Photograph of Falmouth

Located on the South Cornish Coast at the entrance of a large natural harbour, Falmouth’s strategic location led to the town being established as one of the most important packet ship ports in the UK. The town has retained its maritime importance as the start and finish of many a transatlantic voyage, and offers fist class sheltered waters for sailing and diving. Falmouth regularly welcomes Tall Ships to its waters and hosts sailing events such as Falmouth Week and the Pendennis Cup.

Exotic sub-tropical plants thrive in Falmouth’s mild maritime climate and many of the local parks and gardens can be enjoyed year round. Gyllyngvase Beach, which has won a Blue Flag award, is within walking distance of the town centre.  Swanpool Beach and Maenporth Beach are sandy family beaches within a short distance of the town.

The beautiful Fal estuary is best appreciated from the water. Scenic boat trips to destinations upriver such as Trelissick Gardens, Smuggler’s Cottage and Truro make for an enjoyable car free day out. A pedestrian ferry links Falmouth to St Mawes year round, offering a pleasant half hour trip across the harbour.

Click here for VisitCornwall’s guide to activities in and around Falmouth

Walks & Cycle Routes

Cornish Way (including the Mineral Tramways - Great Flat Lode & Coast to Coast Trails)

St Clement to Tresillian riverside walk
- A linear route which follows a level, unbound (natural stone) path along the banks of the Tresillian River

Mineral Tramways Coast to Coast Multi-Use Trail - Portreath to Devoran

Click here for all walks that have been added to the Walk4Life website for in and around Falmouth

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