South West Coast Path walks from Maenporth Estate


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These six walks were specially designed for customers of Maenporth Estate, as they all start from the Estate. Leaflets are available to buy from reception, or you can follow them from your phone or save the link and print out the walk using the printer friendly link.

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Maenporth to Swanpool

Distance: 1.7 miles.  Grade: Easy

With its sandy shoreline, clear shallow water and a treasure trove of rock pools, the beach at Maenporth is brilliant place for a picnic – but so is Swanpool beach, for all the same reasons, and it has the added advantage of a nature reserve behind with an abundance of wildlife. This short stroll links the two beaches: walk back the same way, or catch the bus.


Swanpool Nature Reserve

Distance: 4.6 miles.  Grade: Moderate

An important nature reserve and the home of Britain's only Trembling Sea Mat, Swanpool is an unusual lagoon backed by a rare wooded wetland. This gentle walk, with a relatively small amount of ascent and descent, travels on footpaths through a very pastoral area of Falmouth, a world away from its bustling docks and busy streets.


Durgan & Helford Passage

Distance: 4.2 miles.  Grade: Moderate

A stroll around the coast and along the Helford River with its coves and creeks, taking in the picturesque hamlet of Durgan, home port of explorer Captain George Vancouver, and passing two sub-tropical gardens which are open to the public. There is not too much ascent or descent, although the footpaths are narrow and stony in places.


Falmouth Docks

Distance: 5 miles.  Grade: Moderate

A tour of some of the historical features of the British Empire's second most important port, with its coastal artillery defences, the docks built after more than 16 thousand vessels visited in a nine-year period, and the Custom House Quay where the famous packet ships carried the post. A mostly level walk on pavements and good paths, with one steep hill to climb.


Pendennis Castle

Distance: 3.9 miles.  Grade: Easy

A visit to Pendennis Point, where there have been fortifications defending Falmouth's waterways for over two millennia. Also taking in the sandy beach at Gyllyngvase and the exotic plants along the seafront, the walk is mostly flat and on easy paths and pavements.



Distance: 5.3 miles.  Grade: Moderate

Starting as a headland walk with wide-ranging coastal views and banks of vivid wildflowers, this route sweeps into the inland waterways of the Helford River, where the Secret Intelligence Service based a flotilla for night-time missions across the Channel to France. None of the ascent or descent is steep, and the paths, though narrow, are along mostly easy terrain.