A Walk through Wilsey Woods

It’s easy to miss Wilsey Woods.  If you’re on your way to spend a holiday in Cornwall and you’re racing down the A395 from Launceston after a long gruelling travel on the M5 or A30, and you can’t wait to get into your holiday home or rental cottage in Polzeath, chances are, you’ll never even notice driving past this little patch of Forest.

We’ve lived in our little village by the sea for the past eight years and I’m embarrassed to say that we’ve never visited, in spite it being a mere ten-minute drive from where we live.  Not that we don’t notice it, I see it all the time. But our tendency is to go to Minster Woods located within our vicinity, or head off somewhere further away for a day-trip out.

However last Saturday, our little family, did just that.  We finally headed to Wilsey Woods.

We were surprised to see the gate obviously rammed in by a vehicle.  Debris of the gate was left on the ground, with nails exposed which can damage wheels or heaven-forbid injure a person.  The historian cleared the mess as much as he can, getting rid especially of the wood with exposed nails.

There isn’t any parking around, I’m afraid, you’ll have to park along the entrance and make sure that you don’t block the drive-way.

We didn’t know what to expect, or more like, we weren’t really expecting anything.  We just wanted to go out and walk Doc in a different place and this little woodland was always in our radar, but just one of those places, you always plan to go to, but never really get around to doing it till now.

 At first, little T wasn’t impressed at all and was turning into her annoying version of a teen-ager.  You know that, “I-hate-everything-or-everything-is-boring” attitude.  Yep, that one.

And then the husband and I spotted a make-shift-forest-den.  To me it looked like a scene from my childhood where my cousins and I would try to make a house in our grandmother’s garden with any material we could get our hands on.  This looked magical to me.  This is what childhood is all about.  This of course, quickly piqued little T’s interest too.

And of course, Doc was busy doing his own thing.

The sulking teenager was gone and I had my inquisitive, excitable little T back happy to go exploring with me.

As for Doc, he was happy surrounded by sticks.

We looked at trees that were lying on the forest ground.

We checked out the moss covering the ground like carpet.

While Doc watched us and wondered what we were doing …

…. which of course only lasted a few seconds as something more interesting caught his attention.

Then little T decided to make a forest den for Anna.

She also used sticks and twigs she found lying on the ground.

And of course, even her Dad had to help in the making of Anna’s forest den.

I think Ana looks rather pleased with her den.

By this time, the sky turned greyer and we decided that it was time to do more exploring before the rain came back.

We kept moving, and little T kept exploring …

Up the muddy walk …

with Doc.

We never got around to exploring more because the sky turned greyer, it was best to head back to the car before the downpour began.

What about you?  Is there a place nearby where you’ve been meaning to visit, but never get around to doing it no matter how close the place is to where you live?


  1. Mary @ Over 40 and a Mum to One

    I’ll pin this for future reference, we’re coming down to Cornwall in August and can’t get into our cottage until 4pm so would be a good option for us, thanks for sharing #CountryKids

    • Haven’t really explored it thoroughly yet, but yes, a good place to stretch your legs after a long drive 🙂

  2. Claire at Tin Box Traveller

    Ah, it’s always the way, isn’t it!? We’ve just moved I Devon and the first place we visited was in our doorstep. I thought we better do it while we still feel like tourists 🙂 Drat about the grey clouds.Hopefully there’s a lot for you to go back and see another time 🙂 #CountryKids

  3. Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love)

    Isn’t it funny how sometimes the places right on the doorstep are the ones that you don’t visit? Looks like you enjoyed your walk once Little T found things to interest her – that big den looks amazing and I love the little den that Little T made for Anna 🙂

    • And I’m so glad we finally made that visit to Wilsey Woods! We went there again this afternoon, but it started to rain again. Next time 😉

  4. Coombe Mill - Fiona

    I love the look of Wisley Woods and yet I’ve never heard of it, how crazy as it can’t be so far from us either. Cardinham is our closest and we rarely make it there either, I think it is because we are sounded by woodland here on the farm, yet the tree formations at Wisley look interesting and I love the forest den, it reminds me of my childhood with hours spent making dens just like this. I’m glad your sulky wan-a-bee teen came round and you managed to enjoy your visit. Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

    • We’ve been to Cardinham woods even if that’s a bit of a drive for us. You must visit Wilsey Woods too! Not as big as Cardinham and doesn’t have any facilities but still worth a visit 🙂 x

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