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Tucked away far down the peninsula, Idless offers a large area of beautiful mixed woodland in which to enjoy a range of both adventurous and more relaxed activities. It is particularly popular with local horse riders, dog walkers and orienteering groups.

There is a pretty tree-edged car park offering a convenient starting point for exploring this quiet and scenic woodland. Look out for the wonderful array of bluebells that carpet the woodland floor in spring.

The site is a haven for wildlife and at certain times of the year you are likely to catch sight of red or roe deer, otters and badgers.

Archaeological features in the wood provide an interesting insight in to the way our ancestors used to live.

What do other visitors say?

4 Stars 4 Stars

Great for walking and cycling . Usually quite peaceful and less frequented once you get away from the car park and main loop !

Chris, 21/Jan/2017
4 Stars 4 Stars

Very pleasant walk Quiet although we may have hit it at a lull time

If you don't like very steep hills go clockwise around i.e. Fork right just out of the carpark

Anonymous, 2/May/2016

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Last updated: 18th August 2016

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What's Here?

  • Cycling
  • Ancient Monuments
  • Walking
  • Horse riding
  • With the exception of bridleways horse riders require a permit to ride in these woods. Please contact the District Office on 01392 832262 for an application form.
  • Orienteering
  • A permanent orienteering course jointly run with Cornwall Orienteering Club can be found at Idless. Maps are available from Penrose Outdoors in Truro.
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OS Grid ref: SW821478

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