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Twisting oak branches covered in autumnal leaves frame the view of a calm, broad estuary with boats anchored
Looking through the oak trees towards Roundwood Quay, Trelissick | © National Trust Images/Hilary Daniel

Trelissick to Roundwood Quay secluded stroll

Walk through historic parkland, along an oak-fringed creek and over a timber bridge to reach the Iron Age promontory fort and 18th-century quay at Roundwood. You'll find wonderful views of the River Fal, a historic landscape and plenty of wildlife to spot.


This route crosses a road. Please be cautious and check for traffic before crossing.

Total steps: 9

Total steps: 9

Start point

Trelissick National Trust car park, grid ref: SW835396

Step 1

Walk out into the parkland from the car park. Follow the drive to the right, pass through the gate and into Lodge Plantation, following the woodland walk signs to the Old Lodge.

Step 2

Cross the road and follow the zigzag path down through Namphillows Wood, replanted during the storm in 1990.

Step 3

At the end of the path, turn left and cross over the small stream below the ponds. Go right and over the timber bridge.

Step 4

At this point you can make a detour into the beautiful flower- and wildlife-rich meadows at Tregew, or carry on to Roundwood Fort.

Step 5

Follow the path through Lambsclose Plantation, and along the edge of Lamouth Creek. Look out for egrets, shelduck and kingfishers.

Step 6

Pause to have a look around Roundwood Fort, a great example of an Iron Age promontory fort.

A child stands in the earth ditch of an Iron Age fort, which has green moss and ivy covering its banks
Exploring one of the ditches that form Roundwood Fort | © National Trust Images/Solent News & Photography Agency

Step 7

Walk through the fort and down the steps onto Roundwood Quay.

Three visitors sit on the edge of a stone quay, looking up the tree-lined river where three boats lie at anchor
Take a moment at the quay to watch the boats go by | © National Trust Images/Solent News & Photography Agency

Step 8

On the north end of the quay there is a track, originally for packhorses. Follow this for 300yd (275m) until you reach a gateway on the left marked by an old hollow sycamore tree and a single granite post.

Step 9

Go into the meadow and turn left back down to the Lamouth Creek path, turn right and retrace your steps. For a longer walk, turn left after the wooden bridge (marked 4 on the map) and carry on along the creekside back to Trelissick along the South Woodland walk.

End point

Trelissick National Trust car park, grid ref: SW835396

Trail map

Ordnance Survey Map of the Trelissick to Roundwood Quay secluded stroll
Map of the Trelissick to Roundwood Quay secluded stroll | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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