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Portscatho, Gerrans and Towan: a circular stroll

Posted 17 April 2019 by Beverley Fuller

Portscatho, Gerrans and Towan: a circular stroll

Here's a lovely, mostly level stroll between two of the Roseland's lovely sandy beaches. If you're staying in Portscatho or Gerrans it makes a good leg-stretch there and back on the circular route, following the coast path one way and slightly inland on the return leg; but you could easily stroll any part of it. Equally, serious walkers can tack it onto a longer hike on the South West Coast Path. But that's the beauty of a holiday on the Roseland – everyone can enjoy it.

Our directions start at Treloan Lane car park in Gerrans, but if you're arriving by bus (route 50) you can easily find The Square to start if you prefer.

1 From the car park, turn right and right again down Gerrans Hill, then right again at The Square towards The Lugger.

2 Just before the end of The Lugger, look for the waymarked South West Coast Path on your right. You'll be following a lovely, rocky shoreline for about 1.5 miles around Greeb Point to reach Towan Beach. (Incidentally, do you suppose Greeb Point was the inspiration for naming Greebo the witch's cat in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series?!)

3 At Towan Beach, towards the far end, find the footpath heading inland. Follow it to the road.

Turn right and immediately right again onto a lane that doubles as a bridleway, then the path goes through a field. Pick up the lane again, passing Rosteague, and continue ahead when it becomes a road. Walk past the Treloan campsite and back to Gerrans.

What to spot

From the pretty, whitewashed cottages of Portscatho – which are typical Roseland holiday cottages – to the 13th century church at Gerrans, you'll see some lovely buildings in this part of Cornwall. Look for evidence of and Iron Age settlements, as the Roseland was well populated in prehistoric times.

Rosteague Manor dates back to medieval times and is said to have two smugglers' tunnels, one running to the beach and the other into the woods. In Elizabethan times it was owned by Sir Reginald Mohun, one of Raleigh's naval captains; today its restored French garden is well known. It's a popular wedding venue, by the way, and our nearby holiday cottages are ideal for your wedding guests if you're thinking of getting married on the Roseland.

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