Wherever you choose to explore, the culture and wildlife of the river is never far away, with the estate surrounded on three sides by the River Fal and commanding an impressive position looking down the Carrick Roads to Falmouth, one of the world’s great natural harbours.
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The parkland is the gateway to the countryside at Trelissick. It's the perfect place to let your dog run free, have a picnic or just sit and enjoy unrivalled views of the Fal Estuary.
Each season offers something new. You might spot some cows or sheep in this area, grazing beneath ancient and stately trees; or catch a gigantic ship, being towed downriver by a tug, or marvel at a carpet of Buttercups and soft brown Sweet Vernal grass in the spring time.
At the bottom of the park, sweeping grass gives way to pebbles, sand and seaweed at the beach. Keep a look out for birds on the river, and why not have a go at skimming stones or go looking under rocks to discover the creepy crawlies that live here by the sea.
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.
During the winter months, keep an eye out for our ranger team, carrying out the sustainable forestry work that creates woodland produce and habitat for wildlife.
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.
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