Trelissick countryside

Frosty winter's morning at Trelissick, Cornwall

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.

Parkland                                                                                                                         

The parkland is the gateway to the countryside at Trelissick. A popular place to walk the dog and enjoy unrivalled views of the Fal Estuary.
 
Despite the best efforts of the countryside team, winter takes its toll on the parkland. With heavy rains areas of high footfall become muddy and slippery so we recommend exploring other paths in the countryside such as the North Woodland Walk. This will help avoid muddy bottoms and sustained damage to the parkland. Maps in the car park have all the information you need to plan your route.

Winter walkies
Walking the dog at Trelissick in winter

Woodland walks

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.
 

Illustration of autumnal oak leaf by Sonia Hensler

Trelissick ranger blog 

Taking a closer look at Trelissick's incredible natural environment reveals many wonders and surprises. There is no one better acquainted or knowledgeable about these than the ranger team. Here they impart insight into conservation and the marvels of nature around Trelissick.