Explore the coast
Just steps away from the south-west coastal path, we've discovered the top three walks from Gyllyngvase beach.
Explore Falmouth's most beautiful and famous sights from Pendennis Point to Maenporth beach. You can enjoy these anytime of the year – so get ready to soak up the Cornish sun or bundle up warm to enjoy the sea views.
Head down through our lush gardens to the seafront and follow the path along to the left towards the unmissable sight of Pendennis Castle high up on the headland.
A level 15-20 minute walk will take you along the seafront, past Gyllyngvase and Castle beaches and through the shady trees to Pendennis Point. Explore the ruins of Little Dennis castle down on the rocks, soak in the sun and views and enjoy an ice-cream from the trusty van in the car park. After all, you’ve just been for a walk…
This sandy cove is an easy 10-minute walk along the coast path from St Michaels.
From the seafront follow the path behind Gyllyngvase and up onto the coast path. You’ll soon find yourself popping out onto Swanpool Beach alongside the brightly coloured stripy beach huts. If the short walk wasn’t enough to stretch your legs then you can hire a kayak, brave a swim or extend your walk around Swanpool Lake. After, stop for a bite to eat at the beach cafe (we recommend one of their famous quirky ice-creams) or head up to Hooked On The Rocks and listen to the waves crash below as you relax with a chilled glass of Prosecco and some sublime seafood.
One of our longer walks from which takes you to not one, but three golden sandy beaches.
Start down through our gardens and across the road to Gyllyngvase Beach, following the path across the back of the beach and along the coast to Swanpool to carry along the coast path. The next two miles give you a chance to stretch those legs and feel the sun on your face before you arrive at Maenporth. If the tide is low then follow the rocks down the left-hand side of the cove and you might be lucky enough to find the shipwreck enveloped in the sand. The sheltered cove is perfect for a dip and the rock pools are great for poking around in or just refreshing your weary toes.
Escape to the Roseland, a Cornish hidden gem, just a few minutes drive from St Michaels.
From Falmouth harbour, a sheltered 20-minute ferry ride brings you to the refined village of St Mawes, a favourite with leisure sailors and explorers alike. Exit the quay and head left, past boutiques and cafes, a short walk up the hill towards St Mawes Castle, the little twin to Falmouth's Pendennis Castle, and the perfect spot to admire the view across the water to Falmouth and in the distance St Anthony lighthouse.
Past the castle, branch off to your left and follow the path next to the water, arriving at St Just in Roseland, a tiny ancient settlement where bucolic churchyard kisses a peaceful tidal creek.