Walks around The Roseland

There are a number of circular walks on both side of The Roseland peninsula. In Veryan Bay there are circular walks around Dodman Point, and to Portloe from either side which could be combined into a longer walk. Circular walks in Gerrans Bay include one from Towan Beach to Portscatho and Portscatho to Pendower Beach. Within Carrick Roads there are some popular circular walks around St Anthony Head and to St Mawes from St Just.

3.4 miles/5.4 km - Moderate

Mevagissey to Portmellon

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

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/6.4 km - Moderate

Towan Beach to Portscatho

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.

4.4 miles/7 km - Moderate

Portscatho to Pendower Beach

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

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

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/9.5 km - Moderate

St Anthony Head

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 - Moderate

St Just-in-Roseland to St Mawes

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

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

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.