above: Springtime in the woods
Duration / Distance: 45 minutes / 1.5 miles
Terrain: Steep up and down on grassy paths. Stiles at Cotna.
Overview: Recently planted community woodland with few visitors, good views of nearby fields, woods and hills with sea in the distance at Portmellon.
Leave Cotna through entrance way then immediately right along the hedge of the oval field. Over the stile on the right, cross 2 horse fields on the path, then over the 3rd stile and down steep grassy hill in Sanctuary Wood.
At bottom keep going down to the left; cross the stream and go steeply uphill then left along the top of the ridge: at the bench pause and look back at the view to the sea. Continue to the end of the ridge then turn left back down to the stream and 2nd bridge at the bottom. Over the bridge head steeply back up to the stile back into the neighbouring horse fields at the top. Watch for the tower of Gorran church appearing over the skyline as the path slightly changes direction.