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Walking holidays in Cornwall on the South West Coast Path: Helford-Falmouth-Fowey

This is a mixture of official coastal path walking and interesting local additions along a part of the coastal path that includes fabulous views across bays, rivers and inlets that constitute Cornwall’s best sailing areas.

The walk starts in Helford and gives you time to explore some of the exquisite local gardens as well as walks on the banks of the Helford river and round Frenchman’s creek. The walk then follows the coastal path to Fowey, except day 4, which takes you on a fabulous route around the great natural inlet of Carrick roads. It involves 2 ferry rides and a visit to one of Cornwall’s most famous pubs.

The coastal path starts at Helford Passage, it goes around the bottom of Trebah Gardens to Durgan and then along through the magical woods around Toll point and then onto the Rosemullion Head.  The views here south towards Manacle Point and north east towards the distinctive white lighthouse of St Anthony are truly magnificent.  Continue on to Maenporth and then along the cliffs past Pennance Point and Pendennis Point to reach the busy port of Falmouth.

There are a number of highlights on this walk as the path winds around St Anthony Head on the Roseland Peninsula, with glorious views down Carrick Roads and across to St Mawes and then out across Falmouth bay towards Helford and The Lizard, to the old fishing village of Portscatho. The coast path continues around Gerrans Bay past Veryan castle, a small Iron Age fort and Carne Beacon, one of the largest Stone Age barrows (burial grounds) in Britain to Nare Head, which provides sensational views across Veryan Bay to the imposing headland of Dodman Point, notorious for its shipwrecks.

The walk is rated at moderate for its difficulty and is 121 km in length with an average of 16km a day.

Day 1 Travel to Mawnan Smith
Day 2 Walk Helford river and Frenchman’s Creek 13 km
Day 3 Helford to Falmouth 16 km
Day 4 Falmouth to St Mawes 20 km
Day 5 St Mawes to Portloe 21 km
Day 6 Portloe to Mevagissey 19 km
Day 7 Mevagissey to Charlestown 11 km
Day 8 Charlestown to Fowey 16 km
Day 9 Depart Fowey


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