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Falmouth

Cornwall


Slow Ways linking Falmouth and Coverack, Helston, Penryn, St Mawes

England / Cornwall / Falmouth

Falmouth’s four Slow Ways are 81% checked

Drawn: 4/4
reviewed: 4/4
verified: 3/4
and surveyed: 2/4

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Many Slow Ways have several route options. Some will be better than others, or good for different reasons.

Our goal is for each Slow Way to have at least one route that is verified and surveyed. To be verified – and get its snail badge – a route needs at least three positive reviews.

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Walk to Falmouth from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Coverack—Falmouth
Covfal one

Double check Distance 21km/13mi Ascent 530m Descent 521m
Coverack—Falmouth
Covfal two Pioneer me Distance 30km/19mi Ascent 735m Descent 730m
Coverack—Falmouth
Covfal three Enjoy me Distance 21km/13mi Ascent - Descent -
Falmouth—St Mawes
Falstm one Enjoy me Distance 5km/3mi Ascent 10m Descent 7m
Helston—Falmouth
Helfal one Verify me Distance 22km/14mi Ascent 549m Descent 576m
Helston—Falmouth
Helfal two

Double check Distance 21km/13mi Ascent 506m Descent 470m
Helston—Falmouth
Helfal three Pioneer me Distance 22km/14mi Ascent 473m Descent 438m
Penryn—Falmouth
Penfal one

Double check Distance 3km/2mi Ascent 89m Descent 77m
Penryn—Falmouth
Penfal two Survey me Distance 4km/3mi Ascent - Descent -
Penryn—Falmouth
Penfal three Verify me Distance 3km/2mi Ascent - Descent -
Penryn—Falmouth
Penfal four Pioneer me Distance 3km/2mi Ascent 19m Descent 20m

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Collective progress

55% of Falmouth’s four route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

11/11

drawn

8/11

reviewed

2/11

surveyed

3/11

verified

14 people have contributed to Falmouth’s Slow Ways

3 people have pledged to walk and review a route

2 people have surveyed a route in Falmouth

100km out of 155km have been walked and reviewed

244km of reviews have been shared in Falmouth

Latest Updates

Penryn—Falmouth

Louis Parkerson added Penfal four, a new walk from Penryn to Falmouth

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Helston—Falmouth

Cosette Ratliff pledged to walk Helfal one

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I really enjoyed this walk, such varied landscape and terrain. Definitely a couple of steep and challenging sections, which weren't too long though....

Misty Wood

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Some of the paths were a little overgrown, but passable...

Katy Shorten

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My top tip is that there is a signal to tell the ferry man that you would like to catch a ride -yellow to call him over....

Lara

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A great route between Penryn and Falmouth....

Lara

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A great route between Penryn and Falmouth....

Lara

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Slow Ways Darren took this photo on Penfal three

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Super easy and picturesque route between Penryn and Falmouth. Falmouth is such a great destination too....

Slow Ways Darren

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Coverack—Falmouth

Lara added Covfal three, a new walk from Coverack to Falmouth

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Cute little ferry route across Falmouth Bay. Really simple and easy although you'll have to pay and check the timetable....

Slow Ways Darren

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It is a mix of off-road and country lanes, with the last part following the coast and so having very good signs from the South West Coast Path. Gweek has a good village shop...

Andrew Davies

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There are two locations to hop onto the ferry from Falmouth to St Mawes....

Lara

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We walked this route, really enjoyable, some steep challenging sections after st. Keverne. Also there's a section after helford passage (after the ferry) that is impassable and we had to re-route to get down to durgan....

Misty Wood

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Public transport options: I got to the start of the walk by train to Penryn station; you could then get the train back from Falmouth Town or Penmere stations. You can also reach Penryn and Falmouth by bus....

Georgie

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One of my favourite ferry rides!...

panifex

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The ferry from Falmouth is cheap and regular, but the last one is at 5 o’clock, so the alternative route along roads is definitely required....

panifex

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Excellent short walk with beautiful scenery echoing much of what has been written in the previous two reviews. The only update is that as of May 2023 the fare for the Flushing Ferry is £4....

Paul Haines

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Paul Haines took this photo on Penfal two

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Penryn—Falmouth

panifex added Penfal three, a new walk from Penryn to Falmouth

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Lovely short walk on the north side of the river Penryn to Flushing, where you can catch a ferry to Falmouth (£3.50 in May 2022). Plenty of public transport options back to the start point....

Charles Hedley

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Charles Hedley took this photo on Penfal two

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Interestingly, having walked in a direction from Helston to Falmouth, there were more footpath signs better suited to walking from Falmouth!...

Paul Haines

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At high tide these may not be passable but alternative route sections are available. The Flushing Ferry runs 7 days a week, hourly in the winter and every 30 minutes in the summer until 4pm winter/ 5pm summer....

bennsal

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Almost all the route is on roads...

Cranager

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Penryn—Falmouth

Cranager added Penfal two, a new walk from Penryn to Falmouth

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This was an enjoyable slow way, taking a relatively direct route between Falmouth and Helston. A particular highlight was the selection of small, wooded valleys the route passed through....

everydayduffy

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everydayduffy took this photo on Helfal two

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However the route does include some significant sections of country road without pavement where care is needed....

JTinsley

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The route starts at the Prince of Wales pier in Falmouth ending at the Helston information centre. This route took about 5 hours to complete with a lunch break and a snack break and takes you through the centre of Falmouth, Budock Water, Constantine, Gweek and Helston, providing a number of opportunities for those wanting to stock up on food/water supplies....

otinsley

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However access is limited by stairs (4-30 dependant on the tide) at both ports and on the ferry itself Phone ahead to discuss help with access...

bennsal

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Falmouth

ericbobson surveyed Falmouth

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Coverack—Falmouth

Slow Ways added Covfal one, a new walk from Coverack to Falmouth

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Coverack—Falmouth

Slow Ways added Covfal two, a new walk from Coverack to Falmouth

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Falmouth—St Mawes

Slow Ways added Falstm one, a new walk from Falmouth to St Mawes

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Helston—Falmouth

Slow Ways added Helfal one, a new walk from Helston to Falmouth

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Helston—Falmouth

Slow Ways added Helfal two, a new walk from Helston to Falmouth

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Helston—Falmouth

Slow Ways added Helfal three, a new walk from Helston to Falmouth

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Penryn—Falmouth

Slow Ways added Penfal one, a new walk from Penryn to Falmouth

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Falmouth, Wed 19 June

18°

Partly cloudy

Falmouth’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

SW8072932988

Lat / Lon

50.15629° / -5.07111°

Easting / Northing

180,729E / 32,988N

Fancy stretching your legs a bit more?

If you’ve polished off all of the routes between Falmouth and its neighbours, how about walking its whole web?

This includes the great ring of routes that join its neighbours to each other!

Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Falmouth's meeting point

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

Accommodation

Accommodation for under £50 a night

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

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