Maenporth to Swanpool Path Walk

Maenporth to Swanpool Path Walk

The South West Coast Path runs through Swanpool and 2 miles south round Pennance Point and Newporth Head you reach Maenporth beach. The path is relatively easy walking, although it does get muddy in the winter months, with good views over Falmouth Bay.

When you’re ready to begin, head to the beach café and pick up the coast path behind it. Quite quickly the path rises until you’re on the cliffs with stunning views back along the coast – on a clear day you can see The Lizard.

Below you on the rocks, look out for the remains of the Ben Asdale, sadly wrecked on a wild winter’s night in 1978. When you reach Swanpool, you can take a detour round the nature reserve, an SSSI that is home to swans and ducks. It is also the only place in the UK where you can find Trembling Sea Mat, a microscopic animal that thrives in brackish waters. Leaving Swanpool, pick up the coast path again and head towards Gyllyngvase. Ahead of you, Falmouth town, Pendennis Castle and St Anthony’s Head and the lighthouse will start to come into view, and soon you’ll reach the Blue Flag Gyllyngvase Beach.


Maenporth Beach Car Park,


Falmouth TR11 5HN,


Tel: +44 1392 383560