Cornwall Coast Path - Falmouth to Mevagissey

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Aside from parts of the Lizard, this 26 mile stretch is the most remote and least spoiled section of the south coast. After an enjoyable ferry ride across Falmouth Bay the path starts at the stunningly beautiful, and relatively unexplored, Roseland peninsula.

Falmouth aerial photo
Falmouth from above
The Falmouth/St Mawes ferry runs all year round, weather permitting, although in order to avoid an extra walk around Gerrans Creek two ferries are actually needed, the latter of which is only available in season. If this is not running then do not despair. The 9-mile diversion is good scenic walking, plus there are occasional buses from St Mawes to Gerrans.

The path first traverses the magnificent St Anthony Head, which belongs to the National Trust, and Zone Point, the southernmost extremity of the Roseland. There is an alluringly inaccessible beach between the two points where you are sure to see grey seals and their pups in autumn.

River Fal from St Anthony Head
View from St Anthony Head
Continue along the cliff to Portscatho, taking in Porthmellion Head, Towan Beach and Greeb Point.

The section between Portscatho and Portloe is strenuous. At low tide it is possible to leave Portscatho via Porthcurnick beach, although if you take the steps instead you will pass a seasonal refreshment hut!

Follow the curve of Gerrans Bay, taking advantage of a low tide to walk along Pendower and Carne Beaches.

View to Carne and Pendower Beaches
View from Nare Head
Do not miss out Nare Head unless you absolutely have to. There are a number of paths across the headland but for the best views of Gull Rock, take the outer one and stay as close to the sea as possible.

Some steep descents and ascents at the Blouth and Straythe are followed by a long descent into Portloe. Cream teas are available at the post office. Follow the road from the quay until it goes down some wide steps and past some cottages. After the Post Office, pick up the path again in a landslip area just before West Portholland. From East Portholland continue along the coast to Porthluney Cove, where there is a seasonal café behind the beach.

Gorran Haven and Little Perhaver beaches
Gorran Haven
Continue around the extensive Veryan Bay to Greeb Point, site of a National Trust campsite. Continue out to the National Trust-owned Dodman Point, a 400 foot headland that was once home to an Iron Age promontory fort. Great views. At the seaward end is a large granite cross and an 18th century coastguard watch-house where it is possible to shelter from the rain.

To the north-east of Dodman Point and protected by it is the small anchorage of Gorran Haven. There are a couple of sandy beaches here, one of which, Vault Beach, is popular with nudists. Gorran Haven itself is a small and picturesque fishing village just two short miles from Mevagissey.