Trevose Headland just west of the town of Padstow is the setting for this Lighthouse. It was designed in the mid-19th century to bridge the gap in ship guidance in the Bristol Channel between the Longships lighthouse near Land’s End and Lundy off the coast of North Devon.
The lighthouse is situated on the north west extremity of the head, with gigantic cliffs of grey granite rising sheer from the sea to a height of 150 feet or more. Trevose’s 'keepers' cottages are now holiday lets, offering visitors a unique place to stay, with stunning views and a real understanding of being exposed to the elements.
The tower is 27 metres tall and has a range of 20 nautical miles, but on a clear night, you can just spot the light from Pendeen Lighthouse, over 35 miles away. Originally, Trevose shore station sported two fixed lights. one high and one low. However, the lower light was withdrawn in 1882.
Designed by engineer James Walker the two original lights were constructed under the supervision of Henry Norris, by builders from Falmouth. Despite the proliferation of sea mist and fog in this area, it was not until 1913 that a fog horn was added to the station. The lighthouse was automated and became unmanned in 1995