A great walk that kids (and dogs!) love around the National Trust Trelissick Garden along the banks of the Fal River.
From the car park at Trelissick head south down the hill towards Channals Creek.
When you reach the beach at the base of the hill turn left and pick up the path that runs north along the shores of the steeply sided river.
When you reach the road continue ahead into Woodland Walk North. Before you get to the bottom of the hill take the footpath on the left hand side.
After climbing the steps follow the well maintained path north along the steep sided shores of the river.
After half a mile the path turns west leaving the main river and following the shore of Lamouth Creek.
After half a mile you will reach the head of the creek and the path will split. Turn left and climb the valley to the B3289.
When you get to the gate carefully cross the busy road and enter the facing gate on the other side of the road. The path will then take you back to the Trelissick car park.
Starting Point: Trelissick Garden
Distance: 2.5 miles
Duration: 1.5 hours plus return time
End Point: Circular walk
On the way: The walk takes you through the National Trust's Trelissick Garden. The cafe is a great place to have a break. You'll also go past the King Harry Ferry - one of the top ten ferry crossings in the world!
Detailed walk information
Starting off from the National Trust Trelissick car park walk through the long metal gates, south, down the concrete path towards the water until you get to a t junction 100 metres down. The path to the beach then continues at a 45-degree angle downhill on the grass. Ignore the concrete path going left or right. You will start to see the beach as one reaches the brow of the hill.
Trelissick was originally a farm and through a succession of owners, including the mining family of Thomas “Guinea-a-minute” Daniell, the estate with its large house, formal grounds and paths were created. Other owners include Viscount Falmouth of Tregothnan and the Copeland’s, owners of the Spode china company, who in the 1950’s bequeathed the land to the National Trust.
At the bottom of the hill is Channals Creek and the opposite bank is Turnaware Point one of the embarkation points for the D-Day landings. The Americans built a concrete drive of over a mile all the way down to the point from Carwarthen up on the hill opposite. Channals Creek enjoys a great view down the Carrick Roads to the entrance between Falmouth and St Mawes.
Keeping to the foreshore take the path to the left. There are a variety of trees from old oaks, yews, hazel, ash and beech and after about twenty minutes you arrive at the King Harry Ferry. Do not take the zig zag path on the right but continue around the corner veering left as though you are going into the gardens of Trelissick. There are steps to the right down to the road leading to the ferry. Across the road is a sign that says woodland walk. Walk up the steps and take the path with the river on the right. Here at the bend in the river there are often very large ocean going ships at anchor. To see such large vessels in the confines of the thin valley underlines the fact that the Fal is a Ria, a deep-water river valley originally cut out by ice melt water before the sea levels rose. Fjord like it is extremely deep and often as many as 6 ships will be at this point in the river.
The path bends to the left into Lamouth Creek and on the opposite side of the creek is another path that takes you to the Iron Age Roundwood settlement. It is worth a detour and would add about an hour to this short walk. As one gets to the head of the creek you will see the bridge that takes you over to Roundwood. Before this on the path is a sign indicating that straight ahead is Wrinkling Lane. To the left is Trelissick via a zig zag path uphill. Take this path to the left. With views back up the Fal River you come out onto the main road. Cross it going through the gate at the Old Lodge and turn left into the field descending down to a gate that goes back to the car park.
Public transport information
Ferry from Falmouth to Trelissick.
Nearest Toilets and Nearest Disabled Toilets
Toilets and shop in the grounds of Trelissick.
Nearest Car parks and Nearest Car Parks with disabled provision
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