The National Trust has a great free app. It gives details of all properties in the area and says how far they are from your present location. You don’t have to be a member to download it.
Feock near Truro
house, garden, café, shop 11 miles
Mawnam Smith near Falmouth
garden in three valleys by Helford River. Tea house.
Garden, outbuildings, house (limited opening), small tea room (features as “Trenwith“ in Poldark series).
Madron, near Penzance
TR20 8RZ garden and tea room
Saint Michaels Mount.
Island with castle, garden, tearoom.
There are many more National Trust houses, gardens and coast line in Cornwall.
Huge coastal castle built by Henry V111.
St Mawes Castle.
Worth visiting in order to visit Duchy of Cornwall Nursery and tea room.
Halliggye Fogue (yes really).
Mawgan, Helston TR12 6AF
“Roofed and walled in stone, this complex of passages is the largest and best preserved of several mysterious underground tunnels associated with Cornish Iron Age settlements.”
The Lost Gardens of Heligan.
200 acres of garden and estate, kitchen and bakery.
TR11 5JZ. (Next door to Glendurgan)
Pubs from The Good Pub Guide
The Trelowarren Arms.
Walking distance, if you enjoy a walk. See later.
Five Degrees West.
7 Grove Place.
3 Bells Court.
Beacon Street/Trevethan Hill.
Ferry Boat Inn.
The Red Lion.
These are some of our favourites.
The Cove Restaurant.
Maenporth. Just yards from the beach.
Swanpool Beach Cafe.
On the beach.
Hooked on the Rocks.
Just above the beach in the Maenporth direction.
Gylly Beach Cafe.
We really like this one. You can sit outside behind the glass screen at most times of the year.
The Falmouth Hotel.
The decoration is a little bit tired inside but it’s comfortable and welcoming and the view is wonderful. And you can take dogs.
In Falmouth town;
Trago Mills has great views from the cafe on the top floor and the food and coffee are great value.
Our town favourite is;
24 Arwenack Street.
The direct way, 20 minutes, just under 1 mile.
From the house turn right down the road to the tennis courts. Walk to the right of the courts and follow the track to the lane. Turn right on the lane and go straight on to the beach. Take care, there is no pavement.
The longer but more interesting way. 30/40 minutes. 1 1/2 (one and a half miles).
Turn right from the house then turn right into the cul de sac. Take the footpath up the hill at the top of the cul de sac and turn right at the top. Past the cottage turn left through a farm gate and double back on the footpath on the field edge then through a wooded area. Go over the stone stile and continue on the path then track through two fields. By the gate to Tregedna Farm turn sharp right off the track and enter a small wood. Cross the boardwalk and go through the gate by the stone steps. Follow the field edge path and at the top pass the white cottage on your right and turn sharp left down the footpath. Go through the gate at the end of the path, turn right then after about 30 yards just before the farm yard gate turn left and with the trees and hedge on your right go down the field edge path. Follow this path, then track all the way down to Maenporth beach.
Left on the road and go to the main Pendra Loweth entrance. Turn right and immediately right and take the footpath round three sides of the field. Cross over Roscarrack Road and take the footpath through some allotments. At the top cross the road and take the track opposite. Carry straight on, go through a housing estate always in a generally straight direction. The path goes downhill and becomes wooded. At the bottom of the hill you will find a path cross junction. Turn right and at the end turn right on the lane. This takes you to Swanpool beach.
Go to the main Pendra Loweth entrance and turn left on Roscarrack Road. After just a few yards turn right on a lane and walk straight ahead. The lane becomes a footpath. Continue straight on gradually climbing up the side of the hill. The footpath is well defined. Eventually take a sharp left and after a short distance you will come to the road at Budock. Turn right if you want to go to the pub which is further down on the right side.
Maenporth to Swanpool on the Coast Path.
About 40 minutes.
Take the path behind the cafe in Maenporth. It’s a great path, but muddy for a good part of the year, with wonderful views.
Swanpool to Gyllyngvase Beach. 10/15 minutes.
An easy walk on tarmac path. Take the coast path to the right of the Swanpool Beach Cafe. Stop at the Gylly Beach Cafe or continue for another 20 minutes along the coast to the Falmouth Hotel. If you go through the garden at the back of the hotel, cross the road by the roundabout and under the railway bridge it’s only another 10/15 minutes to Falmouth town.
Falmouth town walk.
Walk along Arwenack Street/Market St/High Street (past Trago on your right and on to Prince of Wales Pier at the far end). Continue up Old High Street, with some interesting cafes, pubs, bars and shops. With the sea still on your right continue towards the Greenbank Hotel and on to the Marina. From Prince of Wales Pier to the Marina takes about 20 minutes beyond you will find Sainsbury’s, Lidl, Pets at Home.
From the coast road to Mawnam Smith.
Drive to Maenporth and continue straight on in the direction of Mawnam Smith. The third hotel on your left will be the Meudon Hotel. A little bit further, just after a left bend, you will be able to park in an informal lay-by on the right. Walk about 50 metres towards Mawnam Smith and you will see a footpath sign on your left. The path gradually descends through a narrow wooded area to the beach. It takes about 20 minutes. You can either return the same way or take the coast path for a longer walk.
Drive on the coast road from Maenporth in the direction of Mawnam Smith. After a mile or so you will see a left turn signposted Mawnam Church. Drive to the very end and park near the church. You will see a footpath which runs to the right of the church with the graveyard on your left. Follow this path through a small wooded area and turn right at the T junction. You will soon see views of the Helford River.
Activities and Entertainment.
Helford River Cruises.
Orca Sea Safaris.
Phoenix Falmouth Cinema.
11 Berkeley Vale,
Just above Iceland.
41 Melvill Road,
Providing year round entertainment including music, drama and festivals.
Malcolm Sutcliffe Glass Gallery.
Glass blowing lessons on certain Saturdays throughout the year.
Falmouth Pitch and Putt.
Near the golf club on the way to Swanpool.
Swanpool Beach Crazy Golf.
Check at the Beach Cafe.