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Argal lake

Our Top 3 Walks Along the South Coast of Cornwall

Argal Lake, Penryn Circular walk and picnic spots

It’s about the hazy lazy days of summer. The buzzing of bees and long sweet meadows make for perfect picnic days.

In a lovely valley close to Penryn, Argal Lake offers a peaceful countryside retreat minutes from the hotel. Surrounded by sloping fields, it is overlooked by the picturesque Mabe Church.

The lake is noted for its wildlife and walks and there’s a circular walk of about two miles (stout footwear is recommended) which passes through woods and meadows.

Here’s how to get there by car, so you can top it up with picnic stuff:

Leave the hotel and turn left onto Gyllyngvase Hill, and turn left again onto Melville Road, follow the road along, to the mini roundabout by the recreation ground, take the left lane and stay left and go along behind the grounds on Tregenver Road, at the end of this road turn left onto Trescobeas Road, at Union Corner mini-roundabouts turn right then immediately turn left onto Kergilliack Road, then left onto Hillhead Road, bear right, turn right.

Round Pendennis Point

Falmouth Docks

Sniff the sea air as you stroll along the seafront. Take in the far ranging views across Falmouth. From the Lizard and the Manacles in the south to the the picturesque St Anthony’s lighthouse on the other side of the bay.

Once on the point, look just south-east of Pendennis Castle and you’ll discover the Little Dennis Blockhouse right on the water’s edge. The blockhouse was built in 1544-46 as part of Henry VIII’s chain of coastal defences to defend against possible French or Spanish invasion. Sources disagree to whether it was dismantled in 1564 or whether it had developed by 1800 into a small fort – but either way, it was always used as sub-defence of Pendennis Castle.

Carry on round to the docks where you can overlook some of the world’s super yachts being built.

To get back to the hotel in time for an afternoon tea, keep following the road down the hill, cross over at the roundabout and keep going until you find Stracey Road. The round trip should take you about an hour, more if you keep stopping of course, but then everyone has an ice cream or two along the way.

Malpas to Tresillian

Malpas walk

A lovely weekend jaunt is the Malpas to Tresillian walk. Take a leisurely walk and it will take about 3-4 hours. We like it because it includes a pub at the start and end, plus a tearoom in the middle – perfect.

Park in Malpas near The Heron pub and follow the road along past the pub right to the end. Join the footpath which goes to the left of the last house and into the woods. Stick to the path through the woods and around the edge of the river. Look out for the two brilliant rope swings on the big corner. As you get into the pretty riverside village of St Clements, seek out the tearoom near the church where you can refuel and rest before the next leg. You can go a bit further along the river out of St Clements and towards Tresillian or turn back. Spot the sign in St Clements which will guide you a different way back to Malpas, up past the pretty church and across the fields.

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