Walking the woodland route at Trelisick

Walking the woodland route at Trelisick

P1100951Every week GD and I aim to explore at least one National Trust site or a place of natural beauty in our surrounding area in Cornwall. Today we chose ‘ The Woodland Walk’ at Trelissick,  Trelissick is known not only for its history but for its abundant wildlife and natural beauty.
Walking down the hill to the little beach on Channels Creek away from the house and the car park area we were greeted by the most amazing view, the grass was still covered with frost, glistening white blades of grass laid out like a blanket under our feet. As we sat in this still and fairy like place we spied across the water a myriad of bird life, on these tidal mud-flats among many other species, were beautiful swans enjoying the morning sun that just beginning to peep weakly through the morning cloud and mist.P1100954

We sat looking downriver feeling like we were in a world apart, watching the sails of the smaller boats dart across the estuary and the larger ships their huge bulk silhouetted, out on the water, as it stretches down to Falmouth.
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Along the shore here is a carved wooden whale
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The gate to the walk is situated just to the left of the whale and winds it way alongside the banks of the River Fal, a circular walk of approximately 2.5 miles. GD and I not being familiar with the landscape walked the first half of the route which leads up to the King Harry ferry, affording us magnificent views on this beautiful morning.

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the woodland is home to a number of insects, animals and birds living in and around the estate.

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The King Harry Ferry is one of only five chain ferries in England and was established in 1888 connecting the Roseland Peninsula with the Truro area. The alternative route is 27 miles by road through Truro and Tresillian. The ferry carries more than 300,000 cars a year. It has been calculated this saves three quarters of a million litres of fuel and 1700 tonnes of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere every year.

There was a little building and wooden gate to the left of us here that led to the garden entrance which is open Easter to September and some dates in winter, but was not open today.
If we were to continue on the circular walk we would cross the road here and pick the walk up on the other side which we are planning on doing another day.
The walk is relatively flat not too muddy and plenty of benches to sit on and take in the view and the natural surroundings, there were plenty of dog walkers and he odd jogger too to say good morning to as we took a slow walk back.
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The only steepish bit was the hill on the way down and up but even my gammy leg made the accent.

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I love these old guardian trees
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The house and the solarium

I like that there are odd structures such as the boat house and the ping pong table the little areas with picnic benches doted around the estate.

 

Back up near the house entrance which opens Sunday the 19th we found a courtyard cafe being enjoyed by many and a delightful little secondhand bookshop and a gift shop.

 

 

Here is a map of the walk we did today
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