Tehidy Woods, near Pool
Tehidy Woods is a popular spot for walking in West Cornwall. Tehidy Country Park is the former
grounds of a stately home that belonged to the Basset family. Today, there are nine miles of
paths that take you through mixed woodland, around the lake, and alongside streams.
There are two main car parks at Tehidy, known as North Cliffs and South Lodge. The latter has
the loos and cafe, so is the most popular among families. There are trails suitable for cyclists,
dog walkers, prams and wheelchairs and even horses: check out the council’s website before
If you want to see a different side to the woods, come here at night for one of Rogue Theatre’s
Cardinham Woods, Bodmin
Cardinham Woods outside Bodmin has everything you could want from a woodland walk: a
choice of paths,majestic trees, outstanding views, diverse wildlife, the chance to spot woodland
You can choose between flat routes such as the Lady Vale walk and steeper paths. There are
also paths for cyclists, including off-road adventures for mountain bikers. For little ones, check
out the programme of special trails (most recently, Superworm).
There are great facilities, including a car park, a play area and loos. Pop into the cafe or bring
your own food to enjoy at a picnic area. You can hire a mobility scooter (enquire in advance)
which is perfect for the flatter paths.
Coosebean Woodland Enchanted Trail, Truro
If you want to encourage your little ones to join you for a walk, the Coosebean Woodland
Enchanted Nature trail will have them scrambling for their wellies.
This fairytale walk is one of Truro’s hidden gems. The mile-long route meanders through
enchanting woodlands, and features lots of magical surprises along the way, such as fairies,
trolls and talking trees. Look out for tiny houses and secret messages from the wee folk…
The path takes you along the River Kenwyn, and it can get muddy in wet weather. Finish with a
picnic in Victoria Gardens.
Golitha Falls, Liskeard
Escape the crowds and breathe in the fresh, green scents at Golitha Falls. The River Fowey flows
through the steep-sided gorge, creating a series of waterfalls as it travels. The ancient
woodlands were mentioned in the Domesday Book, and they’re home to shy wild creatures
such as otters.
For an easy stroll, follow the path along the river. If you’re feeling more adventurous, follow the
path until its end then head up the hill to explore the woods further. Come here in the spring
when the bluebells are out; however, it’s best to put this riverside walk on hold if there’s been
Pendarvis Woodland, Camborne
Pendarvis Wood is a 40-acre nature reserve near Camborne, managed by Cornwall Wildlife
Trust. It’s the site of several conservation projects, and look out for the bat boxes while you
explore the lovely mixed woodland. It’s definitely a locals’ secret, and a good place to escape
There’s a lake in the middle of the woods, fed by appealing little streams. Some areas are
marshy, so the paths can get muddy in wet weather. Come in the late spring when the woods
are carpeted with bluebells, or head here for some welcome shade in July or August. There’s a
bit of parking at the reserve, and your four-pawed companion is welcome to join you (under
Kings Wood, near St Austell
A stroll through the woods to the coast - bliss. Kings Wood is a mixed woodland outside St
Austell. It’s on the Pentewan Trail, which is good news for walkers and cyclists, as there’s an
excellent path through the trees.
It’s home to a great variety of flora and fauna, and the abundance of wild flowers makes it an
especially pretty place to walk in the spring and summer. Combining fresh sea air with heady
woodland scents, a walk through Kings Wood is definitely a treat for the senses.
Fancy cycling the Pentewan Trail while you’re here? Pentewan Valley Cycle Hire will sort you out
with some wheels.
Steeple Woodland Nature Reserve, St Ives
Leave the bustle of St Ives and head up to Steeple Woods. This walk takes you through the
woods up to Knill's Monument above the town. It’s a steep climb, but it’s worth it for the
incredible views over the Atlantic and St Ives Bay.
If you’re in St Ives, walk along the coast path to Carbis Bay (it’s about a mile), then pick up the
path to the woods from Steeple Lane, next to the Cornish Arms pub. The walk through the
woods is lovely at all times of year, and that view is definitely a reward for the steeper sections
If you’re not finished with exploring the woods around Carbis Bay, some of the grounds of
Tregenna Castle Hotel are open to the public. In contrast to the native woodland in Steeple,
these paths will take you through lush, sub-tropical planting.
It was hard to narrow it down to just seven woodland walks! If you have your National Trust
card with you, there are lots of wooded gardens to explore, including the sweeping parkland at
Lanhydrock near Bodmin.
Does this sound like a lovely way to spend a holiday? Get in touch with us at The Cornwall,
where we’re just a stroll away from Kings Wood, and also have our own beautiful woodlands in