Located a few miles from the Penventon Hotel and starting from South Tehidy, the woods is a beautiful wooded country park with around 9 miles of nature walks & trails, suitable for biking and walking. The woods have signposted walks which varyin difficulty, one of which leads to Portreath, where after emerging from the woods a mile further along the road you will come to Portreath village and harbour. After a homemade Cornish pasty from the bakery, the most adventurous and energetic of you can go on to tackle the North Cliffs.
For those looking for a less energetic afternoon, at the South Tehidy entrance is a small café serving delicious homemade soup, homemade cakes and mugs of fair-trade tea. The children can tackle the ‘Tehidy climbing tree’ natures very own answer to a climbing frame! A huge tree hundreds of years old which should be tackled by adults and children alike, which is painted with squirrels playing. From here there is a short leisurely path around the lake.
If you exit Tehidy Park via the North Cliff Car parking area turn right and then almost immediately left. This is a rough track of about 150 Mts which will take you to a car park area at the cliff top known locally as the Mimrose.
There are two options here, turning right will take you up hill and down dale to Portreath and beyond if you so wish. Allow about an hour to Porthreath and there are one or two styles to traverse. Turning left is a flatter option and the footpath winds along the coast and runs for miles. A pleasant stroll is to Gwithian some 3 miles away. Both directions offer spectacular views over the cliffs. Be aware that the path, in places, runs quite close to the clifftop where there is a 50mt drop to the rocks below.
The scenery is spectacular and there is a cafe half way along the route to Gwithian called Hells mouth. This is a small cove which contains the remnants of a small coaster wrecked there many years ago and is reputedly haunted by the screams of a suicidal man who leapt from the cliff after finding his house burned down and his sister missing.
A walk on will bring you to Gwithian Lighthouse (Not open to the public)which inspired Virginia Wolf’s novel ‘To the Lighthouse’ There are numerous sea birds along this route and a colony of breeding seals just before the lighthouse. Beautiful beach views and views across the bay to St Ives. Allow a good 2 hours for this walk to include pauses to take in the scenery