A day packed with water crossings and iconic beaches on this penultimate section from Penzance to Falmouth.
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.
It should be said that the South West Coast Path is made up of largely coastal and cliffside walking and is not suitable for anyone suffering from vertigo or fear of heights. Take your time and great care when walking along the smaller cliff-side edged paths and be extra vigilant when walking in the rain or strong winds. Since the weather often changes rapidly in these areas, it can be difficult to predict so always check the weather ahead of time and be prepared.
At some sections on the trail you may have to pass other walkers on these cliffside paths - take your time, take great care and attention and pass safely.
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