The Roseland

The Roseland Peninsula - Lamorran

26 Mar 2019

Above: Sunset views over the River Fal from Ruan Quay. 

 

The second instalment in our series of blog posts focussing on the Roseland - where our studio is situated. If you're coming to visit us here at Design Room for a meeting or just a catch-up over coffee, it's worth keeping in mind that we're surrounded by some beautiful scenery. We regularly make use of our proximity to this gorgeous part of Cornwall to help clear our heads after a long day at a screen - it’s good for thinking, for creativity and mental wellbeing in general.

This time we're looking at a particularly scenic stretch of road that runs from Ruan Lanihorne along through Lamorran towards Tregothnan and St Michael Penkivel. If you're driving back in the direction of Truro from our office then it makes a nice change from the usual, busier A390 (it eventually brings you out at Tresillian) Although it's worth bearing in mind that it's not the quickest route!


Mostly we use this bit of road for an after-work run, it's a nice undulating section that seldom sees much traffic. The estuary along here is teeming with birdlife and often there's deer. It's a remote, peaceful, sometimes eerie but always beautiful place that feels like you've gone back in time.

 

Terrain: Estuary and woodland. Tarmac road.

Footwear: Trainers if you're planning to run. 

Parking: Limited, but available at Ruan Quay. 

Distance: Depends how far you wish to run or walk! Approx distance from Ruan Quay to Tregothnan and back is 6.5 miles.

 

We park at Ruan Quay and start from there - it is as simple as following the single lane road through the twists and turns of Lamorran. Sett Bridge which spans the River Fal is a particular favourite spot, the views down the river are stunning, it's always worth a stop just to listen to the distant warbles of the birds out on the mudflats and to marvel in the silence and remoteness of the place. Keep heading in the direction of St Michael Penkivel, you'll pass through a cluster of houses on your way, the road then runs adjacent to a tributary of the River Fal. It's heavily wooded, full of squirrels and sometimes deer. If you don't see any deer, you can often see their tracks in the estuary mud.

You'll eventually end up at a T-junction, taking a left will lead you to the gates of Tregothnan. The little church at St Michael Penkivel is gorgeous and is worth your time. For us, it's usually time to turn on our heels and head back to Ruan Quay.

 

We absolutely love this stretch of road, the sense of peace and remoteness is quite special. Enjoy!

 

Above: Crossing over Sett Bridge into Lamorran woods

 

Above: Peaceful stretches of road through Lamorran

 

Above: The long and winding road

Posted in: The Roseland

The Roseland Peninsula - Part 1.

07 Jan 2019

 

Above: Pendower beach at low tide with Nare Head in the background.

 

If you're coming to visit us here at Design Room for a meeting or just a catch-up over coffee, it's worth keeping in mind that we're situated in the heart of the Roseland Peninsula which is classed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We regularly make use of our proximity to this gorgeous part of Cornwall to help clear our heads after a long day at a screen - it’s good for thinking, for creativity and mental wellbeing in general.

 

There’s a multitude of opportunities for outdoor activities both on and off the water and of course eating and drinking. Over some upcoming blog posts, we’ll outline a few of our favourite places here on the Roseland to maybe inspire you to explore this area a little bit whilst you’re here.

 

Firstly, we’ll start with a short walk that starts at Pendower beach which is about a 10 minute drive from the Design Room studio. Pendower is a gorgeous beach, backed by low dunes and a tranquil wooded valley. At low tide, Pendower joins with Carne to form a huge sweep of beach that stretches around to the imposing Nare Head. It’s a stunning place and a firm favourite of ours. 

 

Terrain: Woodland trail and beach

Footwear: Wellies, especially in winter

Parking: Cliffside parking down Rocky Lane, just past Ruan High Lanes, off the A3078

Distance: 2 miles approx

 

Walk down towards the beach and wind your way through the small dunes to the National Trust car park. At the back of this car park, there’s a path that leads into the lush green woods. It follows a small river and winds through pretty woodland where it opens out to a few houses. Continue walking past the houses on to a little wooden bridge and on up a steep section that brings you up out of the trees. Keep walking a little further, following the path back down again towards a quiet country lane where you’ll find Melinsey Mill. Melinsey Mill is a very pretty spot by a large pond and a great place to stop for tea and cake where you can watch the bird life in and around the water - if you’re lucky you can spot a kingfisher. Follow the trail back down the valley to Pendower and if the tide is out, you can a lovely stomp on the beach too.

 

Above: The woodland behind Pendower beach.... or a portal to another world?

 

Above: Re-entering the woods on the walk back to the beach

 

Above: Walking past the houses to Melinsey Mill, obey the yellow arrow!

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