Falmouth & Roseland Guidebook



It’s a surprise to come across a tidal estuary at all, so deep in the heart of rural Cornwall; to be walking through a landscape of fields and country lanes far from the sea, but then to stumble upon a valley brimful of seawater. This book follows the coast from Maenporth to Falmouth then swings into the Fal Estuary and along Carrick Roads past Mylor and the Pandora Inn to the wooded creeks around Trelissick, Malpas and Ruan Lanihorne. After an excursion to Tregothnan and Philleigh, we cross the Fal River near the King Harry Ferry into the beautiful Roseland Peninsula to explore St Just-in-Roseland, St Mawes, St Anthony Head, Porth and Portscatho ending at Nare Head near Veryan.

ISBN: 978-1-904645-11-5 
Edition: 5th (2019)
Pages: 96 
Size: 240mm x 140mm


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Customer Reviews

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Book Review – August 2020 – Sallie Eden

Written by Falmouth born Neil Reid, this is an updated (2019) edition of a guide first published in 1995. It includes photos and maps of Falmouth, the Fal estuary and the Roseland, plus recommended walks (and, incidentally, sails around the area).

There are highlighted boxes suggesting places to visit, transport options and activities from castles to kayaks. But this isn’t just a guide book for holidaymakers, It also draws on local history and the Cornish language, outlining the influence of key figures, the role of the sea and the rivers as transport.

It’s an area I know well, but there were lots of “interesting facts” of which I was unaware: the derivation of some of the oddly named places, the use of local arsenic as a pesticide, the legends of St Mylor and St Ruan (although more sensitive readers might want to skip those references and concentrate on the rather more attractive description of St Kea’s life).

Reading this book, I didn’t expect to learn anything new. I was wrong. But, more than that, I was inspired to revisit places I’m already familiar.

Top Guide in a top series

I know Falmouth well having spent my childhood in Truro at the farthest end of the river from the "Fal mouth". The Fal, its inlets and its opening to the sea and Helford shape this whole area in a way that road based guides cannot show. Organising the guide around the river Fal ( the second largest tidal "ria" in the world after Sydney harbour) has brought me new insights, guidance and knowledge to colour in all that I had accumulated in the previous 70 years. So I have bought several more for friends who have come down to visit Cornwall and they have loved in. In addition to guidance it reveals a love and affection for the area brought from time and familiarity. Thank you.

Falmouth and Roseland Guidebook

A very nice little guide book full of Interesting maps and articles.

Falmouth and Roseland guide book

Great book and wonderful service thank you