The Minack Chronicles

Derek & Jeannie Tangye

'The Way to Minack'

We include this section because so many people have expressed their desire to see Minack and Oliver land but for various reasons are unable to do so. For that reason we reproduce them here. 
Derek would not necessarily approve of such as he felt that by reading the books people will either travel to Minack in their mind or find it for themselves.

When visiting please treat Oliver land with due care especially remembering the country code. It is a special place for wildlife and we do not have a right to be there only ‘permission’. Please leave nothing behind and take nothing away with you.

Oliver land consists of 18 acres to the east of Minack, the latter is owned by the Tregothan Estate. It was once part of Rosemodress farm until the Derek and Jeannie Tangye purchased it in 1979.  

The maps depict the fields outline and show the progress of the coastal path, part of which Derek himself created.

The first map is an OS Map dated 1908, (above) in which the coloured green lines show pathways and tracks. These only crossed over Minack, what is now Oliver land and Pentewan Cliff meadows.

In 1964 (middle) these paths have extended and now join with the permissive path.  The Pentewan path is not shown but the one from Minack now joins up with it.

Now  in 1995, the coastal path is truly established crossing both Minack and Oliver land, as it will become.

Below we show two further maps, the first is Natural England , whilst Oliver land was part of a Higher Level Stewardship scheme with both Minack and Rosemodress farms.

The last is the current map and onto this we have added just some of the places mentioned in the books.

Natural England

This map is shown courtesy of Natural England as this shows the Higher  Level Stewardship Scheme for Oliver Land which has been designated with public access until 2020. 

Please note that access to Minack is not part of this as it is private property thus no-one should either use the untarmaced road leading from the B3315  nor attempt to use the gated entrance/exit to Dorminack found at the end of the untarmaced road. 

Access to Oliver land is only via a kissing gate off the South West Costal Path, either via Lamorna Cove or the permissive path from Well Lane in Lamorna Cove. There is a car park at Lamorna Cove. However, there are no parking facilities in Well Lane, so you would need to park in the Cove.

Note that whilst we include the map here it is for historial purposes and visual identification of Oliver land. It is however no longer under the scheme.

We have now included a special page for  Cornwall Wildlife Trust.

Map of Oliver land with footpath access point.