Plantations and parkland

Walking trail

This 1.5 mile ramble takes you through one of the tree plantations at Penrose and then rejoins the parkland. Find out about the history of Penrose and enjoy some of the local wildlife on route.

The beautiful parkland at Penrose


The trail map to accompany Plantations and parklands trail at Penrose


The elevations to go with Plantations and parkland trail at Penrose


Penrose Hill car park


Start in the Penrose Hill National Trust car park. Take the path at the lower end, crossing over the drive and folloeing the footpath through the trees. At the next track, turn right, and follow the fenced driveway as it curves round to the left, ignoring the private road to Penrose House.


Continue down the drive until you reach a metal kissing-gate on the left. Go through his and down to the Victorian bath house above the stream. In the Middle Ages, the Penrose manor mill stood on this spot, surrounded by orchards, willows and a hop garden.

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The Victorian bath house at Penrose


Cross the footbridge and climb the meadow towards the small gate into the woods. During the late eighteenth century these upper slopes were a small enclosed deer park, with 51 deer brought from Pencarrow. Enter the woods and follow the path up through the trees and round to the right.


Continue along the woodland path through Park Plantation, with views through the trees down to the Parkland. In the spring months this part of the woodlands comes alive with the colour of spring flowers particularly bluebells. This part of the wood has been planted in the last 25 to 30 years. Eventually the path descends through Sycamore Grove to emerge onto the drive, just west of Helston Lodge.

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Bluebells come out in the spring months at Penrose by the hundreds


Turn right and follow the driveway back into the Parkland, with views across to Penrose House. The house is still home to the Rogers family, who gave the estate to the National Trust in 1974, the largest single gift to the Trust in Cornwall.


At the junction, if you want to make a short detour to the Stables cafe (open at weekends and through all school holidays) and the walled garden, turn left; otherwise keep straight on, soon crossing over the bridge, built in 1846 as part of the landscaping of the park. Continue past the kissing-gate which you went through earlier and retrace your steps up the slope and all the way back to the car park.

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An owl sits in the trees at the Penrose plantation


Penrose Hill car park

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Traffic-free, gentle sloping driveways and moderate climbs up over the fiels and along unever, woodland paths which may be muddy in winter. Stout footwear is advisable. 

Plantations and parkland

Contact us

If you'd like more information about this walk please contact the Penrose Rangers on 01326 558423 and we'll do what we can to answer your questions. 

For information about the cafe please call the Stables cafe on 01326 562353.

Plantations and parkland

How to get here

Penrose Hill car park, Penrose, Helston Cornwall TR13 0RD
By train

Reduth train station 10 miles from Helston

By road

A394 from Penzance, Falmouth or Truro to Helston; or B3297 from Redruth to Helston; then B3304 to Porthleven. Take the first turning left  (signposted Penrose Hill car park and Loe Bar) on sharp bend, ignoring the first entrance on the gate marked Private. Take the next left into the signposted car park. 

By foot

There are entrances to Penrose along the South West Coast Path either at Highburrow, Bar Lodge or Loe Bar.  From Helston you can enter Penrose from the ammenity area car park, from Porthleven take the SWCP along Loe Bar road. 

By bus

Fist in Devon and Cornwall bus from Redruth, Penzance, Falmouth and Trust then bus from Helston to Porthleven, getting off at the Penrose Hill stop. For more information contact Traveline on 08712002233 or visit

Plantations and parkland

Facilities and access

  • Dogs welcome
  • Stables Cafe open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and every day of the school holidays
  • Public toilets available at the Stables
  • Tramper hire available for routes through parkland