Trenance Gardens - the jewel in Newquay's crown - were laid out in 1906 and make an excellent location to quietly stroll or take time to sit in full sun, or under the shade of mature trees, to relax and contemplate. Whether from the paths that surround the two lakes, or close up onboard hired pedalos or rowing boats, you can study the antics of animals sheltering on the two small islands in the middle of the big lake. Trenance Gardens is also home to Newquay's well established riding centre.
This waterside retreat is also a haven for varieties of duck and geese and other aquatic wild life. It's also a favourite nesting ground for swans. In homage to these majestic birds, the largest lake displays a silvery swan captured forever taking off from the surface of the water.
Take time to appreciate the most recent addition to the lakes, built in 2006 to celebrate the garden's centenary anniversary, the fountain which adds a lovely feature to the normally still water. Start or finish your time in Newquay's peaceful Trenance valley with a visit to the Rose Garden. When the hybrid teas, floribundas and climbers are in full bloom, your senses cannot fail to be stirred by their beauty and heady perfumes. It's a rose lover's heaven.
Partake in refreshments, light lunches or more substantial meals in the contemporary, glass fronted, waterside café, from which you can continue your enjoyment of Trenance lakes. It must be one of Newquay's best inland locations to linger over Cornwall's most famous and favourite treat - a Cornish cream tea. 'Ansom. You can easily shed some of the calories ingested with a brisk walk back to your accommodation or while enjoying your next exciting adventure.