The wider estate at Trelissick has over 300 acres of diverse countryside – you can take in the maritime views, stroll through panoramic parkland or venture out into secluded oak woodlands with a canine companion.
With the estate surrounded on three sides by the River Fal, it commands an impressive position looking down Carrick Roads to Falmouth. Wherever you choose to explore, the culture and wildlife of the river is never far away.
The rangers know this space intimately and write regular blog posts about their conservation work across the countryside. To get clued up visit the blog page.
For little explorers there’s a 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ countryside trail for you to pick up from the information point in the car park.
During the summer you might spot some cows or sheep in this area, grazing beneath ancient and stately trees. The grass hums with the sound of millions of insects, with bees and butterflies enjoying the explosion of wildflowers. It’s easy to miss these tiny creatures with views this grand, but looking and listening closely reveals some true wonders of the natural world.
At high tide this is the perfect spot to have a paddle and take in the incredible surroundings. Looking downriver the water at your feet stretches miles to the town of Falmouth past picturesque harbours and wooded banks. With our countryside managed to reduce soil and nutrient run off, both paddlers and wildlife enjoy a high level of water quality.
Trelissick is known as much for its wildlife as it is for its history and natural beauty. In the woodland, dead trees stand amongst the living and are home to a number of insects, animals and birds living in and around the estate.
Two picturesque paths (north and south woodland walks) thread their way through the trees and both are suitable for families, ramblers, joggers and dogs. From these trails, glimpse the curves and contours of the river through the leaves of twisted oaks that grow right down to the water's edge.
Roundwood and Tregew
Follow the north woodland walk over the timber bridge, to Roundwood and Tregew, and travel back through thousands of years of Cornish history to the very impressive Iron Age promontory fort and eighteenth century quay. The fort is the only one of its kind in Europe and its well defined ditches and embankments are still clearly visible.
Tregew, like the rest of the farmed estate, is managed specifically for its wildlife. It is a haven for once common, but now rare species such as harvest mice, skylarks, barn owls and a huge number of grassland insects. These paths and fields overlook Cowlands Creek, traditionally associated with oyster fisherman and the lovely Kea plum orchards.