Tresillian to Malpas Walk
This walk starts beside the main A390 road at the Truro end of Tresillian village. There's a couple of layby's that can be used and the footpath can be found just to the right of the last bungalow on the riverside of the road. This leads across a marshy area and is the first of many great places on this walk to spot birdlife. Cross the marsh to join a track and then turn left and continue around the corner, passing a couple of houses and a ruined boathouse. From here to St Clement the track hugs the riverside for the next mile or so.
The Tresillian River rises in mid Cornwall, fed by springs between Sumercourt and Mitchell. It feeds into the Truro River and then becomes part of the Fal Estuary. Until the early 20th century, boats could navigate all the way up to the village, but over the years silt carried downstream has clogged the river, forming the huge mudbanks you see today
The ruined boathouse, situated on a medieval quayside, was built for Pencalenick House, that sits in the woods above, Now a school, it was built in the late 1800s and is Grade II listed. Across the river, the woodland and fields are part of the Tregothnan estate, owned by Lord Falmouth. Further along you pass two ponds on your right, both great places to watch waterfowl, and both thought to have been creates as fishponds
On reaching St Clement, with its riverside cottages, take the road up through the village until reaching the public toilets. A short detour to the right leads down to the church, its unusual entrance through a lychgate with a room above. Dedicated in 1259, much of the building dates from no earlier than the 15th century, although a cross in the churchyard is thought to date back to the 5th century.
To continue onto Malpas climb the track beside the toilets, this enters a field and climbs to the top where the footpath quickly turns left, then right, before descending down into the valley. Once into the woodland at the bottom, the path divides, to visit Malpas follow the official footpath over the stream on the right. This leads between houses to the road, follow this to the centre of the village where you will find the popular Heron Inn.
Malpas is a stopping off point for boats belonging to Enterprise Boats, taking passengers from Falmouth up to Truro (if the tide permits). The village grew up becuase of its position down stream from Truro. In the early 1800's there was very little in the way of houses here, but once the river started to silt up and larger ships could no longer get up to Truro or Tresillian, Malpas took over as an important quay.
To return to Tresillian, retrace steps to the wooded valley and then take the path known as Denas Road. This is not a public footpath but access is permitted. However, the path is uneven in places so care should be taken. It snakes alongside the river through both deciduous and coniferous woodland, with occasional glimpses of the water where gaps occur.
When the path reaches St Clement turn right and return back to Tresillian along the riverside path used earlier.
Length of walk, 5 miles (8km)
OS Explorer 105
Public Toilets in St Clement and Malpas
Walk created by Walkaboutwest in August 2020