Tehidy Country Park
While we’re proud of our industrial, engineering history, we sometimes like to get away from the town and enjoy some peace and quiet… and Cornwall has few better places for a stroll through the woods than Tehidy Country Park.
Whether you’re the sort who enjoys kicking through leaves, sitting by a lake with a Thermos of tea, or cycling down leafy nature trails, the nine miles of pathways at Tehidy can always take you somewhere to suit your mood.
Tehidy was owned by our famous local mining family the Bassets, as far back as the 11th century. For the past 30 years, the 250-acre woodland has been run as a country park by Cornwall Council… and has lost none of the charm and beauty of its estate days.
Wild garlic and daffodils are common… and in the spring, Tehidy’s famous for its carpets of bluebells.
Look up, and you’ll spot all sorts of trees – especially Chestnut, Oak, Ash, Sycamore, Beech and Alder. The Rose Garden has more unusual varieties, such as Japanese maple and monkey puzzle tree… while youngsters who can recognise a Horse Chestnut have a good chance of finding a conker or three in the Autumn.
Tehidy’s lakes and rivers, are home to swans, ducks… and if you’re very lucky you might spot an otter. You can see squirrels, songbirds, and bats around the treetops, too.
And if you’d like even more variety, a short path from the north of the park will bring you to Deadmans Cove, and the breathtaking North Cliffs.
Tehidy Country Park is here in Camborne Parish – and because it’s so big, there are three entrances, each with its own unique character. The main centre – with the café and lake – is on South Drive (signposted off Mount Whistle Road), but if you’re walking a dog – or want to see the bluebells – you might prefer the car parks near Illogan (Cot Road) or North Cliffs (B3301).
“The kids love to play pooh sticks on the bridges over the streams or watch the squirrels chasing up the trees. Miles of paths to explore and a warm welcome in the cafe afterwards.”