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An interestingly varied walk of about 5.5km (3.5 miles) taking in all three of St Mary's Nature Trails and a substantial stretch of the south coast.

The Holy Vale Nature Trail is a delight, threading its way between to roots of ancient trees many of which are elms, a rarity on the mainland.

The Higher and Lower Moors Nature Trails are primarily of interest to bird watchers as they give access to various hides, but they are not without their moments even out of season.

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The route also passes the interesting Carreg Dhu communal gardens which are well worth a visit.

Refreshments are available in Old Town, but apart from that the route is very rural and remote from civilisation.

A couple of things to look out for:

On the south coast, there are some steel plates embedded in the rocks between Porth Minick and Church Point. These are from the wreck of the Admiralty auxiliary supply ship Brodfield which went ashore whilst in ballast from Le Havre to South Wales. Several attempts to refloat her were unsuccessful.

As well as the official sign for the Higher Moors Nature Trail, there is also a rather beautiful pair of carved wooden panels, whose shape seems to echo the back of the nearby 'Loaded Camel' rock formation.