Fowey

South West Coast Path: Falmouth to Plymouth

Walk this diverse section of the South West Coast Path from Falmouth to Plymouth. 

Start your adventure with a short ferry crossing to St Mawes and wander around the fabulous medieval castle grounds before following the southern coastline to Plymouth. Discover dramatic coastlines, colourful harbours, quaint unspoilt fishing villages and great locally-caught seafood. Megavissey, Charlestown and Fowey are all great places to add extra nights and you can take time to visit the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan en route.

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Hiking trail · Carrick
Falmouth to Portloe
moderate
21.5 km
5:00 h
232 m
215 m

After departing the ferry, you follow the trail to St Anthony's Peninsular, passing beaches and valleys before you approach Portscatho, continue ...

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Hiking trail · Carrick
Portloe to Mevagissey
moderate
19.7 km
6:30 h
481 m
497 m

Continuing the cliff walking for the beginning of this picturesque section, take the path up to Dodman point with views of Lizard and onward ...

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Hiking trail · Restormel
Mevagissey to Charlestown
moderate
11.6 km
3:00 h
250 m
234 m

After leaving the harbour and passing through Pentewan, you begin one of the most challenging sections along the southern coast. 

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Hiking trail · Restormel
Charlestown to Par
easy
5.5 km
1:30 h
45 m
64 m

Follow this short and relatively easy section, partly on tarmac road,  to connect from Charlestown to Par.

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Hiking trail · Restormel
Par to Fowey
moderate
11.1 km
3:30 h
184 m
168 m

A relaxed day's walking, the path crosses through Par and on to the viewpoint at Gribbon Head. Walk through literary history and past castle ruins ...

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Hiking trail · Caradon
Fowey to Polperro
moderate
11.4 km
4:00 h
318 m
303 m

After a ferry to Polruan, be prepared for a challenging section of the Path. Be sure to rest between steep ascents and take in the expansive ...

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Hiking trail · Caradon
Polperro to Looe
easy
7.7 km
2:30 h
184 m
212 m

Leave Polperro, another favouite escape for Victorian-era holidaymakers, and follow the coast on a gentle and enjoyable walk to Looe. 

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Hiking trail · Caradon
Looe to Portwrinkle
moderate
12.9 km
4:15 h
356 m
314 m

After climbing up to Bodigga Cliff, continue on past small seaside hamlets, on woodland paths and stretches of road. Be aware of potential ...

from Callum Broad,   Macs Adventure Ltd
moderate
20.9 km
5:30 h
355 m
378 m

This day to Plymouth is a varied day of woodland, clifftop and beach walking. The last couple of miles of the walk follow the waterfront walkway to ...

from Callum Broad,   Macs Adventure Ltd