Swanpool beach - circular walks

Swanpool beach

The beach at Swanpool, Cornwall

There's a sandy beach at all states of the tide at Swanpool although it can get fairly narrow at high tide. The beach is in the lee of Pennance Point and faces southeast so it's sunny and sheltered. Due to its proximity to Falmouth and because it's quite a small beach, it can get pretty crowded in summer. There are reefs either side of the beach so seaweed often washes ashore after storms, usually in the autumn. This can be quite smelly for a couple of weeks when it decays.

Circular walks visiting Swanpool beach

  • 5.3 miles/8.6 km - Easy-moderate

    Falmouth and Pendennis Head

    Blockhouse on Pendennis Point

    Falmouth and Pendennis Head

    5.3 miles/8.6 km - Easy-moderate

    A circular walk around the thriving town of Falmouth, which didn't exist until Elizabethan times when Sir Walter Raleigh suggested that the largest natural harbour in Europe would be a good place to build a port town.

  • 7.2 miles/11.5 km - Moderate

    Maenporth to Budock Water


    Maenporth to Budock Water

    7.2 miles/11.5 km - Moderate

    A circular walk between the beaches in Falmouth Bay and where one of the most dangerous marine rescues of modern times took place, requiring the rescue helicopter to fly backwards.

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