Explore the River this Summer with a Fal Mussel Card
29 June 2017
When it comes to summer adventures there's no place quite like the Fal River and the best, most cost effective way to experience the beauty of the area is with a Fal Mussel Card.
Criss cross crystal clear waters, discover hidden beaches and sail through world class scenery with unlimited hop-on hop-off travel on a network of classic ferries, rural bus services and trains.
The Mussel Card is the perfect travel companion for enjoying wonderful days out all around the river.
There are numerous ways to make the most of it, from mini adventures to day long excursions- here are a few ideas to get you going!
Falmouth > St Mawes > Truro > Falmouth
Starting in Falmouth, hop on the St Mawes Ferry from Prince of Wales Pier, or Custom House Quay over to the idyllic village of St Mawes.
The picturesque old fishing port boasts steep and narrow streets rising from the harbour where you will find a range of pubs, cafes, restaurants, independent shops and galleries to explore. The village also offers two fine sandy beaches and choice of great watersport activities.
From St Mawes, catch the Enterprise Boat to the cathedral city of Truro. This scenic river trip is one of the most beautiful in the world; sailing through an Area of Natural Beauty and Special Area of Conservation.
Getting back? You can either use the Maritime Train Line back to Falmouth or jump on the U1 or U2 bus, both included in the price of you Mussel Card – alternatively, use the Enterprise boat as return transport back to Falmouth – see timetable here.
Use your Mussel Card on: St Mawes Ferry, Enterprise Boats / Bus / Train
Falmouth > St Mawes > St Anthony (return)
Ditch the car for the day and jump on the Park & Float service from Ponsharden to Falmouth.
The scenic boat journey on board a classic wooden ferry arrives at Custom House Quay, where you can stay a while and wander down the Falmouth High Street, or use the connecting service to St Mawes.
St Mawes is a good centre from which to explore the many attractive villages and secret beaches of the Roseland Peninsula. Continue your adventure by catching the Place Ferry across the beautiful harbour waters to Place Creek. From the ferry landing you are on the Coast Path. Follow the Roseland Ramble Walk and enjoy the spectacular scenery on offer as you complete the circular walk.
Falmouth > St Mawes > St Just in Roseland > Trelissick > Falmouth
Catch the ferry over to St Mawes and head towards the castle to pick up the coastal path towards St Just along the shores of the Carrick Roads.
When you arrive at St Just take a break and explore the stunning 13th Century church surrounded by subtropical gardens. Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman once described it as 'the most beautiful on earth'.
Continue on from St Just along the coast path then join the road for a short time until you reach the King Harry Ferry.
From here you can cross over to Trelissick Pontoon, where you have two options: be collected by the Enterprise Boat or use one of several woodland walks to reach Playing Place where you can use the U1 or U2 bus service to return to Falmouth.
Roseland > Falmouth (return)
If you are based in St Mawes or on the Roseland Peninsula side of the river, then let the chains take the strain by using the King Harry Ferry to cross the river by car.
Make your way to Falmouth, and remove the hassle of parking by using the Park & Float service, arriving into Falmouth in style.
Falmouth is bustling with activity all year round, playing host to a wide range of cafes, shops, galleries and bars as well as being home to two of Cornwall's top attractions National Maritime Museum and Pendennis Castle.
Falmouth > Truro (return)
Starting in Falmouth, park up at Ponsharden and catch the Park & Float ferry into town.
Your next connection at Prince of Wales Pier, is a short 10 minute walk away so take your time to strolling down the highstreet and discover the eclectic mix of boutiques, independent shops, coffeeshops, hidden courtyards.
When you reach the Prince of Wales Pier, hop on the Enterprise Boat to Truro. From here you have two options; jump off at Trelissick and explore the sub-tropical gardens and acres upon acres of surrounding woodland, or continue on to Cornwall's Capital Truro, steeped in history and awe-inspiring architecture, where there is plenty to see and do.
Grab yourself a Fal Mussel Card today and let your summer adventures begin!