Walking around St Mawes, Portscatho & The Roseland
Walking around The Roseland Peninsula, CornwallOur St Mawes Holiday Cottages are ideally situated for walking holidays in Cornwall.
The following are all circular walks that take in some of the best scenery around the Roseland. You can drive to all the start points, but in the case of the St Anthony or the Froe Creek walk, you can take the little Place Ferry and join the walks at their mid point. Please do note that these are only brief instructions and we would recommend purchasing a map! Alternatively there is an excellent little book available called "Classic Walks of Cornwall" available from local outlets.
St Mawes to St Just in Roseland (about 2 hours but could be longer if you spend time at the Church)
From St Mawes harbour walk up to the Castle and then bear left down along Lower Castle Drive. The footpath follows the coast north to St Just and the delightful church. There is a public footpath that then ascends to the ridge and along fields alongside the main road back to St Mawes where you can choose your route back down to the harbour.
St Anthony's Headland (about 2 hours)
Drive through Gerrans and follow the signs to St Anthonys Head. Park in the main National Trust car park for the Battery and Lighthouse. You can then join the Coast Path by walking past the right hand turn to the Lighthouse and joining the path which passes above the toilet block. Follow the Coast Path until you reach Porthbeor Beach where you can turn left up to the road. Turn right here and then left towards the village of Borhortha where you should then follow the public footpath to the Church of St Anthony. Cross over the lane at the bottom and take the opposite stile to reach St Anthony Church which really is worth a look inside. You can join this walk here if you have taken the Place Ferry from St Mawes. Continue along the footpath and follow the country lane until you reach a stile to your left and a sign indicating the Coastal Path to St Anthony Head. Once you reach the brow of the hill you get a superb view of St Mawes and Falmouth. Follow the footpath all the way back to the Lighthouse and your start point.
Porthmellin Head, The Percuil River & Froe Creek (about 2 hours)
Drive as if going to the Lighthouse at St Anthony, but park in the Porth Farm car park shortly after going past Froe. Cross the road down towards Towan Beach and turn right along the Coastal Footpath, around Porthmellin Head to Porthbeor Beach. Turn right up to the lane and then right again to the village of Borhortha and take the footpath towards Place Quay. Upon reaching the quay turn right along to the Place Ferry landing stage. Those joining from the Place Ferry can join the walk here. Continue along the creekside path with lovely views of St Mawes and the Percuil River. The path follows the woods then over a stile, through a field and then into some more woods and along the Froe Creek before eventually you reach a little footbridge. Turn right through the woods back to Porth Farm.
Portloe to Nare Head, Carne & Veryan (allow 4 hours walking plus lunch)
This is a superb walk if you have the time or inclination to do it. Make a day of it because you do just see the most fantastic scenery and there are 2 pubs and 2 hotels en route where you can choose to have lunch! The best place to start is probably Carne Beach car park close to the Nare Hotel. Follow the signs through Veryan for Portloe and then Carne Beach. Leave Carne along the Coast Path towards Nare Head. When you reach Nare Head itself, do be sure to take the little path to the end for the view over Gerrans Bay. Continue along the Coast Path from Nare Head, around Kiberick Cove and the dramatic coastline until you reach Portloe. The Ship is the perferct place to have a drink and sandwich at lunchtime before continuing up the lane. Just as you get to the edge of the village, take the public footpath to the right towards Trewartha Hall and then straight on through the hamlet of Trewartha. You will come to the main road next to Jago Cottage where you should turn left then right along a footpath into Veryan. You can stop for refreshments at the New Inn before continuing on the Carne Road past the Roundhouses. Just after Churchtown farm there is a footpath to your left towards Carne and then you can follow the lane back to your car. Or a cream tea at the Nare Hotel!
Messack Point (allow 1.5 hours)
Take the King Harry Ferry road from St Just in Roseland and turn left at the sign to Roundhouse Barns. Just before you go onto the private road to Commerrans, park close to the hedge on the left. The footpath starts just on the left hand side of the road. Passing along the edges of a couple of fields, you eventually go through a gateway and follow a further field hedge, this time on your left before coming to a kissing gate. Take the lower path which takes you along the beautiful woods and around Messack Point. A very steep hill climbs away from the point until you reach the lane and a further footpath down towards the St Just Creek. Follow the path along until you reach the footpath junction at the head of the creek and then turn left, up through the woods and back to your car at the top.