Adventures around Trurowith PlusBus

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The spires and arched windows of a fine late Victorian cathedral tower over the quays and cobbled alleys of Truro, southernmost city on the British mainland. A centre for river trade and later for tin mining, this area of Cornwall has some great things to see, from sparkling quartz in the museum to a riverside village in the woods. Ask for PlusBus when you buy your train ticket and you can explore all day.

  • County: with PlusBus
  • Great for: architecture | art | Art Gallery | birds | brewery | family fun | good cafés and pubs | museums | views | Walks |
  • Refreshments: lots of fabulous pubs and cafes
  • Please note: researched/updated in December 2023. If anything’s changed or you have more tips to share, do get in touch: features@goodjourney.org.uk
  1. 3. Along the Truro River to Malpas

    Trees fringe the wide estuary near the village of Malpas where the Truro and Tresillian Rivers meet. There is the Heron Inn and a café/farm shop for refreshments, views of the river, and some peaceful wooded walks beside the water. The Malpas Road is a bit busy to walk along comfortably, but there are lots of paths nearby and your PlusBus ticket is valid as far as Malpas.

    • A few times a day (not Sundays) from outside the Royal Cornwall Museum, bus 496 heads along the river for fifteen minutes to Malpas. The bus passes waterside Boscawen Park with its colourful flowerbeds and great playgrounds. You can choose to get off at Sunny Corner and follow the unofficial path through ferns and tall trees on a narrow cliff above the river that runs parallel to the road.
    • Look out for wading birds in the river, like oystercatchers, redshanks and curve-billed curlews. The mudflats on the Truro River are a great place for wildlife.
    • The sleepy village of Malpas was once a bustling port and there are still ferries and boat trips heading to the Roseland peninsula and Tregothnan estate. You can take a trip back on a sailing barge or classic boat and see Truro from the water.
    • There are more walking options: along the Tresillian River or inland over the hills like this circuit if you’re feeling really energetic. You can also simply follow the footpaths for two miles via the village of St Clement to creekside Tresillian, where regular bus 22 runs back to Truro. Your PlusBus ticket is valid to Tresillian too.
    • If you choose to stay in Malpas, perhaps lingering over a pint-with-a-view at the Heron, the afternoon buses from Malpas back to Truro currently leave at 1.30pm or 4.30pm from opposite the inn and wind through the woods and houses to Truro bus station. From here, several different buses (or a ten-minute walk) will get you back to the railway station, including bus U1, T1 and T2.
    • For more car-free adventures in the area, see our Good Journey guide to Falmouth.