Falmouth Big Circular

14 Miles Of Outstanding Natural Beauty

This route wends its way through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and finishes up with a breathtaking walk on The South West Coast Path around Falmouth Bay.

Falmouth is a beautiful place to walk in summer, when the hedgerow flowers are in bloom and the Cornish sea is the colour of turquoise, but it’s equally as good in the winter when there’s a log fire waiting for you at The Ferryboat to warm yourself by before you had back to Falmouth town along the coast.

Falmouth Big Circular

Explore Mawnan Parish and 6.5 Glorious Miles Of The South West Coast Path

(There are alternative starts if you’re travelling by car, which will reduce the distance by 1 or 2 miles).

View of Swanpool Beach towards Falmouth. Cornwall, UK. Copyright Stephanie Boon, 2018. All rights Reserved.

Swanpool Beach in winter (yep, that’s right, winter!)

Falmouth, Mawnan Parish And Helford Passage

Cornwall boasts so many different landscapes to explore from wild and windswept moors to tranquil creeks and bays, and this walk is definitely in the latter category. But the tranquility doesn’t mean there aren’t some surprises in store.

I lived in the Falmouth area for years so step onto some of my favourite tracks through Mawnan Parish, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – along paths and tracks most visitors don’t even know exist. You’ll discover scenic working countryside and farms, woodland tracks and sleepy tidal creeks, plus The Ferryboat Inn at Helford Passage – the perfect pit-stop before a glorious 6.5 mile walk back to Falmouth along the South West Coast Path.

This is definitely a walk for the summer months when the hedgerows are full of flowers and butterflies, boats are milling about on the creeks and the sea is sparklingly tropical – you’ll love it!

Follow the Summary tab above for details of the route and the links below to help you plan your walk.

Hand drawn map of Falmouth Big Circular 14 mile walk

All About The Route

Start and Finish: Falmouth Railway Station SW 811 320.  NB if you drive you can park at Gyllingvase Beach Car Park (SW 807 317) and save yourself a mile on the overall walking distance.

Distance: 14 miles  •  Difficulty: Easy  •  Time:  Allow 7 hours

Facilities: Full town facilities in Falmouth (see below), Ferry Boat Inn in Helford Passage, cafes and public toilets on beaches along the South West Coast Path.

Terrain: Mostly off road on footpaths and quiet country lanes, plus a 6.5 mile section of the South West Coast Path.

Points of Interest:  Quiet countryside, Helford Passage, Durgan (start early to visit either Glendurgan or Trebah Garden – links below), Rosemullion Head, Bream Cove, Falmouth beaches at Maenporth, Swanpool and Gyllingvase.

Note: Farm tracks can be very muddy in winter or after heavy rain.

Plan Your Walk

Compass pointing north on a map. Copyright Stephanie Boon, 2018. All Rights Reserved

The Map

OS Explorer 105

1:2500 Falmouth and Mevagissey
Start/Finish SW 810 320

View of Pendennis Castle, Falmouth, from Swanpool Beach. Copyright Stephanie Boon, 2018. All Rights Reserved.

In Falmouth

Railway • BusesCar Parks

Shops and Banks

Tourist Information

Car park, public toilets and cafe on Gyllingvase Beach

Path through a field of Barley.

En Route

Ferry Boat Inn, Helford Passage

Glendurgan Garden / Durgan

Trebah Garden

Beach cafes and public toilets at Maenporth, Swanpool and Gyllingvase Beaches


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