Just two miles north of Truro sits Idless woods, a wooded haven surrounded by picturesque farmland.

Starting from the carpark there are numerous routes off into the woods. I’ve always gone anti-clockwise, following the river around to the back of the woods before winding my way down the middle to try and find the Iron Age fort (still haven’t found it). 

The path winds through the trees, meeting the river where the remains of an old wall or building sit just off the shore. 

Small rivers cascade down the hill from the left, forming small waterfalls as they flow into the main river. 

Dotted along the rivers banks are the rocky remains of the woods gunpowder works, although I can’t find any more information about this. These make a great explore, with several different buildings littering the leats. 

Access is free to everyone and dogs are welcome all year round. 

There is a moderately sized free car park at the entrance to the woods. 

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