The Perfect Cornish Woodlands for Autumn Walks
Throughout the warmer months, the coastline of Cornwall is absolutely alive with activity. From walkers to holiday makers, pink sea thrift to wild poppies, it’s always a joy. Into the colder months and specifically Autumn, the woodland takes on the trophy as the most magical place to be. We are treated with many beautiful woodlands throughout Cornwall and here’s a little run down of some of my favourites.
First up is the largest woodland in West Cornwall, Tehidy. This woodland has 9 miles of pathways and 250 acres of woodland to explore. The area is owned by the Council and is now referred to as a Country Park, where you can walk your dog, explore with the family or just take a moment to yourself. The park offers two parking sites, a cafe and a picnic area. Tehidy was formerly the estate of the Bassets, one of the four most powerful families in Cornwall with extensive lands and mineral rights in this western part of the county.
Top Tip – the birds and squirrels within the woods are very comfortable with human interaction from being fed along the trails. Take a little pot of nuts or bird pellets with you to experience the wildlife run straight up to you.
Just outside the city of Truro, you’ll find Idless woods which is a 2.8 miles in length and has a spacious car park to start your journey. For a nice escape from the streets of Truro, Idless is only a few miles away so you can quickly be amongst the flora and fauna and embracing the tranquility. Idless woods is owned by the Forestry Commission and has signage throughout. By the car park, you’ll find Woodmans Cabin where you can grab a variety of hot and cold meals, baked goods and drinks.
Top Tip – if you head left out of the car park and towards the A30, you’ll get the most amazing view from above over the valley.
Caridnham Woods is a 255 acre dense woodland just outside of Bodmin. This woodland is absolutely stunning a very popular with hikers and bikers, as there’s many specific cycle trails in varying difficulty. The woods is open 364 days of the year and can close due to bad weather, so do be cautious of that on specifically stormy days. The woodland has the adorable Woods Cafe which offers cooked and fresh breakfasts and lunches, as well as light refreshments. You do need to pay to park here and the site offers toilets, dog washing facilities and many child friendly activities.
Near Lanhydrock house and often incorporated into a circular walk, Respryn woods is a beautiful place to walk. Respryn is based along the river Fowey and starts at the bridge. With the waterside stroll, it’s great for dogs who love to splash about and also a lovely spot for a dip on particularly hot days. If you follow the trail, you’ll eventually come out at Bodmin Parkway train station. There is a car park here where you do need to pay to stay.
Top Tip – Tie a trip to Respryn woods in with a visit to Duchy Nursery which is a short distance away. A beautiful garden centre, gift shop and cafe.
The Golitha Falls are a series of spectacular cascades and waterfalls along a section of the River Fowey as it makes its way through the ancient oak woodland of Draynes Wood. Golitha is popular amongst families and also photographers as the fast flowing falls and surrounding nature allow for the most perfect picture. Golitha is based just outside of the market town of Liskeard and offers a car park.
Top Tip – Treat yourself to a burger at Inkies before or after your walk, it may not look like much from the outside but his burgers are legendary!