Camborne Trail 6 - Tehidy Trail

This trail takes participants into the heart of the largest area of woodland in West Cornwall where glimpses of the former home of Camborne’s Bassett Family, Tehidy Manor (later Tehidy Hospital) can be seen from tree lined footpaths.

For those looking for a slightly longer route and some sea air, it is possible to extend this route to include a stretch of the Cornish Coast Path ‘North Cliffs’ which is clearly sign posted from Tehidy.

The trail directs participants through the peaceful Red River Valley which is haven for a variety of fauna and flora including otters.

Address: Rosewarne Rd, Camborne TR14 8BE

Lat: N 50° 21′ 55.40″
Long: W -5° 29′ 77.90″

OS Grid Ref: SW 64828 40265

Distance: 10 miles

Terrain: Challenging

Facilities available for this trail

Parking – parking in Rosewarne Road Car Park.

Picnic areas – there are numerous places along the route to stop.

Eating and shopping – shops in Camborne town centre. Cafe at Tehidy Woods.

Public houses – pubs in town centre.


Family and children friendly – the route is fairly family friendly.

Cycle Trail – good trail but some rough sections.

Horse Riding Trail – parts of the trail are suitable.

Walking Trail – a challenging trail due to it’s length.

Disability access – not suitable for scooters.

13th September 2017 11:47 am

Camborne Trail 6

  • Author: Administrator
  • Created: 13th September 2017 11:47 am
  • Updated: 23rd October 2017 9:24 am
Route type: Bridleway/Cycling/Walking Trail
Difficulty grade: Challenging
Disabled Friendly: Not Suitable
  • Distance 7 miles
  • Time 2 h 50 min
  • Speed 2 mph
  • Min altitude 85 ft
  • Peak 322 ft
  • Climb 610 ft
  • Descent 610 ft

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  • Distance Instructions

Points of Interest


Up the slope to your left is Magor Farm – ‘ruin’ in Cornish – this is the site of the only Roman type villa ever found in Cornwall.  It is so poorly constructed that it is thought to have been built by a British person who copied the design of the Villas that he had seen when travelling.  It is likely that it controlled an estate in the Iron Age from here to other Romano-British remains at Godrevy.

Location: SW 63528 42086


Here the church way crosses the Red River, named due to the discharges of iron oxide from many tin and copper mines. The bridge still contains medieval elements and  Dr Mertherderwa left provision in his will for its maintenance. The river runs far below the present ground level as a result of a build up of treated sediment over many centuries of tin streaming.  The material in the path you are walking on is a very fine sand with a reddish hue left after the process of tin recovery which utilised water to separate the heavier tin from the lighter waste.

Location: SW 62923 42279


The manor was a seat for many centuries of the junior branch of the Basset family. The Basset family owned the estate from Norman times. They acquired the manor of Tehidy in the mid-12th century when William Basset married Cecilia, heiress of the House of de Dunstanville. The manor house was converted into Tehidy Hospital (sometimes referred to as Tehidy Sanatorium) and is now a private property.

Location: SW 64778 43311