A short but scenic walk in Cornwall that uses a section of the South West Coast Path and also explores the countryside inland. The route uses paths and tracks and is ideal for a leisurely half day walk.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A)The start is the village of Mawnan, which lies to the south of Falmouth, where a small car park is located close to the church (grid ref. SW787272). After parking take the path towards the coast. You soon reach the South West Coast Path, one of the premier long distance trails in Britain. Turn right along this path (with the sea to your left) and follow the clear path as it skirts the cliffs above Parson's Beach. Where there is a choice of path it is probably better to keep to the one nearest the sea to obtain the best views.
(1)Descend past Toll Point to Porthallack and continue to Porth Saxon (grid ref. SW779271). Here turn right onto a concessionary footpath heading north up a valley. The path passes through pretty woodland and climbs easily to reach a track after just under a mile (grid ref. SW779282).
(2)Turn right along this track or access road to reach a lane after 200 metres.Turn right along the lane and then turn left at the first junction (grid ref. SW783281). Walk past the hotel on your right and take the next footpath on your right. This leads down to the coast.
(3)Reaching the South West Coast Path, turn right and follow around Rosemullion Point and back to Mawnan using the short connecting path back towards the church and car park.
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 194ft - Start: Mawnan village
1 : mi 0.44 - alt. 36ft - Toll Point
2 : mi 1.52 - alt. 226ft - Turn right along track
3 : mi 2.31 - alt. 26ft - Turn right along South West Coast Path
D/A : mi 3.85 - alt. 200ft - Finish: Mawnan village
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Not shown on the OS maps, the National Trust who own the land have created this Straightforward, easy, circular walk around Dodman Point. We followed up that circuit with a walk down to Hemmick Beach and back. A steep walk but perfectly doable! A bonus was the car park, National Trust owned so no charges there!
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