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Walking Place House to Portscatho

Walking Place House to Portscatho
Walking map for Falmouth and Mevagissey, Truro and St Mawes

Distance 6.2 miles (9.9 km).

Duration: 3hr

Grid reference SW854321 to SW876357.

OS Explorer Map 105

<< Previous walk: Maenporth to Place House

Next walk: Portscatho to Carne Beach >>

Looking back to St. Mawes Castle from St. Anthony

English HeritageSt. Mawes Castle Tel. (01326) 270526 Open Daily Apr 1st to Oct. 31st.

Drop diagonally down the slope of the next field towards the coast. If all is well, you should now be half an hour into your walk, as you pass a low waymarker post. Cross the stile with St. Anthony Lighthouse filling your view. Next pass through a gate and along the boardwalk to meet the NT omega of St. Anthony Head grid reference SW847311 - NT St. Anthony Head Tel. (01872) 862945 Fax. (01872) 865619. You immediately pass to the right of a metal gate up a strange detour. Continue up a relatively level path, past the whitewashed building - a former paraffin store for the lighthouse. Bear left up the ramp as it climbs sharply away from the lighthouse.

St. Anthony Lighthouse

After a few minutes climbing you arrive at St. Anthony Battery, explore if you wish. There are toilets available here. If the weather is fine, look across Carrick Roads to Pendennis Castle on the skyline opposite.

Pendennis Castle from above St. Anthony Lighthouse

Look for the coastpath above the toilets and continue past the former 6-inch gun emplacements. Stay on the level path where, 1 hour into your walk, the headlands of Porthmellin Head and Killigerran Head appear. The path rounds Zone Point and follows the contours along what is known as Drake's Downs. Proceed north-easterly climbing a little as the path nears the cliff edge. Now pass through the wooden gate and drop down gradually to Porthbeor Beach down the grassy track.

Porthbeor Beach

As it was now almost 2 hours into our walk, we stopped for lunch for 30 minutes overlooking the beach. Refreshed we continued due east now passing another NT sign and a meeting of paths, left takes one back to Place, right takes you down to the beach and straight on takes you out onto Porthmellin Head. Shortly, you will pass the NT property of Killigerran Head - a good viewpoint on a clear day. Round the point and then drop down to Towan Beach grid reference SW870330, pass through a wooden kissing gate and pass the 'wreck post'. Continue down passing the beach access and then remain on the grassy path as it runs above the beach to pass another NT sign. Walk through another gate and continue on the low cliff for a further 15 minutes before climbing slightly again up a couple of steps into a field. Ahead left the spire of Gerrans Church comes into view indicating that your journey will soon be over. Cross the stile and pass through the metal gate to meet the road leading down into Portscatho. Continue into the village where several shops and the 'Plume of Feathers' pub offer refreshment and a place to rest.

Above Towan Beach

Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in St Mawes, Mylor, Falmouth and Roseland.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:



arrowSt. Austell




Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:



	arrowSt Mawes



Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Roseland, Redruth, Truro and Mevagissey.

Nearby Attractions


There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby:

St. Mawes

	arrowLamorran House Gardens


	arrowGerrans Heritage Centre


	arrowPendennis Castle

	arrowNational Maritime Museum

	arrowPhoenix Cinema

	arrowPotager Garden


	arrowPenryn Museum

	arrowRaze the Roof

	arrowFlicka Foundation Horse and Donkey Sanctuary




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