St Anthony Head from Porth

This pleasant walk situated at the southernmost tip of the Roseland peninsula provides a way to discover the artillery batteries on this headland, Towan and Molunam Beach. You will enjoy viewpoints over the mouth of River Fal, Pendennis Castle, Falmouth harbour and St Mawes as well.

Technical sheet
No. 3891036
A Gerrans walk posted on 22/08/20 by charentimoy. Update : 11/12/20
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h05[?]
Distance Distance : 5.87mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 436ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 463ft
Highest point Highest point : 174ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 13ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Gerrans
Starting point Starting point : N 50.157785° / W 4.986833°
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Pendennis Head on the other side of the estuary from St Anthony Head St Mawes and Percuil River St Mawes from Roseland Peninsula the lighthouse from the path

Description

Park your car at Porth National Trust car park.

(D/A) Use the main road between Towan Cottage and The Thirstea and turn right to the public bridleway "Towan Beach 130 yards". In front of the beach, bear right taking the South West Coast path "St Anthony Head 2miles".

(1) Continue straight at the next junction "St Anthony Head 1 1/4miles" along the coast, go past rocky steps and pay attention to the cliff edge close to Porthbeor beach until your reach a fork! Bear left, go through the gate heading to St Anthony battery at the next fork where you can see remains of cartridge hoist, ammunition locker lamp trimmer's room for example.

(2) Go back to the fork and continue for a few meters the coast path until you reach the viewpoint indicator. You can admire the mouth of the river Fal including Pendennis Point in front of you and St Mawes Castle on your right! The path joins a road, go past Tiffy's (National Trust) and the Captain's Quarter. Turn left before a car park next to the information signpost following "Coast path, Place 1 1/2" down the steps.

(3) At the junction, continue straight down the same direction ignoring "Battery Observation Post" to the left until you see a yellow arrow when the path levels at the end of the handrail. Bear sharply right, go past Former Paraffin Store, then cross the wooden footbridge next to Little Molunam beach and go through the gate. Look back, you can see the black and white lighthouse! Then, the coast path offers a beautiful view over St Mawes at Carricknath Point until you go up an open field which leads a track.

(4) Follow this track that joins a first fork where you turn right, then a second where you turn left avoiding private ways. Take the path (yellow arrow) going past the church and the cemetery on your left until you reach a road. Turn left to "Coast path, Place Quay" and go past Place House entrance.

(5) Close to the quay, turn right and left following "Coast path, low tide ferry, Porth Farm 1 1/2m" signpost.
Enter woods next to the low tide ferry quay, Continue this pleasant path along Percuil River following "Porth Farm" signpost (3/4m then 1/2m at junctions), leading to the car park.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 59ft - Porth National Trust car park
1 : mi 1.11 - alt. 108ft - Straight towards St Anthony Head
2 : mi 2.38 - alt. 131ft - Viewpoint indicator
3 : mi 2.48 - alt. 128ft - Junction
4 : mi 3.81 - alt. 49ft - Church and cimetery
5 : mi 4.2 - alt. 33ft - Ferry Quay
D/A : mi 5.87 - alt. 59ft - Porth National Trust car park

Useful Information

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