Walks in South Coast Central AONB

  • 4.1 miles/6.5 km - Easy-moderate

    Mylor to Flushing

    Mylor to Flushing

    4.1 miles/6.5 km - Easy-moderate

    A circular walk from Mylor along the creeks of Carrick Roads to Flushing which was named after a town in Holland when Dutch engineers built the quays, and where ships' captains would keep a watchful eye over Falmouth Harbour from their tall houses.

  • 5.9 miles/9.5 km - Easy-moderate

    St Anthony Head

    St Anthony Head

    5.9 miles/9.5 km - Easy-moderate

    A walk along the Roseland coast and creeks opposite St Mawes, passing the preserved fort and Fraggle Rock lighthouse on St Anthony Head and the golden sandy beaches of Molunan.

  • 6.1 miles/9.8 km - Easy-moderate

    Feock to Devoran

    Feock to Devoran

    6.1 miles/9.8 km - Easy-moderate

    A circular walk to the Victorian-engineered town of Devoran which was once the largest mining port in Cornwall, and along Restronguet Creek on the route of the railway that lead from the ore bins and smelting houses to the mines of Redruth

  • 3.4 miles/5.4 km - Moderate

    Mevagissey to Portmellon

    Mevagissey to Portmellon

    3.4 miles/5.4 km - Moderate

    A circular walk from the busy fishing port of Mevagissey into the Portmellon Valley and through the West Bodrugan Woods nature reserve to the beachside village of Portmellon where boats have been built for hundreds of years, and still are.

  • 3.9 miles/6.3 km - Moderate

    St Just to Messack Point

    St Just to Messack Point

    3.9 miles/6.3 km - Moderate

    A circular walk along both sides of St Just creek to Messack Point where there are spectacular views over one of the largest natural harbours in the world.

  • 4 miles/6.5 km - Moderate

    Mylor and Restronguet Creeks

    Mylor and Restronguet Creeks

    4 miles/6.5 km - Moderate

    A circular walk along the Mylor and Restronguet creeks via the Pandora Inn, said to be once owned and renamed by the captain of HMS Pandora sent to capture mutineers from The Bounty, and where a passing-boat was kept to connect the post road between Falmouth and Truro, summoned by a bell on the other side of the creek.

  • 4 miles/6.4 km - Moderate

    Towan Beach to Portscatho

    Towan Beach to Portscatho

    4 miles/6.4 km - Moderate

    A circular walk on the Roseland coast where, during the Napoleonic Wars, smugglers would row out to the middle of The Channel in pilot gigs to trade with the enemy.

  • 4.2 miles/6.7 km - Moderate

    Coombe and Old Kea

    Coombe and Old Kea

    4.2 miles/6.7 km - Moderate

    A circular walk on the creeks of the Fal river network settled by Celtic monks where the ruin of a huge mediaeval church still towers above the trees

  • 4.4 miles/7 km - Moderate

    Portscatho to Pendower Beach

    Portscatho to Pendower Beach

    4.4 miles/7 km - Moderate

    A circular walk along two miles of beaches around Gerrans Bay which were once used by Portscatho smugglers to land contraband and strewn with the wreckage of sailing ships that overshot Falmouth Harbour and ran aground on The Whelps reef.

  • 4.9 miles/7.9 km - Moderate

    Gorran Haven to Dodman Point

    Gorran Haven to Dodman Point

    4.9 miles/7.9 km - Moderate

    A circular walk on the Roseland from the fishing village of Gorran Haven to the remote, sandy Hemmick Beach via The Deadman's Point of old nautical maps, still marked with a huge cross to warn sailors of the perilous lee shores, and Vault Beach where the wreckage washed ashore.

  • 5.2 miles/8.4 km - Moderate

    Pendower Beach to Veryan

    Pendower Beach to Veryan

    5.2 miles/8.4 km - Moderate

    A circular walk from Pendower Beach to Veryan via Nare Head where, in Victorian times, an unhappily married fisherman lived alone the in cliff-edge cottage, lowering his boat on a rope over the cliff and returning once a week to Veryan to bring his wife fish.

  • 5.9 miles/9.6 km - Moderate

    Gorran Haven to Portmellon

    Gorran Haven to Portmellon

    5.9 miles/9.6 km - Moderate

    A circular walk from Gorran Haven to Portmellon via the sheer cliffs from which Henry Bodrugan leapt to escape execution and sheltered Colona Beach, returning through West Bodrugan Woods Nature Reserve and via Gorran church which now has some of the finest bells in the country.

  • 6.1 miles/9.8 km - Moderate

    St Just-in-Roseland to St Mawes

    St Just-in-Roseland to St Mawes

    6.1 miles/9.8 km - Moderate

    A circular walk on the Roseland peninsula to St Mawes from the subtropical gardens of St Just church, along Carrick Roads where Europe's only fishery entirely under sail catch oysters using the traditional methods that have sustained their stocks.

  • 3.9 miles/6.3 km - Moderate-strenuous

    Portholland to Portloe

    Portholland to Portloe

    3.9 miles/6.3 km - Moderate-strenuous

    A circular walk with lovely views of Veryan Bay to the pretty fishing village of Portloe from West Portholland where one of the last of Cornwall's mediaeval coastal farmsteads has survived.

  • 5.2 miles/8.3 km - Moderate-strenuous

    Nare Head to Portloe

    Nare Head to Portloe

    5.2 miles/8.3 km - Moderate-strenuous

    A circular walk around Nare Head, past the restored Cold War nuclear bunker, to the pretty fishing village Portloe, with views along the length of The Roseland coast and over The Whelps reef - a graveyard for sailing ships that misjudged the entrance to Falmouth.

  • 5.3 miles/8.5 km - Moderate-strenuous

    Pentewan, Heligan and Mevagissey

    Pentewan, Heligan and Mevagissey

    5.3 miles/8.5 km - Moderate-strenuous

    A circular walk from Pentewan to Mevagissey via The Lost Gardens of Heligan which were discovered in the 1990s after 7 decades of neglect and what followed The Times described as "The garden restoration of the century".

  • 7.6 miles/12.3 km - Moderate-strenuous

    Mevagissey to Charlestown

    Mevagissey to Charlestown

    7.6 miles/12.3 km - Moderate-strenuous

    A (bus-assisted) one-way coastal walk from the fishing port of Mevagissey to Charlestown - one of the best-preserved Georgian ports in the world and an engineering masterpiece which included a seven-mile-long leat.

  • 5 miles/9 km - Strenuous

    Porthpean to Black Head

    Porthpean to Black Head

    5 miles/9 km - Strenuous

    A circular walk from the sandy beach at Porthpean, past the brilliant white shingle beaches at Silvermine to the Iron Age fort on Black Head, returning via the site of an Iron Age metal works with spectacular views over St Austell Bay.

  • 6.6 miles/10.6 km - Strenuous

    Pentewan Valley and Black Head

    Pentewan Valley and Black Head

    6.6 miles/10.6 km - Strenuous

    A circular walk from the lost port of Pentewan along the coast to the remains of the Iron Age fort overlooking St Austell Bay on Black Head, returning via the nature reserve that was once the King's wood and the trackbed of the horse-drawn tramway used for china clay and Sunday School outings.

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