Trenance Gardens and Boating Lake
Last updated: 11/12/2013
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A predominantly level path taking in Trenance boating lake and
gardens in Newquay.
Please see below for detailed route description and map.
Fitness level: Suitable for someone of poor
fitness. Predominantly off-road (you just need to cross the
road in two places).
Time: Approximately one hour.
Start/Finish: Car park in the leisure centre
complex (Ordnance Survey Grid Reference SW 181 613).
Nearest Town: Newquay.
Parking: Please see Cornwall Council
car parks for further information or park on the road beside
the boating lake.
Refreshments: There is the Lakeside Café
beside the boating lake or there is a kiosk selling drinks and ice
creams in the car park.
Toilets: Please see Public
toilets for information on ownership and current opening
Wheelchair friendly: The route is considered
suitable for wheelchair users.
Ordnance Survey Map No/s (1:25,000): OS
Detailed route description
Start in the car park next to the kiosk, it is signed from the
road as the Waterworld complex. Around the car park area there is a
play area for children and the Heron Tennis Centre (photo 1). You
can go around this area, the path is flat and the surface is
To get to the gardens you will need to cross the road opposite
the kiosk. This will take you under the viaduct and means that you
can avoid the busy road. There is a metal gate chicane which will
be a tight space for some to use but you can unbolt the gates and
move them back if necessary. There are other chicanes along
this route which may present a problem for the larger
wheelchair or motorised scooter user. Cross over at the traffic
lights (photo 2) and
you will enter the gardens. There is an information board as you
enter (photo 3).
The whole of the bottom area of the gardens is completely
accessible and the surface is sealed and flat but with
some bumps in places due to tree roots (photo 4,
photo 5). As
you cross the gardens you will come across Trenance Cottages
these were built on the site of an old malt house and date from the
Go past the cottages, through the alley and cross over the road
at the zebra crossing. This will take you into the boating lake
area where you have the choice of either going
through the rose garden on your right (photo
7) or following the surfaced path, both paths will
take you around the boating lake.
The path continues to be surfaced and level and should be
suitable for most people (photo 8). All
the bridges across the river are also accessible and there is
usually a lot of bird life on the lake, so make sure you take time
to have a look.
There are lots of benches along this route so take time to
admire the view. Return to the car park the same way.