Lace up your boots and head outside because you’ll find some of the best walking in the country.
Roundhouse Barns is situated within easy reach of some of the Roseland’s best walks. The great thing about Cornwall is that it enjoys the mildest climate in Britain which means guests can enjoy walking here at any time of year.
The most western edge of the Roseland Peninsula is a place of open fields, secluded bays and ancient woodland. Some of the Roseland’s best walks are accessed from the top of our driveway – from 45 minute ambles to full day hikes, they’re suitable for anyone. The Cornish Coast Path runs for 258 miles around Cornwall. From towering cliffs, windblown estuaries and superb surf beaches, many of the most beautiful parts of the Coastal Path are within easy reach from Roundhouse Barns. The Cornwall Coastal Footpath makes so much of it accessible to the walker and hiker.
We walk every day with our dogs so there are not many places we haven’t walked, here are a few of our favourites...
Walks we love
Need to stretch your legs after a long car journey? The just turn right at the end of our driveway and walk down the lane to the beach at Turnaware, you can stay on the lane or head right into the woods and walk along the creek.
There are glorious views across the Fal River and a view of the NT Trelissick House from the beach. Keep an eye out for grey herons, little white egrets, oystercatchers and cormorants. Out of peak holiday times we also have grey seals in and around the creek – they very wisely head out to sea when the river gets busy in summer! A half an hour round trip unless you stay awhile on the beach and even a handy bench halfway up the hill, to relax on the way back.
Turn left out of our driveway and follow the lane to the Messack footpaths, here you can go right for a lovely two mile walk, taking in fields, woodland and passing Messack Point, where you can drop down for a swim or just sit and watch the activities on the water.
Take the left path and it will take you down the hill to the creekside path to St Just in Roseland Church and its sub tropical gardens. Take a while to relax in the peace and stillness of this beautiful church. If you go when the tide is high and there is no wind the church is reflected in St Just pool – a stunning scene. You may also spot kingfishers here. Turn right out of the church and it leads you to Pasco’s Boatyard and from here keen walkers can take the footpath all the way into St Mawes, along the river, with numerous chances to drop down for a quick swim. You can return along the top footpath by the water tower in St Mawes until you need to drop down to the church and retrace your steps.
Turn left up the hill from the church to visit Miss V’s Tea Hut for a cuppa and a lovely piece of cake or a cream tea – check beforehand as it has seasonal opening.
Everyone should visit St Anthony's Head when they are here! You have three options to get there either drive straight there and park in the National Trust car park, park at Portscatho and walk or park in St Mawes and catch the tiny ferry to Place.
Either way there are a number of circular walks you can do to admire the beauty of the coastline and see St Mawes from the other side of the river. All are well signposted, take plenty of water as the only refreshments are at Towan or Portscatho. If you want to do the longest, 9 miles circular walk, then it’s best to have a half way refreshment stop at Portscatho, where there are a number of options for lunch and refreshments (and toilets)! Look out for seals along the way, maybe drop down to one of the many beaches you pass for a quick swim or just admire the stunning views.
For beach walkers head to Carne or Pendower beaches, at low tide you can walk between the two along a mile long sandy beach and if the tide catches you out then you can return along the coastal path up on the cliffs.
There are plenty more walks, long or short, we provide maps and walking books in the cottages so you can find the ones you want to do.