St. Winwaloe, Tremaine
A place of simplicity and peace set amongst fields and trees and possessing a special atmosphere of quietness and with a true sense of a “thin place “ where the life of the spirit can seem truly close at hand.
One of the smallest and simplest churches in Cornwall, St. Winwaloe's originated in the 12th century when it was a chapel associated with Launceston Priory. It consists of a chancel and nave and a tower which was added in the 16th century when it gained the right to bury the dead. It sits in the countryside amongst ancient trees with a wildflower rich churchyard which has an approach in one direction over a coffen stile (from the Cornish word meaning “hole in the ground”). Lovely views across the countryside towards Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor.
The church is normally kept open.
Tremaine, Launceston, Cornwall, PL15 8SA, United Kingdom
Grid reference: SX 234 891 OS Explorer Map 111
By car: From Launceston off the A30 take the B3254 towards Bude, opposite at St Stephen’s church tower take the minor road on the left signposted to Egloskerry and Hallworthy; after passing through Egloskerry take the third right turning signposted to Tremaine, then the next left and at next T junction turn left where the church will be found a little way along on the left. Limited parking by the church gate. (Total distance from Launceston approx. 5 miles.)
By public transport: No public transport readily available beyond Launceston.
There are no mains electricity, water or gas services at St Winwaloe which also does not have toilet facilities. There is a sloping path at the entrance gate from the car park and a narrow door into the church which may limit easy access by wheelchair.
At nearby Three Hammers, Tresmeer, there is a community shop in the village hall car park which sells a wide range of goods including fresh food and local produce.
Many places locally provide accommodation including at Egloskerry and North Petherwin in addition to those in Launceston.
Lower Chipmans Barn
Tel: 01566 785556