The first in a series of projects improving access to the Penrose Estate at Helston has been completed using new grant funding.

Walkers around Carminowe Creek may have noticed a new, improved boardwalk and bridge that has been installed, replacing the old boardwalk that was in need of repair after being badly damaged by floods last winter.

Its replacement is built to a high specification to make it last longer and has an anti-slip finish to reduce maintenance and make it safer for visitors.

The work, funded by a Paths for Communities grant managed by Natural England, was carried out by staff and volunteers from The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) and the National Trust.

The boardwalk measures 57 metres and winds through the wetland at the head of Carminowe Creek.

Tom David, practical projects officer for TCV, based in Tuckingmill near Camborne, said: “We all enjoyed the sense of achievement working on this project with the National Trust. It’s a popular walking and cycling route so hopefully the new boardwalk will be appreciated by visitors to Penrose.”

The overall Penrose project will create new routes, improve surfacing on existing routes and formally designate more than 12 kilometres of permissive routes as bridleways – improving access for walkers, cyclists, riders and mobility scooter users.

Work is expected to be completed by March and there are opportunities for volunteers every Thursday to help with various aspects of the project. More information is available from Laura Bailey at

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