Roseland Peninsula Circular Walk - Porscatho - St Anthony Head
Explore the beautiful Roseland Peninsula on this 10 mile walk on the Cornish coast. The walk starts from the village of Porscatho where there is a good sized car park by the coast. You could also start from nearby Gerrans where there is an interesting 13th century church.
From the Porscatho car park you head south along the South West Coast Path, passing a series of pretty coves and beaches including the Carricknath Point and Porthbean Beach SSSI. Here you will find sand covered beaches, natural rock platforms with fragments of saltmarsh, cliff top grassland, low rocky headlands and a variety of rare plants.
You continue south to Zone Point, at the southernmost extremity of the peninsula extending into Falmouth Bay. Near here you will find the National Trust owned St Anthony Head Lighthouse. The headland is one of the highlights of the peninsula overlooking the entrance to one of the world's largest natural harbours, Carrick Roads and the estuary of River Fal. The site also includes an old military fort with big guns, batteries and fortifications. Look out for wildlife including cormorants, shags and seals in this area.
The route continues past the pretty Little Molunan beach before turning north along St Mawes Harbour with nice views across to St Mawes Quay. This section includes some nice woodland trails with bluebells, primroses and celandines to see. Also look out for a wide variety of butterflies fluttering around the wildflowers.
The path then takes you along the Porth Creek with views down to the Percuil River and a stretch through farmland. The final section takes you back along the coast to Porscatho.
To continue your walking in the area you could head to the nearby town of Falmouth and visit the fascinating Pendennis Castle and the lovely Swanpool Nature Reserve. You can also enjoy a walk from St Mawes to St Just with a visit to the fascinating St Mawes Castle and the St Just in Roseland 13th-century church with beautiful riverside gardens. The ferry from St Mawes will take you across the Fal Estuary to Falmouth where you can continue along the South West Coast Path.
Roseland Peninsula Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Roseland Peninsula Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Roseland Peninsula OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Roseland Peninsula Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Stop off at the delightful Thirstea Co tea rooms for some refreshments on the route. They're located at a lovely spot next to Towan Beach and sell a good range of meals and snacks. You can find them at Porth Farm House with a postcode of TR2 5EX for your sat navs.
The beaches and coastal paths make for a bracing walk with your dog. The tea rooms mentioned above are also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Head east along the coast path and you could pay a visit to the worthy village of Portloe. The village has a lovely harbour and a fine 17th century seaside inn to investigate.
Just west of Falmouth there's a good circular trail to follow around Argal Reservoir near Penryn. There's also the ancient Mabe church and a boardwalk on the adjacent College Reservoir to see here.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cornwall Walks page.