Take a Road Trip around the Fal River this Autumn Take a Road Trip around the Fal River this Autumn Take a Road Trip around the Fal River this Autumn Take a Road Trip around the Fal River this Autumn

Take a Road Trip around the Fal River this Autumn

18 September

A really special way to explore this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is driving in your very own open top classic convertible.

You can travel around in the utmost style with Perranwell Classic Car Hire and a choice of three classics; a 2 Seater Morgan, a 4 Seater Morgan and a 2 Seater MG. Escape the crowds this Autumn and enjoy the fresh air with the car top down and nothing but stunning scenery for company! 

Autumn in Cornwall is a wonderful time to explore. Everywhere is quieter including the roads, which makes driving so much more fun. 

Perranwell Classic Car Hire have put together this route around the Fal River so you can explore this amazing part of Cornwall in one of their classic open top sports cars. Scroll down to read more about this route around the river, information on the car hire and to download the map! 

The Route

  1. Starting your journey in the quaint village of Perranwell located about halfway between Truro and Falmouth, head for the Helford River.

  2. The Helford River is home to a selection of the many great gardens in Cornwall. Park up and explore Trebah or National Trust Glendurgan. Remember to book your tickets in advance for these sites due to capacity restrictions. 

  3. Continue your journey towards Falmouth, taking in the beautiful beaches en route - Gyllyngvase, Swanpool or Maenporth. Perhaps take some time for a coastal path walk here. It's a particularly good stretch of path for its ocean views and Great British wildlife.

  4. Once in the thriving maritime town of Falmouth, there's plenty to see and do as well as places to eat before continuing up river. You can opt for lunch with a view at Gylly Beach Cafe or enjoy classic Fish & Chips lunch from Harbour Lights or Rick Stein’s.

  5. Continuing the road trip, take in the ancient market town of Penryn, and the delightful harbourside village of Mylor. This part of the drive will take you through a labyrinth of woodlands- simply breathtaking at this time of year, in all their autumn glory.

  6. Rejoin the main A39 road and head North towards Truro. Take a right down the B3289 and cross the Fal River by the iconic King Harry Ferry. It’s a must, if only to say you’ve travelled on one of the top ten ferry crossings in the world.

  7. The ferry crossing marks your arrival into the wild Roseland Peninsula, renowned for its hidden coves, rugged coastline and raw beauty. You’ll want to plan at least half a day to explore this wonderful place. A real must see and do while you are here is a visit to Towan Beach with a stop for refreshments at The Thirstea Co.

  8. Head towards the chocolate box village of St Mawes enjoying the twisting, hedged lined lanes, where the ocean views open up in front of you.

  9. Taking unplanned detours is the best bit about this route. You never know what hidden gem is around the next bend in the lane on the wild Roseland.

  10. Next up the quiet fishing village of Portscatho, and The famous Hidden Hut - no longer a secret but still a gem.

  11. Follow the coast around Gerrans Bay and you will arrive at Carne Beach and the area's only 5 star hotel, The Nare. The hotel welcomes non-residents to it's award winning restaurant The Quarterdeck, and makes for the ideal place to linger and enjoy good food, as well as stunning sea views.

  12. Heading back on the main A390, take in our great little city as you pass through Truro, with it's cobbled streets and majestic cathedral, and why not stop in at The Alverton for Afternoon Tea before heading back down the A39 to Perranwell.