Trelissick to Roundwood Quay

Walking trail

Trelissick sits on its own peninsula with water on three sides. This walk follows the River Fal and offers varying views to narrow creeks and wide expanses of water.

The route also goes inland to woodlands and grazed farmland. Roundwood Quay has echoes of its defensive and industrial past in earthworks and ruins remaining today.

Family walks though Trelissick parkland with dogs


Map route for Trelissick to Roundwood Quay walk


Trelissick car park, grid ref: SW835396


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.

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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.


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.

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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.

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At Roundwood Quay re-trace your steps back to step 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.


When returning to step 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.


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 Neoclassical 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.


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.


Trelissick car park, grid ref: SW835396

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Trelissick to Roundwood Quay


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.

Trelissick to Roundwood Quay

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Trelissick to Roundwood Quay

How to get here

Trelissick Garden, Feock, Truro, Cornwall, TR3 6QL
By train

Truro Train station 5 miles (9km); Perranwell station 4 miles (6.5km).

By road

Follow the A39 from Falmouth or Truro; then onto the B3289 at Playing Place and follow brown sign posts or signs to the King Harry Ferry.

Parking: Car parking on site £4 or free to members.

Sat-Nav: Put in our Trelissick postcode TR3 6QL.

By ferry

From Falmouth, Truro and St Mawes: visit Fal River for details of ferries and routes. Steep uphill walk from ferry pontoon.

By bus

Nnumber 493 from Truro, Lemon Quay to Feock via Trelissick Garden Travel Cornwall Bus Routes

By bicycle

National Cycle Network routes available.

Trelissick to Roundwood Quay

Facilities and access

  • Refreshments at kiosk in car park and restaurant in main visitor area
  • Toilets in car park
  • Cycle racks
  • Dogs are welcome under close control and on leads near livestock