Our Guide to the South West Coastal Path
3 July 2018
The coastline surrounding the Fal River area forms one of the most popular, beautiful and diverse sections of the South West Coast Path. Read on and discover why you should let your adventures start here!
Check out our walkers guide below, packed full of useful information including recommendations on where to eat, drink, sleep & things to see and do along the way.
Sail on the Place Ferry
Crossing the tranquil waters of St Mawes Harbour and operating seven days a week, the Place Ferry forms an important and must-experience feature of the South West Coast Path.
Along with the St Mawes Ferry, The Place Ferry not only makes up part of the Path, but from Place Creek passengers can head out on a selection of achievable circular walks around the the Roseland Peninsula.
If you like your beaches a little wild and away from the crowds then you are in for a treat along the South West Coastal Path where you can quite often find a sandy cove all to yourself!
Be sure to check out our Roseland Beach Guide and get familiar with the best beaches along the route.
Quench your Thirst!
On your way past Towan Beach at the southernmost tip of the Gerrans Bay, take a slight detour to Thirstea Co.
Find the Hidden Hut
Found tucked away along the Coastal Path between Portscatho, The Hidden Hut is a rustic beach cafethat shot to fame following their appearance on ITV's 'Cornwall with Caroline Quentin'.
During the day, the hut serves a small menu of simple freshly-made refreshments. No need to book, just turn up and order. All items can be packed into a takeaway. No deep-fat fryers, just a simple outdoor stove and indoor bakery oven.
Discover our coastal heritage
The Coast Path has a long and diverse history, much of it following the route used by the coastguards and excise officers on the watch for smugglers. You will be following in the footsteps of people living, working and even fighting along our coastline for centuries.
Some of the most interesting sites to look out for include Henry VIII’s Pendennis Castle, it's partner castle across the water at St Mawes and the many surrounding fortifications defending Falmouth's waterways, the medieval church at Place Creek, St Anthony’s Lighthouse, built in 1835 and the Cold War bunker at Veryan.
Stay the Night!
There is a huge variety of accommodation along this section of the South West Coast Path. If you are walking for several days in a row then you will need to book accommodation well ahead, especially in the peak season.
Here's a few of our Top Accomodation Picks within a stones throw of the path;
- The Nare Hotel, Carne Beach
- The Rosevine, Porthcurnick
- Trewince Holiday Lodges, nr Portscatho
- St Anthony in Roseland Cottages, Ste Anthony
- St Mawes Hotel, St Mawes
- Callies Cottage, Falmouth
- St Michaels Hotel and Spa, Falmouth
- Pennance Mill Campsite, Falmouth
For a comprehensive list of Hotels, B&B's and Campsites in the area check out our Places to Stay.