Little & Great Molunan Walk
Little & Great Molunan Walk
Set in the shelter of St Anthony Lighthouse and headland, Great Molunan overlooks the Carrick Roads and Falmouth harbour.
A picturesque cove with a sandy beach and plenty of quirky nooks and crannies to explore.
Access is down a steep set of steps from the headland car park or via the footpath from Place. One of the only beaches sheltered in easterly sea breezes. It's a great place for snorkelling if you want to brave the water.
Get onboard the Place Ferry from St Mawes for the short trip across the harbour. The ferry runs at half past and on the hour from St Mawes.
When you get off the ferry follow the South West Coast Path towards St Anthony Head.
When you arrive at the headland head down to the beach and walk barefoot on the white sand of Molunan Beach and if you’re feeling adventurous, take a swim in its crystal clear waters.
Although this isolated little beach is only a 45 minute walk from Place, its tranquil isolation and captivating seclusion make it a real treat for anyone looking to get away from it all.
Starting Point: Place Ferry landing
Distance: 2 miles
Duration: 1.5 hours plus time for the beach
End Point: Circular walk
On the way: St Anthony Lighthouse and two of Cornwall's most secluded and prettiest beaches. Stunning scenery everywhere you look.
Detailed walk information
Starting from Place Ferry, if you turn left up into the woodlands you will be rewarded with old oaks, hazel, sweet chestnut and many ferns. Returning to the ferry carry on the path to a gate with Place House to your right. To the left is a path that takes you up to Bohortha. To the right through the gate and left takes you up past the entrance to Place House. At the first footpath on your right go into the churchyard. The church, founded in the 12th Century, is always open for a visit. There is an old granite coffin in the churchyard and the entrance is made of Jurassic limestone from Caen, Normandy.
The Spry family (presently the Spry Grant-Dalton family) have historic links to the house and church. Originally an Augustine monastery in the 11th Century the House has been a Tudor and Victorian mansion, ransacked with the stone being used in the formation of the St Mawes’ sea wall.
Take the steps in front of the church door up and it veers to the right. At the top of the steps look left for some beehives. Turn right and follow the path with Place House now on your right. The path takes you around to Cellars Beach and the houses along this path have private entrances. Walk up hill with two lone trees in the field to your left. Go through the kissing gate at the top. This takes you to Amsterdam Point with wonderful views of St Mawes and Falmouth with Pendennis castle and St Mawes castle visible.
Take the path diagonally down to the left and not the path along the top of the field immediately left. This is Carricknath Point where the pinewood begins. The path undulates up and down and follows the edge of the entrance to the Carrick Roads. Great views across to Falmouth. As the path flattens out into a field there is a path that runs down to the edge of the field. This is the way down to Great Molunan beach. If you get to the bridge then you have gone too far. The beach is sandy and best visited at low tide.
From the beach retrace your steps to the path and head right towards the St Anthony’s lighthouse. Walk up the steep slope to your left and after 50 metres at the first path that leads to the right decide whether you want to take this to visit the bird hide, where peregrine falcons nest on the opposite cliff face, and the sheltered look out/ex gun emplacement or carry on up to the car park and café. Turn right to get to the toilets and St Anthony’s head look out where one can see the Lizard peninsula, over to Falmouth, up the River Fal and the entrance to the Helford River. Return to the car park and head down Military Road to a T-junction. Turn left down the road to Place house and the church, through the kissing gate at the quay and left back to Place Ferry.
Public transport information
Ferry from St Mawes to Place.
Nearest Toilets and Nearest Disabled Toilets
Toilets on St Anthony’s head.
Nearest Car parks and Nearest Car Parks with disabled provision
At St Anthony’s Head.
Café on St Anthony’s Head -seasonal.
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