Our local section of the South West Coast Path runs from Falmouth around into the Helford where it crosses by ferry to Helford village and continues all the way round the Lizard to Loe Bar, Helston and Porthleven. It’s a beautiful walk, but if you can’t spare the time to do it all, there are many places nearby where you can do a convenient circular walk taking in part of the coast path. Here are three of our favourites:
Rosemullion Head and Mawnan Shear
This lovely walk around Rosemullion Head and into the Helford offers some of the most beautiful views in the area. Park at Mawnan Church and walk back up the road to take the track towards Nansidwell Farm. Cross a steep field with wonderful views of Falmouth Bay and turn right on to the coast path. Follow the path all the way around the Rosemullion Head and Mawnan Shear to Porthallack, then come back up the valley to your car. It’s very easy to break this walk up into smaller sections as shown on the map below.
Carwinion Valley, Porth Saxon and Candy’s Gate
One of our best local walks, this circuit combines ancient woodlands, a lovely beach, great views of the Helford and a delightful free garden. Park in the National Trust car park above Durgan and walk back up the road to a stile on your right. The path leads behind several houses and soon joins the downhill trail through the Carwinion valley to Port Saxon. You’ll want to linger on the beach before striking west along the river through a great open meadow with wonderful river views. If you pass in front of the grand house at Bosloe, you can turn left and down the hill into Durgan or right and back to the car park. Alternatively, cross the meadow diagonally and go through Candy’s Gate; a delightful little garden full of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, magnolias and a lovely ginko.
Trebah, Durgan and Helford Passage
Park near the bus stop at the top of the road down to Helford Passage and take the track on the corner behind you which leads past the entrance to Trebah. Keep going across the top of a field until you reach a rocky path leading down to Durgan. From there head west along the river and behind the beach at Polgwidden Cove. You’ll find yourself on an old road made by the Americans in preparation for the D-day landings. Stay close to the river and you’ll emerge at the end of the beach by the Ferry Boat Inn. Take some refreshment before heading back up the hill to your car.