Walking Maenporth to Place House
Distance 4.5 miles (7.2 km).
Duration: 2hr 25min.
Grid reference SW790296 to SW854321.
Park your car behind the beach at Maenporth. Pass behind the blue building to pick up the coast path. Climb up steadily passing through a metal kissing gate. Soon the path levels off where another small path diverts off right down a grassy slope. Take five minutes to look at the wreck of the Scottish trawler 'Ben Asdale' below the low cliff (shipwrecked December 1978/9) - TAKE CARE ! Return to the path as it climbs again. Look to your right to Maenporth; High Cliff and Rosemullion Head beyond that. The shady path levels off as the bushes thin out. Now look straight ahead to see Pendennis Castle and across the Fal to St. Anthony Lighthouse and Zone Point.
Pass through a second metal kissing gate and carry straight on passing an acorn marker. Continue walking passing the golf course on your left, as the path drops down gradually from Pennance Point. Now about half an hour into your walk the path widens as it enters woodland shortly before dropping down into Swanpool. Bear left where the path meets a wide sandy track as indicated. Join the road and pass behind Swanpool Beach (toilets available). Proceed up the tarmac path all the way to Gyllyngvase Beach, arriving there just before the hour mark of your walk. St. Mary's Gardens could be used as a refreshment stop, toilets are again available here.
Next walk up onto the road above the beach and continue along the seafront passing the large hotels. Where offered a route out around Pendennis Point take it. Pass the picnic tables, unless you need them, then keep to the pavement up and around the headland. If you wish take the small footpath left away from the busy road to pass the 'Ships and Castles' Leisure Centre. Rejoin the road and continue towards Falmouth passing above Falmouth Docks after a short climb. Next it is simply a matter of walking down Castle Drive and Pendennis Rise into the town. Bear right down the road, under the railway bridge passing the Admiral Nelson pub (with its 'stables' and 'garage'). Continue past the brick-walled Territorial Army Centre, the Arwenack Monument and Trago Mills Shopping Emporium on your way to the main shopping area of Falmouth. Look to your right after about 10 minutes searching for 'Marks and Spencers' shop. Take the next wide right turn onto the Prince of Wales Pier (1903) and your FERRY to St. Mawes, Place and the Roseland.
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
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