St Mawes - Carrick Roads - Porthcuel Creek - Percuil River - St Mawes

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From the chic Cornish resort of St. Mawes, on the Roseland Peninsula, this walk first takes us along the harbour, where you can browse in the shops, and perhaps read the menus of the hotels and restaurants in preparation for your return.

From here, we follow the road up to St. Mawes castle (well worth a visit), before picking up the coastal path, initially seeing how the other half live as we pass the large sea front properties, and then onto the National Trust land along the Roseland Peninsula coast. As you look over to Falmouth, the stretch of water in front of you is known as Carrick Roads, and is the third largest natural harbour in the world.

All too soon, however, we leave this idyllic coastal path to climb to the high ground (don't forget to look back at the spectacular view,) and cross to the other side of the headland. Here we descend steadily through woodland to Porthcuel Creek, and the Percuil River estuary and the many berthed yachts and pleasure craft. Then we follow the river back to St. Mawes, passing many more dream properties en route, finishing with a view over the bay which can be appreciated from many seats overlooking the beach.

The route was, on the whole, dog-friendly, and all stiles were negotiable even by tiny pooches. No livestock was present at the time of walking.

England - South West England - Cornwall - Coast


Ancient Monument, Cafe, Castle, Church, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, National Trust, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Sea, Tea Shop, Woodland
5/30/2021 - ruth nolan

Varied and sttractive scenery, lots of butterflies (end of May). Some muddy patches but the walk was well marked through use and easy to follow. My phone’s gps gave me closer to 6 miles. Thanks for a great walk.

8/20/2020 - Graham North

Thanks for publishing this walk. What a lovely walk. We really enjoyed it. Lovely scenery. Just one small point though, we thought the walk was fine but we are relatively fit. The paths through the woods were very tricky in parts and would be difficult for anyone who wasn’t fit and agile. I would therefore class the walk as moderate and not easy. Thanks again Graham

7/3/2017 - Nigel Williamson

Fabulous walk with great variation in scenery from pretty cottages in St Mawes, past the Castle,the coastal path, meadowland, woodland and a creek. Some great views as well. All finished with a welcome drink at the end. Thank you.

9/30/2010 - Adrian Perkins

Our thanks to Sam Roebuck for his updates for this walk. September 2010. Adrian (Admin)

9/19/2010 - Chris Christodoulou

Chris Christodoulou -5th Sept 2010 We did this walk on a bright September day,instructions were quite clear. St Mawes castle is an English heritage site and is not open every day, if you intend to visit check the information at: All in all a very enjoyable walk finished off with drinks and ices at the end lovely!