The Best Trails Around the Roseland Heritage Coast

It's time to lace up your boots...

For guests enjoying a stay at our villas in Cornwall, the Roseland Heritage Coast is a walker's dream, just a 40 minute drive South. Peppered with trails that meander through scenic fields, shady woodlands, flower-filled meadows and along shimmering waters, this designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is definitely worth bringing the camera for!

With a natural landscape made up of craggy cliffs, windswept headlands and soft sandy beaches, there are a myriad of ways to explore the coast. For those that enjoy exploring on two feet, we've selected some of our favourite trails below...

Popular National Trust Walks on the Roseland Heritage Coast
(Please note that the walking trails can prove very popular with visitors, so we encourage guests to park responsibly and maintain social distancing wherever possible during your walk).

St Anthony Head Circular Walk
35 mins (1 mile)

Enjoying unbelievable panoramic views across Falmouth Bay towards Pendennis Castle, the lighthouse at St Anthony Head is an iconic point on the Roseland Heritage Coast and the perfect starting point for a memorable stroll. The headland itself has now been classified as a 'Site of Special Scientific Interest' owing to it's position overlooking the entrance to one of the world's largest natural harbours; Carrick Roads and it's incredibly diverse marine ecosystem. There is actually a historic battery on the headland too, which once defended this estuary to the River Fal. The circular walk itself isn't that strenuous, and begins in the St Anthony Head Car Park and is clearly signposted.

Porth Farm Circular Walk
1h 45 mins (3 miles)

This slightly longer circular walk begins 5-minutes drive north from St Anthony's lighthouse, so explorers can enjoy a different perspective of the beautiful coastline. Starting from the Porth Farm Car Park, follow the pink markers, taking in the sleepy seals rolling in the surf on Towan Beach (if you're lucky!) and continuing on to the scenic Kilgerran Head. Once you reach the tiny hamlet of Bohortha, cut across country along the winding lanes until you reach the other coast, snaking along the estuary until you reach your starting point. 

Carne Beach to Kiberick Car Park
2h 30 mins (4 miles)

Taking in some incredible natural wonders and cultural highlights, this substantial double-looped trail is fantastic for those wanting a half-day adventure (with opportunities for a picnic thrown in!). Stops to look out for include Carne Beacon, an Iron Age earthwork; a Second World War decoy bunker; a delightful wooded valley and jaw-dropping views from the tip of Nare Head.

Top Tips

  • Make sure to always pack and wear the appropriate footwear when undertaking any trail, as the ground can often prove uneven - the same applies to good outerwear as the weather can be changeable!
  • Don't forget to pack a drink and a snack, as you may find you want to extend the walk and take in the views
  • The Roseland Visitor Centre offers fantastic resources for those wanting to explore the local area - you can find directions from our luxury villas in Cornwall, here.

Points Of Interest

Whilst walking the Roseland Peninsula...