Posted 28 January 2019 by Beverley Fuller
St Antony Head
I'm going to share with you one of my favourite walks, right on the tip of the Roseland Peninsula. You get fantastic sea views in the clear winter air; you can also detour to the working lighthouse and the old military fort. It's a Site of Special Scientific Interest with a variety of bird life, including peregrine falcons and curlews. Allow a couple of hours and do get a detailed map or leaflet from the St Mawes Tourist Office. It's hilly but not arduous and there are a couple of stiles to climb.
If you're staying at St Mawes you can leave the car behind, take the Place Ferry and join the walk the church of St Anthony. Otherwise, park in the National Trust car park at St Antony Head and join the South West Coast Path after the turning to the lighthouse. This takes you to Porthbeor Beach, then you head for Bohortha village and follow a footpath to the church. Then follow the footpath and a country lane till you see the sign for the Coast Path back to St Anthony Head.
Looking out to sea you'll probably spot large ships in Falmouth Bay as well as all the pretty yachts and leisure craft. I often stop to think about where they've come from and the journeys they have made to reach Cornwall - rather like many of our holiday visitors!
Same area, different scenery – another classic Roseland walk that we (and the dogs) love. From the Place Ferry landing stage follow a pretty footpath along the creek, with lovely views of St Mawes and the Percuil River. It takes you through lovely woodland and fields before reaching Froe Creek and a footbridge. Turn right to Porth Farm, then head down towards Towan Beach and follow the Coast Path round Porthmellin Head to Porthbeor beach. Turn right to the lane, right again to Bohortha and find the footpath back to Place Quay. Again, it's about 2hrs and I recommend a map or walk leaflet from the Tourist Office in St Mawes to make sure you're on the right track – or help you create your own variation on the route. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!