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Five of the best walks near Truro

Truro might be Cornwall’s only city, but you’re never far from green spaces and leafy trails. Within a short drive, you can access riverside strolls, coastal ambles and woodland wanders. Our nature-loving team has put together a list of the five best walks close to Truro. 

1. Idless Woods

10 minutes from The Alverton 

Only two miles outside of Truro is a perfect leafy oasis to while away an afternoon at any time of year. 

Idless Woods is a beautiful place for a walk, with a range of paths that cater to all levels of ability. The woodland is home to an abundance of wildlife and offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside. 

📷:Idless Woods

2. Malpas to Tresillian

5 minutes from The Alverton 

Just outside of Truro, the charming village of Malpas sits on the banks of the Tresillian River. 

Starting at Malpas (via car or ferry from Truro), you can follow the path out of Malpas alongside the river. Pass through the picturesque village of St Clement and follow the river all the way to the village of Tresillian. You can then turn around and make your way back to Malpas and stop for a refreshing pint at The Heron Inn, or continue a couple of miles to Truro. 

If you’ve got a little more time, why not finish off the walk by visiting Truro’s best kept secret, Sunny Corner?

3. Trelissick Garden

12 minutes from The Alverton 

This National Trust treasure offers a range of trails that weave through woodland and parkland, with far reaching views of the Fal River. The gardens of this 16th century house are open year-round and are particularly beautiful in the spring when the flowers are in bloom.

Post-walk, enjoy a coffee in the onsite cafe, or browse the gift shop and second-hand book shop.  

📷:National Trust

4. The Roseland Peninsula

20-40 minutes from The Alverton

Just a short drive from Truro, the Roseland Peninsula offers some of the most beautiful coastal walks in Cornwall, including the South West Coast Path.

The walks vary in difficulty, with options for everyone – from beginners to experienced hikers. Popular walks include Towans Beach to Portscatho and Portscatho to Pendower Beach. 

With cute cafes along the routes to grab a coffee or an ice cream, and plenty of swimming spots, the Roseland makes the perfect destination for a summer saunter. 

📷:Thomas Tolkein

5. Bissoe Trail

15 minutes from The Alverton 

This former mineral tramway has been converted into a popular cycle and walking trail, linking Devoran and Portreath.

The trail runs for 11 miles through beautiful countryside, with plenty of opportunities to stop for a picnic or a cup of tea along the way.

📷:Bissoe Cycle Trail

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