Kynsa ha Diwettha – Agan Tirwedh Bewa ha Gonis
First and Last – Our Living Working Landscape
Toggle menu
Gul Hynsi

Making Tracks

Making Tracks


Penwith Landscape Partnership


Surveying, restoring and promoting the Tinners' Way historical route across Penwith


The Tinners’ Way is home to over 20 prehistoric and early Christian sites along its full 18 mile (29km) route, that traces as closely as possible the ancient paths along which tin and copper were transported from the mineral rich area around St Just to sheltered anchorage at St Ives. The route was last ‘mapped’ in 1994 since when there have been several changes on the ground including new fencing and gates, and overgrown vegetation which reduces accessibility.

The aim of Gul Hynsi or Making Tracks is to preserve this historically important feature of the Penwith landscape by re-opening the ancient Tinners’ Way and to improve accessibility to the area of the Penwith landscape through which the route passes. 

To achieve this the full extent of the route will be surveyed and mapped; with proposals for improvements or amendments consulted and agreed with landowners and other stakeholders; and implemented where possible. The route will be promoted through local businesses, guided walks and the production of promotional materials which take into account the historic and prehistoric sites along the route; and the flora, fauna and geology of the landscape. Volunteers will be trained to help with the maintenance of the route.

If you would like to learn more about the historic Tinners' Way route, explore our interactive Story Map:

Tinners' Way Storymap: The Antiquity of the Trackway

(This Storymap is based on research and text by Craig Weatherhill, outlining by historical period the evidence as to the antiquity of the trackway.)

Overall, the project will create a means for a wider group of people to enjoy and better understand the landscape and heritage of the area. It is being delivered by Matt Watts, our Access Officer, with the help of local contractors to deliver practical works, and volunteers supervised by Richie, our Practical Tasks Officer.

 If you have any questions regarding the project please contact Matt by emailing 

To learn more about our trails and where they explore in Penwith, visit our Trails and Ancient Sites page

Photo gallery