Illogan Trails

Illogan (Cornish: Eglos hal), is a rural village and civil parish close to Redruth and Camborne.  Illogan village stretches from Paynters Lane End in the south to the boundary with Bridge in the north.  The oldest section of Illogan is Churchtown, the church is dedicated to Saint Illogan.  There are ancient texts stating that ‘the body of the saint was enshrined in the old Illogan Church’.

Tehidy is the largest area of woodland in West Cornwall and it is managed as a Country Park.  There are over 9 miles (14.5km) of paths and 250 acres of peaceful woods and lakes to explore, together with a café and 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.  The Basset family has been linked to Tehidy since the 11th century.  You can still see evidence of the Bassets in the prominent monument built in memory of Sir Francis Basset in 1836 on top of Carn Brea.

The nature and size of Illogan has enormously changed since the 1950s with the development of many private and public housing estates.  One effect of this is the gradual merging of the distinct settlements which comprise the Parish of Illogan; these are Churchtown, Park Bottom, Tehidy/Tolvaddon and the north cliffs which form the seaward site of Tehidy Park.

The traditional economy was mainly small holdings with a few larger farms and one small mine at Voguebeloth which was closed by the beginning of the 19th Century.

The trails have been put together to show how these areas join up and to illustrate different points of local history.

We hope you enjoy exploring the area.

Address: Paynters Ln, Redruth TR16 4DR

Lat: N 50° 24′ 36.59″
Long: W -5° 26′ 50.56″

OS Grid Ref: SW 67300 43288

ILLOGAN TRAIL 1
ILLOGAN TRAIL 1

Our easy trails are not only over gentle ground but are also not too long. As a rule of thumb, easy trails should allow you to push a wheelchair around quite comfortably.

ILLOGAN TRAIL 2
ILLOGAN TRAIL 2

Moderate trails are those that are over tougher terrain but not too difficult. They are also not usually up steep hills or too long in distance. As a marker we have estimated that they would be fine for mum, dad and two children.

ILLOGAN TRAIL 3
ILLOGAN TRAIL 3

Moderate trails are those that are over tougher terrain but not too difficult. They are also not usually up steep hills or too long in distance. As a marker we have estimated that they would be fine for mum, dad and two children.