St. Anthony Head Walk

St. Anthony Head Walk

A circular walk of either 4½ or 6 miles can be started from the ferry landing stage at Place. Alternatively you can start from the car park at St Anthony Head. This also gives you the option of the shorter, easy, level ‘there and back’ walk to the stile above Porthbeor Beach. Whichever alternative you take, there are magnificent views as well as plenty of historical and wildlife interest to enjoy along the way.

The walk includes three lovely beaches and lots of interest. At St. Anthony Head is The St. Anthony Battery – the remains of a gun emplacement built in the late 19th century and which was operational until 1956, protecting the port of Falmouth from invaders in conjunction with fortifications at Pendennis Castle and St Mawes. In 1956, the National Trust took over the property. It is free to look round and there are toilets.

Also worth visiting on the site is the Battery Observation Post built in the Second World War. This doubles as a bird hide and there is a frieze identifying various visible landmarks. On the top of the cliffs immediately above the battery is an orientation table. There are some scenically positioned benches which make good picnic spots.

Downhill from the battery is St Anthony octagonal lighthouse built in 1835 to warn ships off the Manacles Reef. The stretch of the walk along the Percuil River overlooking St Mawes with many moored boats is especially attractive. The walk starts at the National Trust car park at Porth Farm. To get there, turn off the A3078 at Trewithian signposted for Portscatho. Stay on this road, avoiding the turn offs for Portscatho itself. Ignore the right fork for Percuil and not far after joining the side of the creek, the car park is on the right.