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Trenance Gardens and Boating Lake
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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 times.
Wheelchair friendly: The route is considered suitable for wheelchair users.
Ordnance Survey Map No/s (1:25,000): Explorer 104.
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 sealed.
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 (photo 6), these were built on the site of an old malt house and date from the 18th century.
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.