The Best Walks Near Truro

Published: 2021-05-22 / Author: Merchant House

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Nothing is better than a holiday in Cornwall. After all, where else in the UK can you enjoy such a wide variety of landscapes? From brooding moors to Caribbean-esque beaches to ancient woodland with an orchestral accompaniment of creaking oaks and chirruping birds, Cornwall really has it all.

Fortunately, with our central location in Truro, the county’s tapestry of countryside scenes and coastal escapes are in easy reach. With some amazing walks and hidden gems just a stone’s throw from Merchant House Hotel, we have put together a must-see list so you can enjoy the best walks near Truro:

Truro Walks

St Clement and Malpas Circular Walk

This 4-mile circular route leads you out of the city and through sprawling fields, taking you past St Clement Church with its 5th Century standing stone and one of Cornwall’s many Holy Wells. Looping back round following the curve of the Tresillian River, you will wend your way back to the city ready for a bite to eat in one of its many eateries.

Truro and the Old Newham Railway

Officially starting by the Garras Wharf car park, you can pick up this walk anywhere along its circular route. Following the river to the Newham quays before joining up with the old Newham railway line and then cutting through Truro centre, this 4.5-mile route is a great one for uncovering the secrets of the city.

Victoria Gardens

A haven in the heart of the city, Victoria Gardens are just over half a mile from us here at Merchant House Hotel. A real delight for a leisurely stroll, the suntrap, south-facing gardens were originally created to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. Filled with exotics trees, plants and water features, there is plenty to pique your interest.

Woodland Walks

Idless Woods

Only 2.5 miles from Merchant House Hotel, Idless Woods offer a doorway into a world shrouded in green. Home to a diverse range of wildlife that can be glimpsed from one of the many walking trails through the dog-friendly woods, this will call to both two and four-legged walkers alike.

Kennall Vale

Kennall Vale is a picturesque area of woodland. Once home to the Kennel Vale gunpowder factory (which made explosives for Cornish mines), this secluded 8-hectare pocket is now a popular spot for both humans and wildlife, including beautiful pipistrelle bats. As you walk, keep a look out for the mossy remains of the old factory too, slowly being reclaimed by nature.

Ladock Woods and the Holy Well

Leading you through St Enoder Wood and Ladock Wood, you can enjoy another lovely woodland walk near Truro. Covering 5-miles, you will journey over moderate terrain, enjoying the evocative crunch of leaves underfoot in autumn and an explosion of colour in spring.

Creeks and Riverside Walks

Feock to Devoran

Whether you choose to complete the circular walk or stick to the same route along the river, the Feock to Devoran walk is definitely recommended during your stay in Truro. Tracing Restronguet Creek and Carnon River, you will have the opportunity to spy plenty of beautiful birdlife by the water.

Coombe and Old Kea

A 4-mile walk starting at Coombe beach, this hike is great for its beautiful creeks. Following Cowlands creek, the route cuts inland for a while before following the flow of the Truro river as it converges with the Fal. Look out for the gorgeous views as you go, as well as the remains of the medieval church tower of Old Kea.

Garden Walks

Trelissick Estate

Just 4 miles from Merchant House Hotel, Trelissick Estate sits on its own peninsula and encompasses a vast 375-acres of parkland and woodland. With dog-friendly woodland walks and a 40-acre garden showing off a year-round display of blossoms and blooms, this is a truly superb setting for a wander.

Trewithen Gardens

An historic estate known for its magnificent collection of camellias, rhododendrons and magnolias, Trewithen Gardens are especially beautiful in spring. Also home to woodland walks, you can drift around the estate following the myriad paths and enjoy the heady scent of floral perfumes.

Beach Walks


With mile after mile of golden sand, the dog-friendly Perranporth beach on Cornwall’s north coast is a must for hazy days in the sunshine or afternoons following the shore. One of the largest beaches in Cornwall and home to the UK’s only beach bar (the Watering Hole), Perranporth beach has to be on your list of top places to walk near Truro.

Pendower Beach

Located on the idyllic Roseland, Pendower Beach is a popular south-facing beach. Covered in soft sand and blanketed by turquoise waters, this is a lovely spot for a stroll and a picnic. To make your journey to the Roseland more fun, you can take the King Harry Ferry from Feock to St Mawes.

Gyllyngvase Beach

Another lovely walk near Truro takes you along the waterfront by Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth. With a long coastal promenade that starts from near Pendennis Point and runs above the beach before connecting with the coast path towards Maenporth, you can walk for as long as you please taking in the beautiful scenery.  

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Customer Reviews


Great hotel, really friendly and helpful staff giving a warm welcome. Superb quiet and comfortable room with spotlessly clean ensuite bathroom.

Easy free parking and good quality Wi-Fi. Continental breakfast was very good, fresh fruit and a good cereal selection. Excellent coffee!

Many thanks.

Simon M - UK

Lovely room and super friendly staff, pleasent location with only a short walk down hill to the town.

Spotlessly clean and good Covid measures in place. Tea coffee supplied as you need it and towels available on the landing as required if you need more than supplied in the room.

Highly recommended.

222gavinr- UK
Very comfortable stay

My wife and I stayed one night in this hotel while touring in Cornwall. It could not have been a better choice for us. The staff were very welcoming and helpful, and the room had a huge king size bed (wider than length) in a very comfortable room. Despite being on a main arterial road into Truro centre, it was very quiet at night and we could sleep with the window open. 10min walk into the town centre that has a wide range of restaurants, shops and facilities, although it seemed like a 20min walk back up the hill to the hotel! Good range of food for breakfast too. No dining facilities otherwise, but the hotel supports guests ordering take-aways if wanted.

barrystuart2017 - Bedford, UK
Truly an old fashioned customer based warm welcome

From the point of walking in the door the welcome was truly felt, nothing was to much trouble. Our dog was met with the same greeting and even had his very own welcome pack, there is a pet friendly walking area, a dog shower and towels to dry your pooch.

As for us humans, we were able to bring in and eat our takeaway in the dining area, hotel plates and cutlery was provided. The bed was amazingly comfortable, the shower room was spotless, all in all I would highly recommend this hotel and will definitely stay again if I'm down this way again.

V8820MTkathyc - Clayton, UK
Gem of a place

We arrived with our Cockerpoo Parker to a very friendly welcome. Our room was clean and to a high standard although compact.One nice touch was they provided a fan as the weather was warm. Everything you wished for appeared to be catered for. We were amazed at all the lovely touches and facilities there were for dogs. You could even order take aways and eat in the lounge if you wished although Truro offers quite a few doggy friendly places to eat. There was also a bar. Breakfast was delicious too. We’d definitely be back we loved our stay thank you.

Alijon1 - Benfleet, UK
Friendly and welcoming

I really enjoyed my stay at the Merchant House. The single room was clean and big enough. We stayed four nights and the system put in place during the pandemic, made me feel comfortable and well looked after.

Staff were welcoming, friendly and very helpful. They wore masks when serving breakfast and had a great system in place for social distancing. Facilities were great. A fridge downstairs and a packed breakfast if you're leaving really early, was a great idea.

I will be going back, it's lovely and comfortable. A great base for when you're travelling all over Cornwall.

Caroline B - London, UK

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