Truro Walks - City and River
Truro is notable as Cornwall's only city and mainland Britain's southernmost city. It is well known for its Gothic-revival cathedral and some wonderful Georgian architecture. There's also some nice walks to be found with a local nature reserve, some nearby woods and easy riverside trails to enjoy.
This walk takes you from the city centre, along the Truro River to nearby Malpas, visiting Boscawen park on the way.
The walk starts from the 19th century cathedral and heads south along a footpath running along the river and the Malpas Road. Follow the paths south and they will take you to Boscawen Park. This pretty riverside park has some nice trails, wide lawns, formal floral bedding displays and good views back down the river to Truro. There's also some tennis courts and a cafe if you wish to stop for some refreshments. On the other side of the park there's Trennick Mill where you'll find a picturesque duck pond which is laid out to shrub and herbaceous borders and maintained with wildlife in mind.
After exploring the park you can continue further south along the river to the village of Malpas. This riverside village sits in a pleasant spot at the confluence of the Truro River and the Tresillian River. There is a pub here where you could stop for a drink before retracing your steps to Truro. On the route look out for a variety of birds, particularly around the estuary at Malpas. You can see Egrets, Curlews, Ospreys and Grey Heron in this area.
Truro Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Truro Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Truro OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Truro Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Walks near Truro
- Roseland Peninsula - Explore the beautiful Roseland Peninsula on this 10 mile walk on the Cornish coast
- Trelissick House and Gardens - Explore the beautiful 300-acre estate of this National Trust run country house in Cornwall.
- Idless Woods - Enjoy miles of woodland walking and cycling trails in this beautiful area of mixed woodland near Truro
- Kennall Vale - This nature reserve near Falmouth has a series of walking trails to follow
- Mineral Tramways Trail - This is a fabulous, largely traffic free ride or walk, from Portreath to Devoran
- Falmouth - A coastal walk around the Cornish town of Falmouth visiting Pendennis Point, Pendennis Castle and the pretty Swanpool lake nature reserve
- Stithians Lake - Enjoy waterside cycling and walking in this country park near Redruth in Cornwall
- Redruth - This Cornish town has some nice walking trails exploring the settlement's rich mining history
- Portloe - This pretty Cornish village includes a picturesque harbour and some fine walks into the surrounding Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
In Malpas head to the Heron Inn Heron Inn for some refreshment. The Inn is in a splendid location, overlooking the river in the village. You can sit outside in the garden area and enjoy a view of the estuary with your meal. The inn can be found at Trenhaile Terrace with a postcode of TR1 1SL for your sat navs.
The river trail is a nice one to do with your dog. You are asked to keep them on leads in the Boscawen Park area. The Heron Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
To the south of the city you will find Trelissick House and Gardens. The site is a lovely place for walking with a 300-acre estate to explore. There's beautiful gardens, peaceful woodland trails and fine views of the River Fal estuary to enjoy here.
Also to the south is the wonderful Roseland Peninsula where there are miles of coastal trails.
Also nearby you'll find Idless Woods. These peaceful woods have a series of good walking and cycling trails. Other features include an Iron Age hill fort, lots of pretty bluebells in the spring and views of the River Allen which runs through the area. You can reach the woods by following country lanes north past the Daubuz Moors Nature Reserve to Idless. It's about a 2 mile walk from the city centre.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cornwall Walks page.