On foot around Falmouth
Perfectly situated - with lots to do
St Michaels Hotel and Spa is ideally situated within walking distance of the lovely harbour town of Falmouth, the Southwest
Coastal Footpath, and the National Maritime Museum and Pendennis Castle. Equally important are all our lovely sandy beaches that
surround us, and the gorgeous walks along the footpath that take you to some of Cornwall’s outstanding gardens, both National
Trust and privately owned.
Here are a few of our favourite things to do:
Short walk before Dinner
Walk from the hotel to Swanpool beach, along the cliff path and enjoy the view, walk back along the side of the swan pool itself and watch the swans, ducks and coots playing in the water. Walk up the hill and down the other side, following Spernen Wynn Road back to the hotel. Takes about 45 minutes. Time it right and you can watch the glorious sunset over the hills towards the Lizard.
6th - 14th August 2011
Henri-Lloyd Falmouth Week has developed into the largest regatta in the South West. It provides a racing schedule to challenge the most competitive sailors, yet retains a ‘fun and friendly’ feel which also attracts families and the less experienced.
Falmouth Oyster Festival 2010
St Michael’s Hotel & Spa are the major sponsor of this popular festival.
- Falmouth Oyster Festival is held in October each year to mark the start of the Oyster Dredging season (October to April). The festival celebrates one of the last oyster fisheries still dredging under sail and oar.
Fal River Festival
27th May - 5th June 2011
The Fal River Festival, which will run from
May 27th - June 5th in
2011, is all about celebrating life on the river Fal in Cornwall.
The 9 day festival encompasses over 130 events which range from music and drama, the arts and heritage to rowing races, triathlons and walks. The festival, which was established in 2006, is celebration of life on the river, a chance to really embrace the places, people, history and culture that are connected by this very Cornish river.
20 minute walk from our hotel along the seafront.
Superb coastal setting, Pendennis offers magnificent views of Falmouth and the Fal Estuary. Pendennis Castle was built by King Henry VIII to defend against possible attack by Spain and France.
picture by Paul Watts courtesy of VisitCornwall
This beautiful 26 acre garden is listed among the 80 finest in the world. The steeply wooded ravine descends to a secluded beach on the Helford River. A stream cascades over waterfalls and water gardens with ponds full of Koi carp and through two acres of massed blue and white hydrangeas. Huge 100 year old tree-ferns mingle with a forest of rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias under a canopy of ancient oaks and beeches. Truly a garden for all seasons. 15 minute drive from the Hotel.
Walk round Pendennis Point
Walk along the seafront, taking in Castle beach, stunning views to the Lizard, as you round the Point, St Antony lighthouse and St Mawes. Explore the little Dennis Blockhouse a Tudor gun emplacement built by Henry VIII to supplement the canons on top of the hill at the castle. Then walk on to overlook Falmouth Docks. Follow the road round to the roundabout, and walk up Melville Road until you find Stracey Road. (approximately 75 minutes) Pic shows view across to St Anthony lighthouse, from the water just off Pendennis.
Go shopping in Falmouth
Falmouth town has a variety of specialist shops, boutiques and galleries to tempt you as well as many of the national chain stores. Allow 15 minutes to walk into town, then take your time.
15 minute drive from the hotel. Owned by the National Trust, Glendurgan is a real find! A garden of three valleys, that reaches down to the sparkling waters of the Helford River. The garden has trees and shrubs that have been collected from all around the world. In spring the camellias, rhododendrons, magnolias and azaleas are a sight to behold, carpeted beneath with wild flowers.
Year-round LIVE Music, Drama, Entertainment & Beautiful Gardens.
All just a gentle stroll away, along the seafront.