Trelissick to Roundwood Quay walk

Feock, near Truro, Cornwall TR3 6QL

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Look for the fish out of water to find out more about the estate © National Trust/ Jon O'Donoghue

Look for the fish out of water to find out more about the estate

This ferry crossing was voted one of the most beautiful in the world © King Harry Ferry/ Toby Budd

This ferry crossing was voted one of the most beautiful in the world

The exposed mud provides plenty of meal opportunities for wading birds © www.northeastwildlife.co.uk

The exposed mud provides plenty of meal opportunities for wading birds

Route overview

Trelissick sits on its own peninsula with water on three sides. The walk follows the River Fal and offers varying views to narrow creeks and wide expanses of water. It also goes inland to woodlands and grazed farmland. Roundwood Quay has echoes of its defensive and industrial past in earthworks and ruins remaining today.

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Route of the Trelissick to Roundwood Quay walk map in Cornwall
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Start: Trelissick Garden car park, grid ref: SW836397

  1. 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. Although the boats have changed, the activity hasn't. 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.

  2. With the beach in front of you, turn to the left and you'll find a metal gate. Go though the gate and this will lead you to the woodland walk.

    Show/HideBench sculptures

    Two benches at Trelissick - you'll find them during section 2 of the walk - provide seating but also tell stories about residents of the estate. Look out for a long-horn beetle near the entrance to the park and a mackerel out of water by the beach.

    Look for the fish out of water to find out more about the estate © National Trust/ Jon O'Donoghue
  3. 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.

    Show/HideKing Harry Ferry

    Voted one of the most beautiful ferry crossings in the world, this chain-driven vessel carries 300,000 cars a year to the Roseland Peninsula, avoiding a 27 mile (43.5km) road trip. This is an historic crossing point dating back hundreds of years.

    This ferry crossing was voted one of the most beautiful in the world © King Harry Ferry/ Toby Budd
  4. After a while you'll find a junction in the path. Go to the right, following signs and the path all the way to Roundwood Quay.

    Show/HideRich pickings

    Particularly during section 4 of the walk, look out for oystercatchers (pictured), curlews, lapwings, fieldfares and kestrels. They're among the many birds that come to the woodlands and foreshore at Trelissick. The mud exposed at low tide gives rich pickings for wading birds.

    The exposed mud provides plenty of meal opportunities for wading birds © www.northeastwildlife.co.uk
  5. At Roundwood Quay re-trace your steps back to direction 4. 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.

  6. When returning to direction 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.

  7. 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 Neo-classical 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.

  8. 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.

End: Trelissick Garden car park, grid ref: SW836397

  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Distance: 4 miles (6.4km)
  • Time: 1 hour 20 minutes to 2 hours
  • OS Map: Landranger 204; Explorer 105
  • Terrain:

    Footpaths and gravel pathways through woodland. Fairly easy terrain, with one short, steep climb at the end. Dogs are welcome on this walk and in the outdoor-seating area of Trelissick café. Please keep dogs on leads if livestock present. Dog bins halfway around and at the beginning/end.

  • How to get here:

    By bike: National Cycle Network Route 3 passes Trelissick Garden

    By bus: Service 493 Summercourt Travel, Truro to Feock/Trelissick Garden

    By train: Truro 5 miles (8km); Perranwell 4 miles (6.4km)

    By car: 4 miles (6.4km) south of Truro on B3289, above King Harry Ferry

    By ferry: Ferries from Falmouth, Truro and St Mawes, Easter to end of Sep

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