Walk - Falmouth to Portloe

13.6 miles (21.9 km)

Falmouth Portloe

Challenging - Easy to strenuous

Leaving Falmouth harbour, reputed to be the third largest natural harbour in the world and once the second busiest port of the British Empire, you set off across the Fal to another of Cornwall’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty: The Roseland Peninsula.

There are magnificent views back to Falmouth and the River Fal from the windswept stretches around Carricknath Point and St Anthony Head. The Path offers fairly easy walking until the approach to Nare Head and Portloe beyond, where you will find several steep ascents and descents and walking becomes a lot more strenuous. The Path twists and plummets in places through wooded areas and across high open fields until the welcome descent into Portloe.

There are a range of wonderful places to lay your head near the Coast Path for a well-earned sleep. From large and luxurious hotels, to small and personable B&B's, as well as self-catering options and campsites. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

Ship & Castle Hotel

Beside the harbour of nautical St Mawes with winding streets and ancient castle, this peaceful spot is an ideal base for a leisurely holiday

Carradale

A warm welcome awaits in this unspoilt picturesque fishing village. Views across the valley and sea. One bedroom is on the ground floor.

Bragnaza B&B, St Mawes

Stunning views of the harbour and bay from our Regency home. The perfect base to explore locally. Ample parking, free wifi, style and elegance.

Treverbyn House B&B

Friendly clean B&B situated near the Coast Path. We offer a packed lunch if ordered when booking & early breakast.

Portscatho Holidays Limited

Properties from converted stables to large luxury homes, including properties with sea views, Wi-Fi, parking, fires and wood burning stoves, many accepting pets.

Broom Parc B&B, Veryan

Broom Parc, a beautiful Edwardian property stands alone in a stunning clifftop position. "If you saw the "Camomile Lawn" on TV, you will have been here before."

Corfingle B&B, Portloe

Idyllic B&B accommodation, perfectly situated for the South West Coast Path in Portloe, a gem on the Roseland peninsula.

Trenona Farm Holidays, The Roseland

B&B & self-catering holiday accommodation on a working farm on the Roseland. Quiet rural location close to beautiful beaches and South West Coast Path.

The Rosevine

We are a boutique-apart hotel welcoming family, friends & couples to escape and enjoy a holiday in Cornwall

Seaview Inn, Falmouth

A traditional pub offering stunning views of the harbour, 3 ensuite rooms with sea views and a good selection of food and real ales.

Falmouth Lodge Backpackers, Falmouth

Convenient, comfortable and friendly – Falmouth Lodge is only 2 mins from the SWCP – as well as only 5 mins from town for supper, and the train station for starts and finishes.

The Westcott, Falmouth

We are a friendly, family-run guest house offering good-quality, comfortable accommodation a few minutes from the South West Coast Path. Free wi-fi, AA 4* and a great breakfast to start the day.

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Highlights

  • Exploring the shops and art galleries of Falmouth and maybe visiting The National Maritime Museum. Open daily from 10.00-17.00.
  • The ferry trips to St Mawes and then to Place. The second ferry from St Mawes to Place only operates from Good Friday until the end of October. See the Fal River Links website for more information. There may be an out of season water taxi available, otherwise you will need to take a bus for part of the journey or walk an additional 8 miles around the head of the Percuil River.
  • St Mawes Castle: built in 1538 and now owned by English Heritage, the castle was another of Henry VIII’s defenses against a possible invasion from the combined forces of the Pope, Spain and France. Built in the form of a clover leaf, the castle retains much of its Tudor design. For admission details tel: 01326 270526.
  • St Anthony’s Lighthouse: built in 1835, the lighthouse once had the largest bell in Cornwall until it was replaced by a fog horn in 1954.
  • The birds of St Anthony Head and Zone Point. You may see kittewakes, gannets, fulmars, shags and cormorants.
  • Fantastic views to Nare Head and the Dodman from Zone Point. You may also see grey seals from here and at Killigerran.
  • Rock-pooling on Porthbeor Beach at low tide.
  • Views back to the west from Porthmellin Head.
  • Spotting the Dartmoor ponies at Treluggan Cliff (between Porthcurnick Beach and Pendower and Carne). They have been brought here to graze in order to keep the scrub and bracken down and therefore encourage other plants and wildlife.
  • Enjoying refreshments in the little village of Portscatho, once famous for its pilchard fishing and more recently seen as the location for the filming of the television series The Chamomile Lawn. Now attached to the village of Gerrans, with its landmark medieval church spire, there are a number of refreshment options available between the two villages.
  • The beautiful sands of Porthcurnick Beach.
  • The National Trust beaches of Pendower and Carne, which join to make one beautiful expanse of sand at low tide. There are two Second World War pillboxes near the car park behind the beach.
  • Watching the birds of Gull Rock from the crags of Nare Head.
  • Views on the approach to the unspoilt fishing village of Portloe and its tiny harbour.

Shorter option

Portscatho (6.2 miles, 10 km).

Longer option

It is not easy to lengthen this walk, due to a lack of accommodation close to the Path.

Public transport

Falmouth is the termimus of the scenic Maritime railway line (change off the mainline at Truro). Regular buses run between Truro and Portloe.  For timetable information, zoom in on the interactive map and click on the train station and bus stop symbols, visit Traveline or phone 0871 200 22 33.

For information about availability of the ferries across from Falmouth to Place at the start of the walk check our Ferry & Estuaries page.

 

 

Parking

Falmouth (Postcode for Sat Navs: TR11 3HX), St Mawes, St Anthony Head, above Towan Beach, Gerrans, Portscatho, Porthcurnick, Pendower Beach, Carne Beach, inland from Kiberick Cove, just before Manare Point and Portloe.

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