Illogan Trail 1
Go south into Lower Broad Lane. Turn sharp right into Spar Lane, opposite Grapevine Church which was the former Methodist Chapel.
Cross the old railway line. The bridge has been removed but you can still see the embankment and footings.
Turn left onto Clifton Road (first junction). To your left you will see a communications tower. At the end of the road at the five cross roads in Park Bottom you cross the Great Parish Road. The New Inn and Premier Stores are in this area.
Go straight across into Illogan Downs Road. Illogan Downs was formerly rough grazing known as ‘the wastes’ with a numger of small holdings which is now all covered by houses. Park Bottom Institute is to your right.
Continue along Illogan Downs Road. The first large building on your right is the former Methodist Chapel and opposite is Merrose Farm, part of which dates back to the fifteenth century. This was also the location of the Sunday School in Illogan.
Continue to the Cross Roads, which is known as Merrose Lane End, and turn left into Old Merrose Lane, head towards the Halgoss bends. On the right 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 well for the village.
Continue to the end of the road and turn right onto Mount Whistle Road, turn immediately right (before the grass triangle) onto South Drive. Head past the South Lodge at Tehidy, one of three thatched lodgess on the estate. This was the second most important access to the Great House of Tehidy.
At the bottom of the hill turn right onto the footpath travelling north east. The land on the right was the point to point racecourse on Easter Monday’s and on the left is Tehidy Park Golf Club which is a place to stop for refreshments. The number 16 hole of the golf course used to be Illogan Cricket Field.
Continue along Golf Club Lane past Nursery Cottages. Turn right onto Cot Road, on the right is Merrose Wood. At the crossroads turn left and take the first right into Spar Lane. Turn left into Trevelyan Road, cross over the mineral railway by
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 – Robartes Arms
Family and children friendly – the route is very family friendly.
Cycle Trail – good trail but some bumpy sections.
Horse Riding Trail – parts of the trail are suitable.
Walking Trail – an easy trail but with some uneven ground.
Disability access – suitable for larger scooters.