Today’s walk starts on the Trelissick Country Estate, and strikes a good balance of fairly flat walking through English farming countryside and beside the estuary of the River Fal, finishing in St Mawes.
There is no escaping Cornwall’s coastline, which is beautiful and dramatic, and a whole host of other adjectives, but the interior countryside is often overlooked; today’s walk remedies that, starting in the wooded grounds of an old country estate where grand, gnarled trees grow beside dainty and colourful wildflowers.
After taking the King Harry Ferry, which drags itself across the River Fal using a hefty chain system, the walk takes you through farmland on quiet roads that get increasingly narrower and more overgrown until it seems questionable whether a car has passed this way in years.
Near the 13th century St Just’s Church, which boasts ‘the most beautiful churchyard on Earth’, you join the shores of the River Fal estuary, from where it’s a flat walk close to the waters’ edge, past St Mawes Castle, and into the village itself.
Go for a stroll around St Just’s beautiful Churchyard where a Rector in the 19th century introduced lots of exotic plants. There are few places in England where you can walk through a graveyard in the shade of bamboo and palms.
A large section of today’s walk is on roads with no pavement. Quiet, low-traffic roads have been selected, but you may still encounter cars, so it is important to know how to walk; Walk on the right-hand side facing the oncoming traffic, unless there is a sharp corner in which case you should cross to the outside edge, to give the drivers the maximum time to see you.
Tips and hints
Points of Interest
Please see the interactive map for notable points of interest along the walk, including recommended pubs/restaurants and cafe stops. Simply click the icons on the map for more information as you walk.
You will take a ferry from St Mawes to Falmouth then on to Trelissick Gardens. Operating times: https://www.falriver.co.uk/ferries/enterprise-boats/timetable. You also need to catch the Prince Harry Ferry that connects Trelissick Gardens (Feock) back to the Roseland Peninsula. Operating times: https://www.falriver.co.uk/ferries/king-harry-ferry
Food and Drink
There are plenty of options in Falmouth for a bite to eat before heading to Trelissick Gardens. There is also a café that serves hot lunches, sandwiches and drinks in Trelissick Gardens itself and another near St Just’s Church. There are several restaurants, pubs and cafes in St Mawes - please see recommendations in your information pack.
If for any reason you need to end this walk early at Trelissick Gardens, then we recommend a taxi as the public transport options mean you likely need to on a large connecting detour to Truro. (Castle Cars: +44 (0) 7581 721 881)
Alternatively, if you can make it to St Just in Roseland you can catch the 50 services to St Mawes. The 50 bus by Go Cornwall operates this service and you can find up-to-date timetables here: https://www.gocornwallbus.co.uk/
Recommended Local Taxi Services
Castle Cars (St Mawes): +44 (0) 7581 721 881
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Good comfortable boots or walking shoes are recommended. The ground can be quite soft, and the paths are well-used by walkers. Whilst the terrain is not particularly difficult, it can be muddy, with some waterlogged stretches after heavy rain. Walking poles are an option if preferred. The British weather is changeable, so waterproofs should also be carried just in case.
Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike/or if you have an older phone, it might be beneficial to bring a power bank as a backup.
There are opportunities on today's walk to buy food and drink; however, ensure you bring enough snacks and fluids with you.
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