Autumn Dog Walks Around the River
There is perhaps no better time to enjoy the stunning scenery of the Fal River area than autumn.
The woodland glades are transformed into a blaze of autumnal splendour, the roads are quieter, and the beaches often deserted. For dog walkers there’s the bonus that the dog ban that is in place on most Cornish beaches during the summer months is generally lifted for the winter season, which runs from the end of September until the 1st May, although it’s always worth checking beforehand.
Autumnal walking in the Fal River area is a sheer delight for both owner and dog, the walking is undemanding, but the range of scenery is spectacular, from the wooded glory of oak, yew, hazel, ash and beech to sweeping vistas from rugged cliff tops.
Although the footpaths are well established, and the area is well frequented it is still important to prepare for your walks. If you are walking alone, always ensure that you have informed someone of your route and the time of your expected return. It’s easy to twist an ankle scrambling over rocks so be sure and always carry a phone. The same level of risk also applies to your dog, even the most sure-footed canine can sustain an injury during an over excited scamper on unfamiliar terrain. Check your pet’s insurance policy and make changes if necessary, to ensure that you will be covered in the event of an injury. Wear sturdy footwear with plenty of grip and take waterproof clothing, even if the day seems fine and don’t forget to carry some refreshment. Retractable leads are great for allowing your dog to have a good run on the beach, but they can be dangerous in other situations, particularly if your walk crosses a busy road. Always keep your dog close and under control and if your dog is prone to pulling, try using a front clip harness.
There are more than 150 miles of walking trails in the Fal River area so here are just three suggestions to whet your appetite.
This is a delightful circular walk which takes you along the banks of the Fal and through the Trelissick Gardens. It’s two and a half miles in length, which should take you around one and a half hours, unless of course you choose to stop at the Trelissick Café for a leisurely coffee.
Rather more challenging, this is a seven mile walk which takes you along the banks of the Fal, from St. Mawes to the ferry at King Harry Reach. The walk will take between four and five hours and at its conclusion you can take the ferry across the river and then catch the Enterprise boat back to Falmouth. En route, you’ll pass the church of St. Just with a churchyard that Sir John Betjeman described as ‘the most beautiful on earth’.