Autumn Walks

The tiny hamlet of Durgan on the Helford River, Cornwall

We love the Cornwall coast path, it's a great way to get close to nature and enjoy some spectacular views. We spoke to National Trust volunteer Paul Miller, who loves nothing better than getting out exploring the coast of Cornwall with his trusty Doberman, Sophie. Being something of an expert on the local terrain, Paul shares two manageable circular walks from Budock Vean, taking in the best coast and country paths. 

 

Walk 1

Circular walk from Budock Vean Hotel via Mawnan Old Church return to Budock Vean Hotel. Approximately 5 miles. Easy/moderate terrain.

Leaving the Hotel entrance turn right, continue to junction sign posted Helford Passage - turn right follow road down hill to beach (Passage Cove) turn left onto coast path. Follow path passing behind Trebah beach at Polgwidden Cove to the pretty hamlet of Durgan, keeping the Helford river on the right hand side continue on the coast path to firstly Porth Saxon beach and then Porthallock beach. Turn left through gate sign posted to Mawnan Old Church 1/2 mile. Continue to church.

With the church behind you continue straight ahead along a quiet residential road and at next junction turn left, continue until Carwinion House entrance on left. Immediately turn left onto gravel lane, after approximately 150 yards go through gate into field, follow path to road. Turn right. At crossroads, go straight over then left through gate sign posted Glendurgan and Trebah Gardens. Continue on path keeping road to the left hand side. At gate turn right onto road and continue to Hotel entrance, sign posted after bend Budock Vean.

 

Walk 2

Circular walk from the Budock Vean Hotel via Maenporth return to the Budock Vean Hotel. Approximately 10 miles. Easy/moderate terrain.

Maenporth Beach near Falmouth Cornwall cDreamstime Image LibraryLeaving the Hotel entrance turn right, continue to junction signposted Helford passage- turn right follow road downhill to beach (Passage Cove). Turn left onto coast path signposted Durgan 3/4 of a mile. Follow path passing behind Trebah beach. On leaving wooded area turn right signed Durgan beach. Keeping the Helford River on your right hand side continue on the coast path through Durgan, past Porth Saxon and Porthallack beach and around Rosemullion head. Continue past Gatamala and Bream Cove descending to Maenporth beach.

When you arrive at Maenporth beach the Cove restaurant is on the left hand side of the beach. Take the footpath to the right hand side. Follow the path until you get to Rosemerryn farm. Turn left at the building and follow the footpath sign towards Mawnan Smith. Cross the little bridge at the bottom of the field, climb over the stile  at the end of the next field and onto the road. Turn right and walk along the road for 150 meters and turn left onto the footpath. Follow the footpath across five fields until you get to a tiny gate, go through the gate and carry on to the stile, make your way along the footpath until you get to the road. Cross the road and turn left, walk down the road for 300 meters and turn right at the footpath sign.

Follow the footpath across a field and cross the road into another field. Cross the road at the end of the field and make your way down to the lovely little hamlet of Higher Penpoll. Turn left at the first house on the right hand side of the track onto the footpath. Follow the footpath across four fields until you get to Lower Penpoll. Walk down the bridleway to the road where you will see the stunning Port Navas Creek. Turn left and walk up the road for 50 meters and then take the footpath on the right and walk up the field to the gate. Turn right and walk up the road for 200 meters to the Hotel entrance on your right.

Paul and SophieFor more views on the local coast path why not follow Paul on Instagram @CornishWalker1 

 

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