take a trip up to Trencrom early in spring or autumn and you may find yourself enchanted by its beauty - some may even get something more mystical out of the experience. Trencrom, as with all other ancient sites has that extra little something if you are attuned to it.