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Falmouth to Par
three days along the South West Coast Path


We did this during the Royal Jubilee of 2022 (June 1 to 4). It was a tough but rewarding three days. It gets easier as you go along, so perhaps could be done the other way, but most people go west to east, as does our guide book, the Official National Trail Guide, South West Coast path, Falmouth to Exmouth.

The whole thing takes four days because you need an early ferry start on day 1, so should get to Falmouth (from Paddington) the day before (photo 1). On day 3 you can get a train (direct to Paddington) from Par. We extended our walk through Polmear (photo 15) - only recommended if that happens to be your name - Golant and Lostwthiel for a train. Pretty countryside, but lots of road walking on the Saints Way.

Four other sections of the SWCP are written up on this site; see THE WALKS.

Day 1: Falmouth to Portloe (13½ miles)
We bought a combined ferry ticket online at St Mawes Ferry. We caught the first ferry (8.30) to St Mawes, had breakfast there, then took the small blue boat which is the Place Ferry to Place, arriving at 10. The first couple of miles walks round the Roseland Peninsula and could be omitted; however the sunny morning we went it was absolutely gorgeous (photo 2). We went past Porthbeor Beach (photo 3) and to Portscatho (photo 4) for lunch, then on to Portloe. It's a beautiful, wild coast (photos 5 and 6) with lots of ups and downs. Portloe is very small.
Day 2: Portloe to Mevagissey (12 miles)
Leaving Portloe (photo 7) we went to East Portholland for breakfast, then on (photo 8) to Porthlune Cove (photo 9) for a break (there is both food and drink there) and soon after made a short cut via Penare, which actually made a nice change of scene. Rejoining the SWCP we saw some Cornish ponies (photo 10) and had a late lunch at Gorran Haven (photo 11). Then on to Turbot Point, Portmellon and Mevagissey (photo 12). The path was gradually becoming easier, with more horizontal sections. We had a lovely evening in Mevagissey.


Day 3: Mevagissey to Par (11 miles)
Being up the hill (as most B&Bs are), we cut East to rejoin the Coast Path and on to Pentewan (photo 13) for a lovely breakfast. We took another short cut via Trenarren (the one time we needed a compass, to check we were on the right path), and eventually got down to Lower Porthpean. Between here and Charlestown (formerly West Polmear) there is an irritating road diversion around the Duporth Holiday Village - a rare occurrence in the UK of a stretch of coast being forbidden to walkers. At Charlestown we went down to the docks, looked at Polmear island (photo 14), then on (fairly easy walking) to Carlyon Bay and the China Clay works. The path becomes more built up; Par station is just north of the map as printed in the OS Guide, but at 078 you can just see the first brown dot of a permissive path that takes you there.
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