Walking

Walking trail

A lighthouse, an old paraffin store and a bird hide

Walking trail

At the tip of the Roseland peninsula, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, St Anthony Head commands panoramic views across Falmouth Bay. The headland is now a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest, while the military fort has been of strategic importance for centuries, guarding the entrance to Falmouth harbour.

St Anthony Head lighthouse

Map

St Anthony Head Circular Walk Map

Start:

St Anthony Head car park

1

Your walk begins at the entrance to St Anthony Head car park, just before the parking area itself, where you will see an information board about the headland. The large scale map shows the walk route outlined in pink and your starting point. From here, cross the road and take the path opposite, way-marked by the sign showing “Link to Coast Path”.

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2

The steep path winds its way down through shrubby tree cover, until you reach a series of stone steps near the bottom. Little Molunan beach is before you, with its wooden bridge crossing the stream above. If you do not intend to spend time on the beach, follow the coast path around to your left.

3

After a few yards, you will come to a white wooden gate with a stone style around it on the seaward side that doubles as a viewing point. Passing through these, continue on along the coast path.

4

100 metres or so further on, a small white building, the Old Paraffin Store, will be seen to your right. Towards the end of this low section of coast path you will find yourself approaching the Lighthouse. Your walk dog-legs back up to the left before reaching the lighthouse, which you may choose to view before continuing on.

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5

Take your time to climb the steep section of path that leads back up to the car park. Just before the very top you can take a detour to your right, to visit the battery observation post and bird hide. Otherwise, turn right at the top way-marker, and head on out towards the fortifications on the top of the headland.

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6

After spending time admiring the views across Falmouth Bay and beyond, continue your walk along the coast path as it winds around to your left through shrubby vegetation. The view will open up on your right, to reveal the tiny sheltered bay overlooked by the bird hide below on the right and steep cliffs opposite on the left.

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7

Follow the path on for about 100 metres or so, until you see a pink arrow way-marker pointing you leftwards inland. Passing by arable fields and wide inland views to your right, the path returns you to the car park and your start point, via a wooden gate at the end.

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End:

St Anthony Head car park

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A lighthouse, an old paraffin store and a bird hide

Terrain

Be prepared for a range of well-maintained terrain with naturally uneven coast paths and some very steep sections, steps and stiles. Some short sections may be muddy after prolonged wet weather. Take extra care near cliff edges on coastal paths.

A lighthouse, an old paraffin store and a bird hide

How to get here

Address
St Anthony Head car park, Military Road, Truro, TR2 5HA
By train

Truro station, 20 miles by road to St Anthony Head (the mostly southerly point on the Roseland). From Falmouth station you can continue your journey by passenger ferry to St Mawes.

By road
From A30 take B3275 via Ladock, then A390 towards St Austell, turning onto A3078 to St Mawes. Turn off A3078 signposted Gerrans/ Portscatho, travelling through villages onto Porth and then St Anthony Head.
Sat Nav: TR2 5HA
By foot

The South West Coast Path winds through the whole of the Roseland.

By ferry

Passenger ferries link Falmouth, Truro, St Mawes and Place (near St Anthony Head). The King Harry Ferry is an iconic car ferry connecting the Roseland with Falmouth and Truro.

By bus

Western Greyhound 550 Truro to St Mawes.

By bicycle

National Cycle Network Route 3 connects Portloe and Pendower with the King Harry Ferry. See Sustrans for details.

A lighthouse, an old paraffin store and a bird hide

Facilities and access

  • car park and toilets