Dennis Hill Obelisk – TP8849

County: Cornwall
Nearest Town(s): Padstow
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 45 minutes
Height: 55m
Map: OS Explorer Map (106) Newquay and Padstow*

This isn’t a trig pillar, but it is a trig point and it is a pillar. Also, the views from the top are fantastic (particularly when enjoyed at sunset with a glass of something fizzy). I have made the route start in the centre of Padstow, outside the Chough Bakery. If you are after a traditional Cornish pasty in Padstow, go to the Chough. But enough of the food and drink recommendations!

Dennis Hill Obelisk
The mighty obelisk at sunset – hows that for an impressive trig point?

Where to Park

There are plenty of car parks in Padstow (pay and display) but it can get really busy in the summer. There is a park and ride on the way into the town.

The Walk

Head east along the harbour wall and then keep the water on your left as you head along Riverside, passing two car parks and the Rick Stein metropolis.

View of Cornish Coastline near Padstow from Dennis Hill Obelisk

Pass the National Lobster Hatchery (for now – you should definitely go back and visit the lobsters and support the work that they do there!) and continue on to the Camel Trail.

This trail can get quite busy with bikes so take care, particularly if you are walking with a furry friend. Continue along the trail, enjoying views over the estuary, until you reach a bridge separating a pond on your right from the river.

Sheep grazing with cornish coastline in background

Take the track down next to the pond (before you cross the bridge) and walk next to the pond until you reach Dennis Lane. Turn left and head uphill. Look out for signs for the Saints Way which will point you up a track on the left.

Follow the track as it curves to the right and passes between the reception building and the shower block for the Dennis Farm Campsite. Go through the gate into the field. There are usually sheep in this field so furry companions need to be on a lead at this point!

Sheep in a field with coastline in background

Climb the hill, keeping near to the hedge on the right of the field. You will come to a gate which will take you onto a narrow path with high hedges on either side. Go down this, passing the shelter and you will come to the obelisk. It’s massive, I’m not going to tell you where to find it.

The View

The view is my favourite. There are quite big tides in this part of the country so the landscape is always changing. The views over Little Petherick Creek and over the farmland are also lovely.

A beverage and a view of the sea
A beverage and a view of the Cornish Coast… the best way to spend an evening.

I stay at Dennis Farm Campsite every year and the short trek up the hill is my usual after-dinner excursion (working off the pasties/ice cream/cider). As I mentioned earlier, taking a bottle of prosecco up with you and watching the sun set is also a perfectly valid way to enjoy it!

The Route

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