Posted 22 January 2019 by Beverley Fuller
This lovely waymarked route showcases classic Roseland scenery. You'll go through rolling fields and pretty woodland – with glorious bluebells in season – and alongside a creek, and you can stroll down to the shoreline if you wish. There's a stile to negotiate and one steep hill.
It takes about 1.5hrs, though you might want to take a picnic or just linger over the views across the Carrick Roads. If you're happy to extend it a little, leave your car in the car park at St Just – or better still, at your St Just holiday cottage! Paths are well signed but it's always worth picking up a map, leaflet or download from the St Mawes Tourist Office. For the circuit you can often park in the lane signed to Roundhouse Barns from the road between St Just-in-Roseland and King Harry Ferry – tuck in under the hedge before the private road to Commerrans.
From here, follow the footpath on your left through two fields, staying close to the hedges, then through a gate into a third field. Keep the hedge on your left to reach a kissing gate, then take the lower path through the woods and round Messack Point. The waymarked path climbs to a lane, then you head down to St Just Creek. At a junction there, turn left up through the woods and back to your car.
You'll probably spot common blue and yellow brimstone butterflies among the wildflower meadows in summer. At other times of year you might find squirrels feasting on hazelnuts from the hedges, or sloes that you can pick to make sloe gin (if I haven't got there first!). Please keep dogs on a lead if there are sheep in the fields.
St Mawes and St Just
If you're staying at St Mawes, why not leave the car behind and try this circular walk? Simply head for Castle Drive and pick up the coast path north towards St Just. To return, a footpath takes you up the ridge and through fields alongside the road towards St Mawes – then pick your favourite route down to the harbour. Allow about 2hrs without stops, but it's worth exploring pretty St Just and its church.
Among all the lovely scenery you'll see white hawthorn flowers in spring. Did you know they're called May Flowers, and the saying “ne'er cast a clout till May is out” refers to hawthorn, and not the month of May? And a clout is a coat, in case you wondered. Happy walking!