Words by Chef Hylton Espey.
The coastal path walk or paddle to Maenporth from Falmouth is a must for any traveller. You have the option (depending on the weather) to explore the coast from land or sea. The walk is fantastic and you get away from everything as you meander above the sea cliffs starting out from Swanpool towards Maenporth, passing bramble and old WWII Bunkers.
From the water you paddle over clear water past sea caves and between ocean Gully’s before discovering an open beach hidden below the cliffs, don’t look too close, it is popular with nudists. As you approach the bay of Maenporth you will discover the wreck of the Ben Asdale, a trawler which ran aground in 1978. It is then a gentle paddle around the corner into Maenporth to relax on the beach before the return journey. The round trip is approximately 3.5 miles on foot and the destination is fabulous.
Pictured above the Ben Asdale Wreck on the Left. Chef Hylton on the right, paddling just off of Meanporth Beach.