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Car-free aroundFalmouthCornwall

Explore the subtropical South Cornish landscapes by train, bus, boat, or on foot from Falmouth, a busy port with the world’s third deepest natural harbour. This sea-faring town makes an excellent base and is home to the National Maritime Museum. There’s plenty to see in and around the town: have tea by the harbour or sail over the river, ride out into the woodland, or walk one of the gentler sections of the South West Coast Path. These are just a few suggestions for great days out.

  • County: Cornwall
  • Great for: boat trips | gardens | good cafés and pubs | scenic bus and train | walking |
  • Refreshments: Cafés along coast path and in Trebah gardens; loads of choice in towns.
  • Please note: researched/updated October 2017. If anything’s changed or you have tips to share, do get in touch:
  1. 3. Ferry across the Fal


    Sail over the wide waters of the River Fal to the white-washed fishing village of St Mawes – one of Cornwall’s most distinctive boat trips.

    • Lots of ferries leave from the Prince of Wales Pier, including the iconic voyage to St Mawes with its 16th century castle; the ferry runs 364 days a year and costs £10 return (£9 if you book online). Dogs and bikes go free.
    • What would be a frustrating, hour-long trip by road is a simple, twenty-minute boat ride over the river. A relaxing way to see the harbour sights or to continue a car-free journey around Cornwall.
    • You can also buy combined tickets or voyage further afield, taking a river trip to Truro or around the beautiful Roseland peninsula.
  1. 4. Take a trip to Truro

    This Georgian city, with its narrow, cobbled lanes, three rivers and towering cathedral, makes a lively day out.

    • The reliable U1 bus leaves Falmouth every half an hour (including Sundays) for the 45-minute journey to Truro.
    • On the way, there are some huge views from the bus windows and long wooded valleys beside the River Kennall. Look out for evidence of Cornwall’s industrial heritage – this valley once housed gunpowder factories and iron foundries.
    • The bus goes through pretty Penryn and past ancient Devichoy’s wood, where you could stop off in season to see bluebell carpets or autumn colour. There’s an accessible half-hour circular walking route around the reserve.
    • Truro itself is packed with galleries, shops and cafes, like the cheerful Duke Street Sandwich Deli, close to the cathedral; or the Compton Castle boat café, right next to the bus station and open 9am-3pm: handy if you need to wait!


Look out for the Good Journey Mark – where car-free visitors are welcome and enjoy a discount

Visit car-free in 2020!