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:
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.