Pendennis Point, Falmouth to Mawnan Smith
This five mile walk can be done either way affording views south to the Lizard or east to the Roseland peninsula. This walk includes four beaches separated by small headlands, ideal for easing into the beauty of Cornwall. Use the walk (or part of it) to visit the beaches at Gyllyngvase, Swanpool, Maenporth or Nansidwell.
Start at the carpark out on Pendennis Point and follow the road as it curves around below the castle to the seafront. The road can be followed for about a mile above the beach all the way to Gyllingvase beach where there is always plenty going on. From here the South West Coast Path follows a path above the cliff as it winds around to Swanpool beach. There's a nature reserve at Swanpool, a pond cut off from the sea. Not surprisingly there are swans to be found here, whilst underwater the Trembling Sea Mat is a rare, protected species made up of tiny sea creatures 1-2mm in size.
Climbing the road opposit, turn left after the restaurant onto the coast path, which carries on uphill out to the point, known locally as the Stack. From here its a nice walk to Maenporth Beach. This is a favourite with locals, tucked away from the busy beaches in Falmouth itself. From here the South West Coast Path continues towards Rosemullion Head. Halfway along paths lead inland from Bream Beach to the Hotel Meudon, a nice place for afternoon tea (but you may need to book). The next beach is Nansidwell and from here a footpath leads inland to a small carpark at Chenhalls, turn left here and follow the road into Mawnan Smith, from where you can catch a bus (March2022) back into Falmouth.
Detailed walking instructions, more information about what you'll see along the way and a printable map for part of this route can be found on the South West Coast Path website.
OS Explorer 103 is the map for the area.