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5 Greener Ways To Arrive At Tremenheere

From carbon emissions to plastic waste, travel isn’t always the most environmentally friendly activity. However, the benefits of venturing into places of natural beauty, like the many in Cornwall and our exotic and subtropical gardens are priceless. Fortunately, there are ways you can make your journey more eco-friendly. Here are 5 greener ways to arrive at Tremenheere, that can even turn your trip into a greater adventure:

  1. Walk in the footsteps of Pilgrims

One of the most beautiful and adventurous ways to arrive at Tremenheere is via St Michael’s Way, a route between St Ives bay and St Michael’s Mount known historically as the pilgrim’s walk. 

The 12-mile shell icon signposted route is believed to have been used by pilgrims and missionaries, many travelling from Ireland and Wales, to avoid the treacherous journey by sea around Land’s End. It crosses the narrowest neck of Cornwall providing stunning views along the way, without too much strenuous walking. 

The walk begins in Lelant and follows the South West Coast Path through Carbis Bay before turning inland and climbing up towards Trencom Hill, offering magnificent views of both coasts. The path then drops into the Red River valley above Crowlas, once a busy mining area. From Ludgvan it’s an easy walk through one of the most fertile strips of farmland in the UK towards Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens. You’ll undoubtedly enjoy views of the coast and St Michaels Mount along the way. 

Source: Visit Cornwall
  1. Get your daily exercise in, and cycle

You can make your way to Tremenheere by bicycle following the National Cycle Route 3 / B3301 from Portreath that takes you along the South West Coast Path, then through Hayle, St Erth and Longrock, ending up at Tremenheere after a wonderfully scenic ride. Once you arrive, you’ll find a bike racks located next to the garden centre, before entering the gardens where you can securely leave your bike for the duration of your visit. 

If you’d like to make your journey faster and more convenient while staying sustainable, Ebikes Cornwall is a brilliant electric bike rental service based in seven locations right across Cornwall, including Penzance. You can rent a bike for £45 per day, and they’re included with helmets, panniers, locks and suggested local routes… and we hear they can be pretty swift! 

  1. Jump on the local bus  

If you’re not in a place to travel by foot or bicycle, taking public transport is an option. According to Transport for Greater Manchester, if everyone switched just one car journey a month to a bus that would be one billion fewer car journeys on our roads, and a saving of 2 million tonnes of CO2. 

Bus travel can also help reduce stress linked to commuting by car and encourage a more active lifestyle. Sometimes, it’s just nice to let someone else do the driving.

To get to Tremenheere by bus, take the No. 16/16A between Penzance and St Ives which travels past our entrance approximately every other hour. Make sure you choose the bus travelling via Gulval and Ludgvan (NOT via Newmill/Zennor). Tremenheere is a request stop, so just ask the driver to let you off at our slip road.

  1. Enjoy a scenic train journey

When you are traveling longer distances, you can significantly reduce your carbon footprint by taking a train instead of driving a car. Not only will you see more of beautiful Cornwall and beyond, but you’ll help the planet too. Penzance train station, just two miles away from us, is the last stop on the trainline with direct trains running from London Paddington. 

If you’re coming down to Penzance on the train, from the station you can enjoy a two mile walk along a footpath via Chyandour Clf directly to Tremenheere. Alternatively a bus station is immediately opposite and car hire and taxis are both available too. We’re approximately a 10-minute drive away.

Walk from the train station
  1. Bring your reusables along

If one things for sure, you can never go wrong with packing a reusable coffee cup, water bottle, or anything you know you might need during your day. By replacing single-use items with reusable ones, you drastically cut down on the waste you produce whilst on you travels. 

At Tremenheere we have a drinking water tap for you to refill you bottles therefore it’s a great idea to arrive with your own water bottle so you can stay hydrated sustainably during your visit. And why not stop off at Tremenheere Kitchen with your coffee cup, a wonderful way to take your warm beverage with you around the gardens.

If you’re planning a picnic in one of Tremenheere’s dreamy garden locations, packing your delicious lunchtime snacks in reusable tupperware and utensils are a brilliant way to stay sustainable. If you do have anything that needs recycling, you can find our recycling station between the café and the carpark. 

You can also recycle your Tremenheere maps for reuse, in our designated post box as you exit the gardens. We are on a mission to make our maps go twice as far, getting 50% more usage out of each map.  

So what can switching to these greener ways achieve? 

  • Cuts down on greenhouse gas emissions and global climate change.
  • Reduces air pollutants (walking and cycling emit no greenhouse gases).
  • Reduces noise pollution and congestion.
  • Saves valuable green space from development of new roads and car parks. 
  • Reduces your ecological footprint.
  • Cuts down on plastic waste

At Tremenheere we value sustainability and nature, and believe that anything we can do to help as a collective will make a difference, not only to the health and wellbeing of ourselves but to our planet. You can plan your visit and find us here.