Illogan Trail 2
The route starts in Paynters Lane near the junction with Treforthlan. From here head along Paynters Lane north west towards the five cross roads junction at Paynters Lane End. On your left there is the villages second Methodist Chapel which was built in 1890 at a cost of £1,086.00. The stone for the chapel was obtained from an old mine building.
Turn left along Alexandra Road. Alexandra Road was built by the Basset family of Tehidy after Lady Mary Basset, it was originally known as Lady Mary’s Road and was renamed after Queen Alexandra, the consort of King Edward VII. Alexandra Road was part of a road that took the Basset family direct to their town house in Truro.
When you reach Colborne Avenue you cross the route of the original mineral railway line from Portreath Harbour to Hayle Harbour. The grassy triangle is the site of the original signal box which was still standing until the 1960s.
At the cross roads with Merrose Lane please note to your right Mary’s Well 1888. Mary’s Well was named after the wife of Gustavus Lambert Basset whose family for hundreds of years owned Tehidy House and much of the surrounding land and mines around the area.
Continue along Alexandra Road to the junction with Cot Road. Opposite is the East Lodge, a rare thatched lodge. Alexandra Road continues across the road, through the golf course to the front door of the Great House at Tehidy.
Cross Cot Road into the path by East Lodge, which is a continuation of the former direct route from The Great House at Tehidy through Illogan, then to Scorrier and onto Truro.
Follow the path to the end by the kissing gate that leads into Tehidy Woods. Turn right into the area known as the North Cliff Plantation. These are the remains of the ornamental woodland which was developed in the 19th century for the Bassetts using many exotic species of tree. This area was taken over by the Forestry Commission in 1919, then passed onto Cornwall Council 1985 when the intrusive pines were carefully removed to expose the original planting.
Proceed through the wood to the T-junction, turn left just before the administrative office for the woods which is known as The Kennels. The Rose garden of The Kennels has been restored to an echo of the previously planted garden.
Follow the route, go over Otter Bridge and enter Oak Wood. Oak Wood is the last remnant of the original broad leaf, hard wood that covered the whole of Cornwall up to the Tamar, before it was lost for charcoal burning and ship building over the last 2000 years.
Follow the path of the blue route, indicated by waymarkers, cross the stream and make your way to Coombe. Coombe is at the extreme boundary of Illogan Parish.
At the bridge in Coombe, turn right, cross the river and follow the road up to Magor. Half way up the hill to the right are Magor Farm Cottages which are on the site of one of the only two known Roman Villas in Cornwall. The tesselated pavements of the main rooms were discovered in the 1930s, then recovered for their further protection.
Continue up the steep and winding hill until you get to South Tehidy. At Mount Whistle House turn left onto the footpath. Carry on past Eatondale, Home Farm and Menwinnion Cottage. Follow the footpath back to South Drive. At South Drive there is an information centre and refreshment rooms by the ornamental lakes.
Proceed north easterly and rejoin the path, carry on past Nursery Cottages and Merrose Vean, continue until you join Cot Road. Turn left at the cross roads into Merrose Lane. Please note the small cottage by the road is a Kiddley Wink – a drinking house before the licencing laws came into effect; it would have usually sold smuggled alcoholic drinks. It is now know as Kiddley Cottage and is a private home. The sharp bend is known locally as the Halgoss bend which was the sight of the standby village wells.
Take the first right into Spar Lane. Turn left into Trevelyan Road, cross over the mineral railway by Railway Cottages. Paynters Lane End was the first council housing estate to be built in Illogan in 1948. Opposite Paynters Lane End Estate is Illogan Park which has a modern and fun play area.
Turn right into Treforthlan. Turn right and return to the start of the trail.
Facilities available for this trail
Parking – parking on the side of the road.
Picnic areas – there are numerous appropriate places along the route to stop.
Eating and shopping – village store in the centre of Illogan.
Public houses – Near village centre Robartes Arms.
Family and children friendly – the route is very family friendly.
Cycle Trail – good long trail to cycle.
Horse Riding Trail – parts of the trail are suitable.
Walking Trail – a challenging trail due to it’s distance.
Disability access – suitable for larger scooters.
- Created: 17th July 2017
- Distance 7 miles
- Time 2 h 58 min
- Speed 2 mph
- Min altitude 95 ft
- Peak 305 ft
- Climb 581 ft
- Descent 581 ft