Explore Penryn’s College Wood Viaduct & Woods

Passing through the Glasney Valley and on toward the imposing structure of the College wood Viaduct is another great walk full of twists and turns to explore.

Collegewood Viaduct Penryn Cornwall

The last of Brunel’s timber viaduct’s to be converted to stone.

The first stage of the Truro to Falmouth branch line was completed in 1863. The use of timber for the structure was on the suggestion of Isambard Kingdom Brunel to address the issue of expense.  Somewhat ironic when you think that granite is one of the towns greatest exports.

The second stage of the viaduct was completed as recently as July 1934 and was the last timber viaduct to be converted to stone. The original piers remain as grade II listed structures and home to a variety of birds and other wildlife.

Collegewood Viaduct Penryn Cornwall

Looking up between the old and the new.

Moving under the viaduct take a few moments to look out on to the adjacent field  where a huge old tree known locally as the, ‘Spooky Tree’, stands. Generations of children and indeed adults have spent many a dusky evening terrifying one another with scary tales under the gnarly branches of this wizened old fella.

From this field you can choose to turn right and explore deep into the woods Continue on through the woods until you come to the newly re-opened College Reservoir and my next posting!

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