falmouth to st mawes, st just in roseland and back again


wednesday, 2nd october 2019

It has been a filthy week of weather with lots of rain and strong winds but the weather forecast for today looks much better and I should have some sun, no rain and light winds. Normal weather will resume tomorrow!

Falmouth high tide 08:27

Falmouth low tide 15:05

I start the day at Custom House Quay in Falmouth where I purchase my return ticket for the ferry to St Mawes and back at the ticket office. The ticket costs me £10.

ferry ticket

I board the 09:45 ferry which chugs it’s way over to St Mawes. The journey takes about 20 minutes.

catching the ferry

I disembark the ferry at the quay at St Mawes. The quay dates from mediaeval times. The first record of it is from 1539 and there are many records of repairs during the 17th Century. It was also rebuilt at least twice during Victorian times.

st mawes quay

I amble around the quay and continue along the road past the quay towards the Idle Rocks Hotel to reach a junction beside the Rising Sun pub.

I keep right at the junction to follow the road behind the Idle Rocks Hotel and wander along the pavement, following this until Summers Beach where I walk down the ramp leading to the beach. I’ll return to this beach later on in the day when the tide is further out.

I rejoin the road and follow it around a long bend until I pass the driveway to Polvarth and reach Polvarth Lane.

I turn right down Polvarth Lane and follow it towards the Polvarth Boatyard where I reach a footpath signpost on the left.

polvarth boatyard

signpost to porthcuel creek

Polvarth Quay was built by the American troops during the Second World War in preparation for the D Day landings.

I follow the signpost and turn left and go up the steps signposted to Porthcuel Creek and follow the path until it eventually emerges on a driveway, enjoying the late wild flowers.

I turn right into the driveway and follow it towards a boatyard and then turn left down the waymarked path and follow it until it emerges into a field.

looking back to polvarth

I amble across the field to a rather fallen down waymark in front of some bushes.

I follow the path through the bushes to reach another waymark and follow the path downhill along a metal railing. At the bottom I follow the path above the creek and continue until I reach a fork in the path, just before a gate marked ‘PRIVATE’. I continue along the left hand fork and follow the path uphill to emerge into a field. It’s beginning to get rather muddy after all the heavy rain we’ve had.

I climb some steps and follow the path to reach a footbridge over a stream.

I cross a bridge and climb up some steps before reaching a waymarked kissing gate.

I go through the gate and turn left onto a track and follow it through a gate and continue to reach a junction of tracks at a farm and next to Quayhouse Bosloggas.

I follow the track until it ends at a road. The settlement here is called Nanshuttal and was first recorded in 1327.

I cross the road and turn right to follow along the verge past a water tower covered in ariels. Back behind me the road leads back to St Mawes.

water tower

I reach a track on the left with a stile marked with a National Trust sign for Tregear Vean.

tregear vean

I clamber over the stile and the path follows along hedges through fields full of cows and over stiles and through gateways. I have lovely views over the Carrick Roads area of the estuary which is roughly a mile across.

I can see Mylor Creek over the other side of the estuary full of yachts and a bit futher up, Restronguet Creek. I visited these creeks four years ago.

view over mylor creek

I come across a small copper butterfly feeding on Cat’s-ear and also see several red admiral and speckled wood butterflies.

small copper butterfly

I have magnificent views back over to Falmouth.

view over falmouth

If I had done this walk in January 1992, a shocking orange plume of pollution would have been visible, stretching down Carrick Roads after the pumps at Wheal Jane were finally switched off in 1991.

After ambling along uneventfully for some time I cross a stile next to a gate and cross a driveway to a waymark where I climb down steps and turn right at a waymark to follow the path which takes me to the car park at St Just in Roseland next to the church.

st just in roseland

I immediately turn left through the churchyard gate and follow a concrete path through the churchyard to the church. I walk around the church to the side facing the creek.

St Just In Roseland Church is based on a 13th century building that was remodelled in the 14th and 15th centuries and then reworked fairly heavily in a 19th century restoration.

st just in roseland church

I follow the creekside path to reach a pedestrian gate and I then follow the path along the edge of the creek until it emerges on a concrete ramp beside Pasco’s Boatyard.

pasco’s boatyard

I walk along the front of the boatyard and then along a track up a hill.

I follow the track ahead, signposted to St Mawes and reach a gate on the left, marked with a National Trust Churchtown Farm sign.

It is now an uneventful walk along extremely muddy fields passing over stiles and through hedges and gates on my way back to St Mawes. There are a series of gates on my right that take me down to the shingle beach.

I eventually reach a pedestrian gate which I go through and then follow the lane to reach St Mawes Castle.

st mawes castle

St Mawes Castle is part of the chain of coastal defences built during the reign of King Henry VIII to protect against an invasion threat from Catholic France and Spain after establishing the Church of England.

I pass the castle entrance and follow a path to emerge onto Lower Castle Road which I follow down into St Mawes. I pass Tavern Beach on the way down which has a lone seal pup on it.

tavern beach

I continue along Lower Castle Road to arrive back at the quay in the heart of St Mawes.

st mawes

The 13:15 ferry is about to leave for Falmouth but I have one last bit of business to attend to. I still have time to catch the 13:45 or 14:15 ferry before the low tide disrupts the ferry service for an hour or so, so I head back through St Mawes to Summers Beach.

The following photo was taken in something like 1974 or so.

st mawes a very long time ago

I’ve just got time to attempt to re-enact the photo in the here and now and I reckon I’ve done a pretty good job especially considering that I couldn’t see a thing on the camera screen.

st mawes today

I head back to the quay and just about manage to catch the 13:45 ferry back to Falmouth where I disembark on the Prince of Wales Pier.

st mawes ferry


Flora and fauna encountered on the walk today includes :-

  • hemp agrimony

  • fuchsias

  • ceanothus

  • hogweed

  • buddleia

  • blackberries

  • red campion

  • ivy

  • hydrangeas

  • crocosmia

  • cranesbill

  • small copper butterflies

  • red admirals

  • speckled woods

  • knapweed

  • oystercatchers

  • robins

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The podcast of today's walk is now available. You can subscribe via the iTunes store or listen using the player below.

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According to my phone I've walked 8.8 miles today which amounts to 20061 steps. The walking has been lovely today if a little muddy and the weather surprisingly good for such a filthy week. Nine out of ten!

The total ascent today has been 599 feet or 182 metres.


catching the ferry

st mawes

small copper butterfly

st just in roseland church

st mawes castle

beach collection

flushing to flushing, a circular walk

fal estuary

wednesday, 30th september 2015

I have a fifth day of beautiful weather ahead of me today but it might be a bit on the blustery side.

Falmouth low tide 14:10

Falmouth high tide 19:49

My plan is to catch the ferry over to Flushing from Falmouth. On arriving on Prince of Wales pier it seems that the ferry is on a long lunch break and then, due to low tides, won't be running for another hour and a half after that. Which means that the next ferry isn't until 15:15. Bugger! 

Flustered but undeterred I head off on the long walk around the estuary instead, to get to Flushing. I head out of Falmouth along the estuary and through the town of Penryn which is just outside of Falmouth.

I pass the parish church of St Gluvias with Penryn and then head back down the other side of the estuary.

st gluvias with penryn

I have lovely views out across the estuary and all of its boats.

I pass the Falmouth Boat Company boat yard and I'm finally at my starting point for today's walk, Flushing. It must have been something like a four mile detour.

I pass the Royal Standard and The Seven Stars pubs and arrive at the quayside where I'll catch the ferry back to Falmouth later on today. That's assuming they aren't on an extended long lunch break!

I continue along Trefusis Road and pass large houses looking over towards Falmouth.

view over to falmouth

I walk along the coast road and enter Kilnquay Woods, part of the estate of the former manor, Trefusis House. Pneumatic drills are making an awful racket and seem to be being used to renovate a house.

I drop down onto the beach where copper was mined for a short while but extracting the copper proved to be economically unviable. I continue around Trefusis Point, clambering over the rocks until I can't get round any further when I have to retrace my steps slightly to find a whole in the hedge to clamber back on to the low cliff.

I continue along a footpath through open ground. Many buzzards are enjoying the thermals over the woods slightly inland.

I round Penarrow Point and reach Restronguet Sailing Club and suddenly there are yachts everywhere. It's blowing a gale making all the yachts and flags rattle in the wind.

restronguet sailing club

yachts everywhere

Next up is Mylor Yacht Club and there are even more yachts.

mylor yacht club

even more yachts

I briefly visit St Mylor Church next door to the yacht club, a Norman church built in the 12th century.

st mylor church

I follow the road out of Mylor Churchtown and turn down a footpath opposite the upper entrance to the church. I now have views out across Mylor Creek.

mylor creek

I walk along the road with houses either side of me to reach Trelew Creek where I come across some curlews. A signpost points me to the left and I head along the path through woods.

It doesn't feel like the right path but I continue anyway and the path ascends through the woods past sweet chestnuts and finally joins up with the main road.

I turn left at the main road and head straight across at the crossroads to re-enter Trefusis Estate. A signpost points me right into a field where a tractor is flailing the hedgerows and is making an almighty racket.

I head through fields and to the right of a row of houses and I'm now back in Flushing. A short walk takes me back past the Royal Standard and The Seven Stars and I'm now back at the quay where I can catch the ferry back to Falmouth.

I catch the 17:00 ferry back to Falmouth and it's an uneventful 10 minutes journey but then all hell breaks loose!

on the ferry

view back to flushing

My fellow passenger on the ferry has two dogs with her and as she alights from the ferry one of the dogs falls into the harbour water and slips from his lead. The ferrymen try to manoeuvre the ferry so that it doesn't crush the dog against the harbour wall, allowing the dog to swim back to the steps. Fortunately, the dog is reunited with his owner and is none the worse for his misadventures.

I alight the ferry and climb up the steps onto Prince of Wales Pier.


Flora and fauna encountered on the walk today includes :-

  • buzzards
  • cows
  • curlews
  • robins
  • sweet chestnuts


The podcast of today's walk is now available.  You can subscribe via the iTunes store or listen using the player below.


According to my phone I've walked 5.95 miles this afternoon (which excludes the diversion from Falmouth) which amounts to 11181 steps. It has been a nice diversion from the usual coast path walking even if the scenery hasn't been up to the usual magnificence and it hasn't exactly been a peaceful walk. Seven out of ten!

mylor harbour