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Start Point:  Trelissick Garden - National Trust

Distance:  4 miles

Duration:  1.5/2 hours

Grading:  Easy


From the car park, have a look at the estate map before walking past the cattle grid into the parkland, with the sea view in front of you.  Walk towards the water and you'll get to the beach.  Trelissick Mansion looks out to the English Channel, with ships taking shelter and re-fuelling, dinghy racing in the 'Carrick Roads' and ferries carrying visitors along the River Fal.

With the beach in front of you, turn to the left and you'll find a metal gate. Go through the gate and this will lead you to the Woodland Walk.

Eventually you'll pass a path down to the ferry pontoon on the right and a small building that leads to the garden (this entrance is open Easter to September and various dates in winter). Carefully cross the road to reach the Woodland Walk on the other side.

After a while you'll find a junction in the path. Go to the right, following signs and over the wooden bridge continuing on the path all the way to Roundwood Quay.

At Roundwood Quay re-trace your steps back to step 4 (see map).  Behind the current quay is a promontory fort from the Iron Age, now hiding within the woodland

The quay itself was once busy with vessels coming and going. Copper and tin were smelted nearby, with lime kilns built later.

When returning to step 4, go uphill and follow the zig-zag path through mixed woodland up to the road. Trelissick is managed today as much for its wildlife as it is for its historic interest and natural beauty.  Dead trees stand next to living ones, dramatically increasing the number of insects, animals and birds living in and around the estate, creating greater biodiversity.

Before crossing the road, ensure dogs are on leads and take extreme care when crossing to the gate on the opposite side by the Old Lodge. This tiny building was built to match the fashionable Neoclassical mansion at Trelissick. It was later replaced by New Lodge, a bit further up the road. Both are now holiday lets for those who want to stay longer. Once over the road, go straight on until you find a tarmac drive.

At the drive, go through the gate to the side of the cattle grid and follow the drive until you find yourself back at the car park where you began.

Public Transport Information

Travel Cornwall Bus 493 from Lemon Quay, Truro

Enterprise Boats (seasonal)

Nearest Toilets and Disabled Toilets

Trelissick Garden (National Trust)

Nearest Car Park

Parks with disabled provision

Trelissick Garden (National Trust)

£5 (free to members) - booking currently required

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Trelissick Gardens