South West Way 3
South Cornwall Coast Path

  • Route:
    Falmouth to Plymouth
  • Grade:
    Moderate to Strenuous
  • Distance:
    75 Miles (120 Kms)

  • Walking Days:
    6 Days, Walking 12-13 Miles A Day

Each section is planned to enable a car to be left at a central point and by using public transport you can return to it at the end of your holiday. For this reason the sections do not end exactly at county boundaries. Our route follows the traditional paths coastguards walked while patrolling the cliffs on the lookout for smugglers. On some sections the route diverts inland due to cliff erosion. Some parts are very rugged, with footpaths descending into a valley only to climb to the clifftop again. There are a number of river crossings, with lengthy detours if the ferries are not operational (they have a very short summer season). The ever-changing landscape with secluded coves of golden sands which only the walker can reach make these walks a memory to treasure.

This part of the Coast Path is very scenic, with ferry trips over several rivers. It starts at one busy harbour and ends at another, with many small ones in between. Sometimes seals can be seen in the sea below the cliffs. During the nesting season the cliffs are very busy indeed. When you pass through the ancient port of Charlestown, near St Austell, you may see a sailing ship in the harbour. The route meanders over grassy hills and through little villages, finishing in a country park across the Tamar from Plymouth. The Cremyll Ferry travels across the river to the end of the walk.

The Cremyll Ferry - Another river crossing 

The Cremyll Ferry - Another river crossing

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