Walks in Cornwall: Mawnan Smith & Rosemullion Head

Picture of a coastal walk around Mawnan Smith & Rosemullion Head in Cornwall

The Helford area is one of the most beautiful and tranquil places in Cornwall. It is, quite simply, a paradise for walkers.


The Rosemullion Head circular is a moderate four mile route which starts at Mawnan Church and takes in the best this area has to offer. Although it’s short enough to complete in a couple of hours, it covers variety of terrain, including pretty woodland and fields as well as a stretch along the coast.

Water is never far away, whether that’s a teasing glimpse of the sea through the trees, panoramic views across the estuary or the sound of a stream nearby as you wander through the woods.

There are several small coves along the way which make ideal stopping points for picnics or to sit and watch the boats going to and from.


During the spring, this area is full of wildflowers, with masses of bluebells and wild garlic.

Mawnan Parish Church

The church dates back to 1231 and is dedicated to St Mawnan. Sitting just 100m from the coast path, it’s a peaceful haven that’s well worth a visit at the beginning or end of your walk.


More information

You can find full details of the Rosemullion Head circular walk and other walks around the Helford area on the South West Coast Path website. If you fancy combining a walk with some time at the beach, there’s an excellent 5.3 mile circular walk from Maenporth Beach to Rosemullion Head.


There’s a network of paths in this area and plenty of options for different routes, so you may prefer just to take a map and explore!


Getting there

Mawnan Parish Church is on the outskirts of Mawnan Smith village, just outside Falmouth. It’s approximately 45 minutes’ drive from Bosinver. You can park outside the church (Old Church Road, SW 788 272). There is a suggested donation of £2.

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