Hidden Illogan Woods Rope Swing
We went down to the woods today. The entrance to Illogan woods can be found down by the old school house next to Illogan school, if you follow the path all the way down it will lead down to Portreath coming out just up the road from the beach. You will need to take the left path that runs alongside the back of the primary school, the path straight ahead leads to a campsite. For a few hundred yards at the beginning of the walk although it looks like a walking path we have been surprised on occasion to find the odd car make its way down, so do be careful to keep dogs and kids close by until you reach the woods proper. After a short distance you will find to the left one of two old parsonage wells belonging to Aviary Cott (court) built in the 19th Century with its water pump at the top of a few steps, the boys liked this,
and a gate way bearing to the right,
pic below: old black and white photograph of the gateway to Illogan or (Feadon) Woods
pic ref: www.illoganparishcouncil.gov.uk/illogan-village-trail/
take this path and you will see a pond on the right, the water from the pond was used to feed a leat ( an open watercourse conducting water to a mill ) to drive a water wheel, and through a system of rods and chains, a threshing machine in a barn at Nance. This was still in position in 1960. Further on there are open fields to the right which can just be made out through a steep bank of trees, with steep deep woodland to the left. The stream running through the woodland makes fine play for kids and dogs alike.
Willow thinks she is one of the boys, “I can help move this branch ” she says.
About half way through the wood along the path lies the best rope swing ever according to the boys.
dad wants a go first, just to make sure it’s safe of course!
The game is to see who can swing high enough to touch the branch limb
Max swings high enough to touch the branch
younger brother enjoys a gentler swing
Willow sits this one out and digs a hole instead
After a lovely morning in the woods it’s time to go home
Muddy paws, sign of a good time.