Beaches and Walks in Cornwall
Stunning sandy beaches, magnificent cliffs and quaint fishing coves . . .
Cornwall is blessed with a beautiful coastline. St Michaels Hotel and Spa in Falmouth is perfectly situated close to stunning sandy beaches, magnificent cliffs, quaint fishing coves, natural harbours and sweeping estuaries, where rivers that play host to myriads of tree lined creeks. Our coast takes in the industrial heritage of Cornwall, its role in smuggling and wrecking, mining, fishing and farming. Our hotel is directly on the Cornwall Coastal Footpath and we have several planned walks that include the best walks around Falmouth and further afield.
Situated across the road from the hotel, this Blue Flag sandy beach, has a beachshop, café and gardens with toilet facilities. With fantastic rock pooling for children, and a variety of shells and flotsam for children and adults to discover, Gyllyngvase offers safe bathing and clean sand.
Swanpool beach is iust a short walk along the coastal footpath from the hotel. Just cross the road, to Gyllyngvase Beach, head right, and follow the footpath signs. This beach is soft and sandy, with a café, toilets, changing rooms, and a mini golf course and trampolines. Picture by Bob Berry courtesy of VIsitCornwall
Kynance Cove The Lizard
Further afield, and about ½ an hour's drive from the hotel, is the picturesque National Trust's Kynance Cove. Situated on The Lizard, the most southerly point of mainland Britain; Kynance Cove is close to the Marconi Centre, (the site of ground-breaking wireless experiments), and an interesting place to visit. With dramatic cliff-top walks, rare wildflowers and unique geology this area is also home to England's rarest breeding bird - the Cornish Chough. Kynance Bay itself offers unequalled white-sand, turquoise water and multi-coloured islands carved by the sea from the unique Serpentine rock that forms the basis of locally crafted souvenirs.
Cadwith Cove The Lizard
Cadgwith is one of the few remaining working fishing villages in Cornwall. A cluster of thatched cottages nestle in a valley leading down to a shingle beach, where the small fleet of colourful fishing boats can be found when not out fishing. The cove has two small beaches - the fishing beach in front of the town where the slipway is right on the road. Separating this from the adjacent (swimming) beach is a small rocky outcrop called the Todden. The large cliff to the south of the cove is known as the Man o' War. Photo by Paul Watts courtesey of VisitCornwall
Helford to Falmouth approx 10 miles
This walk starts at the Helford Ferry Crossing and finishes in Falmouth. It takes in some of the most scenic river and coastal views and leads you straight back to the hotel. The full walk can be obtained from our reception team. Photo by Paul Watts courtesy of VisitCornwall
Godrevy Beach, Near Hayle
A stunning rocky headland, with the iconic lighthouse on a rocky island, the inspiration for Virginia Woolfe's literary treasure, "to the Lighthouse". National Trust owned coastline, walk around the hedland in mid winter and early spring to catch glimpses of seal cubs lounging on the rocks. A beautiflu beach in summer with lots of rock pools and safe bathing. Picture by Paul Watts courtesy of VisitCornwall.
Walking in Cornwall
All the information you need to get walking in the beautiful Cornwall countryside. More than 110 FREE Cornwall walks to download, along with details of all the books, maps and walking groups in the county.
Paul & Ceri Simmons of walkitcornwall welcome one and all to go walking in Cornwall. Day trips around the Lizard Peninsular and Helford River are available all year round, five days a week.
St Michael's work in conjunction with walkitcornwall and have put together a walking break for all to enjoy click here
This popular small cove is sheltered and safe for swimming. There is a wide stretch of sand with plenty of activities to choose from.