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Walks in and around Falmouth

Don your walking shoes and join the modern movement that offers awe-inspiring vistas and exclusive access to some of Falmouth’s most majestic places. 

Walking in and around Falmouth is fast becoming the trend du jour, with old and young scrambling to follow fantastic paths and wildly beautiful trails for ultra exhilarating exploration.

The benefit of the area’s myriad of lanes, footpaths and walkways is that you can set your own itinerary and agenda to suit, whether you wish to sight-see along the seaside or venture into the hinterland’s hidden greenery.

Navigate your way around town on foot for a fabulous foray into walking in Falmouth. Set off in the centre and take in the townscapes, from the docklands and National Maritime Museum round to Mylor and Flushing – let your muse be your master as you whimsically wander the area.

Weave your way round the Pendennis Headland, which takes in the scenic sights of Falmouth Docks and Pendennis Castle. This 2.5-mile walk starts at Custom House Quay before winding past the docks toward Pendennis Point, affording a plethora of show-stopping panoramas.

A trio of treasure trails along the river present varying degrees of difficulty and distance and include the Roseland Ranger, Fal River Challenge and Smugglers Trail. Kids will love solving the clues to find their treasure at the end of a very exciting sightseeing expedition.

Venture slightly off course and inland to walk the Mineral Tramways Coast to Coast trail from Portreath to Devoran, which passes through a diverse range of habitats and landscapes, from the Atlantic fishing port on the north through woodland, valleys and mining landscapes to the picture-postcard pretty harbour village on the south coast.

Coastal walks are a captivating way to blast away the cobwebs and take in some sea air. With a host of routes available, take your pick from Roseland walks to the St Mawes headland and adventure further afield to Trelissick, Helford and Trefusis, where you’ll find paths to suit all walkers.

The South West Coast Path is a world-famous walk that crosses the Fal River entrance, veering both east and west and guaranteeing unparalleled views of the bay, river and accompanying coastline, making it a definite to-do.

From the impossibly quaint, Portloe and The Roseland Heritage Coast on the eastern side of Falmouth to the stunning Helford River and further west to Flushing and Coverack, this section of the South West Coast Path takes in some spellbindingly scenic sights.

Other walking highlights include Rosemullion Head, which will take you on a 6 mile route past the National Trust’s Glendurgan Gardens and submarine gardens of Rosemullion Head; St Anthony Head’s walk along the Roseland coast past the preserved fort and Fraggle Rock lighthouse; the circular route of Maenporth to Budock Water crossing Falmouth’s beaches; and walk from Mylor along the picturesque Carrick Roads creeks to the gorgeous coastal village of Flushing.

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