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Hiking trail

Porthallow to Mawnan Smith

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Map / Porthallow to Mawnan Smith
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A day packed with water crossings and iconic beaches on this penultimate section from Penzance to Falmouth. 

moderate
15.4 km
4:30 h
139 m
140 m

Follow the trail past Nare Point with your first views of Falmouth. Cross the river by ferry at Helford Passage.  A timetable is available in all the local shops. If there is nobody around it can operate on a request basis and you have to display a yellow disc at the slipway to alert the ferryman. After your crossing, a grassy bank leads to Trebah Beach. Here the views across the picturesque Helford River are a highlight. There are beautiful gardens at Glendurgan with sub-tropical plants so its worth a visit if you have time (make sure to check the garden opening times).

If you are overnighting in Mawnan Smith, follow your accommodation directions and guidebook from Port Saxon inland. Otherwise, you'll continue on the next stage directly to Falmouth. 

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
62 m
Lowest point
1 m
Best time of year
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Tips, hints and links

This tour appears in the following itineraries:

WES(SWCP)PTF2

WES(SWCP)PTF1

Start

Porthallow (7 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
50.067901, -5.079786
UTM
30U 351163 5548252

Destination

Port Saxon

Turn-by-turn directions

These maps and routes are designed to be used in conjunction with our traditional documentation. We have recently embarked on a conversion initiative to bring the two elements together, and this itinerary will be covered in due course.

In the meantime, using the two elements alongside each other should go a long way to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem free day.

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
15.4 km
Duration
4:30 h
Ascent
139 m
Descent
140 m
In and out Scenic

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Highest point
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