At 630 miles long, the South West Coast Path is one of the true treasures of Cornwall, and Mawnan Smith is just half a mile from the Falmouth to Lizard stretch.
The village sits like the centre of a quarter bicycle wheel that is Rosemullion Head, with the ‘spokes’ similar to the paths that lead down to the water. This means you can get onto and off the Coast Path in a number of ways and choose how long you would like to stay on the path before heading inland to the village.
Around the local area, the Coast Path mainly follows the river and includes wooded areas, sheltered coves, stunning views of the Helford and some traditional picture postcard Cornish villages like Durgan, Helford and St Antony to stop in and explore.
Further afield, the Lizard offers a different landscape; windswept, rugged, and seldom a tree in sight – walking this section is a true delight for the keen rambler. Villages like Coverack, Porthoustock, The Lizard, Cadgwith are all great jumping off points and on the way you can explore the stunning beaches at Kynance Cove, Gunwalloe, Poldhu Cove, Housel Bay, Dollar Cove, and Kennick Sands (this last one is much better in the off season).
Venturing to West Cornwall, the Coast Path stretch around Land’s End is a must for those interested in mining history – Wheal ruins perch precariously on the cliff edge and on a good day, the views out to sea are world class. It’s definitely worth a day trip for the keen rambler.