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The Knavocks

OS grid ref:- SW 591434

The area of heathland known as the Knavocks , lies on Cornwall's Atlantic coast, and is situated half a mile from the village of Gwithian. The area is owned by the National Trust.

KnavocksThe Knavocks

The grassland and gorse scrub is crossed by several footpaths and is home to many species of butterflies and birds, notably nesting stonechats. The Knavocks, like other coastal heathlands in Cornwall, is managed by regularly cutting back the gorse and by grazing.

The area of high ground provides some superb views of the Cornish coastline. On a clear day, there are stunning views across the bay and up along the North Cornwall coast. To the west, St Ives and the beaches that arc around to Godrevy Point and Godrevy Island and Lighthouse. To the north east, the coastline at Chapel Porth Beach and St Agnes Beacon. To the east is the distinctive Basset Monument on Carn Brea.

The Knavocks, in Cornish: Kynyavos, meaning autumn dwelling, is home to wild ponies, which were introduced by the National Trust. In July and August the area around Navax Point is awash with pink heather and brilliant yellow gorse. Wildflowers abound in the grass and Atlantic seals can sometimes be seen, although elusive and preferring the rougher seas. All kinds of sea birds can be sighted. In summer porpoises have been seen from the point.

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