Ships and the seashore

A circuit walk from Flushing to Mylor.

Gazing out from the upstairs window of the Captain’s House you can see Trefusis Point and this pretty headland surrounded by sea. It’s just a short walk down to the Prince of Wales pier, hop on to the Flushing ferry, and a great walk around this headland to Mylor.

Step off the little ferry onto Flushing pier and you are greeted by the Waterside cafe, if you need refreshment before your walk or save it till after if you have to fill in time before the ferry back. Settled by the Dutch community in the 17th century Flushing was a popular place for the captains of the packet ships who built themselves grand, Queen Anne style houses. Shipbuilding its principal trade for many years as well as fishing which still continues there.  It is now a quiet little community with one shop, a few pubs and some lovely houses many of which had twinkling Christmas trees and lights in their windows as I strolled by on afternoon walk in late December.

Follow a footpath through woods and out to a path along the shore to Trefusis Point. You’ll find several ways on to the beach and if it’s low tide you can continue your walk on the beach. There are stunning views of Carrick Roads, the Fal River and across to Falmouth and it’s busy Harbour. Look up at the houses on the hill and there you will see the Captain’s House grandly placed on the ridge watching over activity in the world’s third largest deep water harbour.

The details of this circuit walk are given here

Around the headland is the pretty little village and yacht haven of Mylor. In the summer, the place is abuzz with sailing boats. Take a break and have a drink in Castaways, or in the cafe that offers delicious homemade food. Then past the little church – you can pop in too – before walking along Mylor Creek, following the footpath through the woods that takes you up the hill and then on down a large field and back into Flushing. It takes about 45 minutes to Mylor and another 45 minutes back to the ferry pier.

If you’re early for your ferry and don’t want a drink at Waterside cafe take a seat in the little hut on the pier called the Waterman’s Rest. The walls are lined with old black and white pictures of village characters from time gone by including fishermen, the billiards league and Flushing Male Voice Choir.

The little ferry from Flushing to Falmouth and back has a regular service throughout the year. You can find it’s timetable here.

View of Falmouth docks from Trefusis Point

 

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