Trelissick Garden is on the River Fal between Truro and Falmouth. It is a popular place for visitors and locals as there are substantial walks through the surrounding woodland estate and open countryside for dog walkers. Last Saturday, on hearing that it would be the best day for a while, we decided to pop over and have a wander along the woodland walk which follows the edge of the river and then into the gardens to enjoy the spring flowers. Although there was hazy sunshine there was also a bitterly cold wind blowing as we walked down to the ‘beach’ on the Channal’s Creek with views of the sparkling waters of ‘Carrick Roads’ towards Falmouth.
[The Carrick Roads take the form of a classic drowned river valley and are dominated by a deep, meandering channel, navigable all the way from Falmouth to Truro with many picturesque creeks and rivers ]
It seemed everyone else in Cornwall had the same idea as the parking was pretty packed, but of course it is the Easter holidays so numbers increase now and as in most NT gardens there was an Easter egg hunt for the little ones. Saying that it wasn’t in the least bit crowded.
Messing about on the river
The trail is fairly flat once you have risen above the River Fal and fairly sheltered by all the trees. At this time of the year you can still have glimpses of the water below which became a beautiful blue as the sun appeared.
Bluebells and gorse, the last remains of blackthorn and the beginnings of cow parsley amongst ivy, holly and many deciduous trees line the way creating magical shadows in the sunshine.
Eventually we arrived at the ferry pontoon where you can opt to enter the gardens, continue across the road to a longer woodland walk, cross the Fal on the King Harry chain ferry to the Roseland peninsula or even catch a ferry to St Mawes, Falmouth or Truro when they are running. One day we might do this.
Tomorrow I will take you into the gardens where you are in for a wonderful treat.
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