Who wants to go to the beach? On a train? Hooray, unity at last!
We often catch the train from Truro to Falmouth and pass by the pretty platform stop at Penmere. Well not today. We alighted here to be met by the friends of Penmere Platform busy at work tending the plants. We stopped to smell the roses, look at the miniature train in the little garden below and drop some money in the milk churn to support those who give up their time for this labour of love.
From here we walked to Swanpool nature reserve and the beach beyond. Similar to the lake formed by Loe Bar, Swanpool lake is one of 11 brakish lakes in the UK (made up of salt and freshwater) and as such is home to a variety of wildlife. One special, very small inhabitant is found nowhere else in the UK; the ‘trembling sea mat.’ What a great name.
At Swanpool beach we found shelter from the wind and the kids absorbed themselves, playing in the way kids do when they have a little bit of freedom, some stones and water.
Swanpool is a pretty cove with a cafe, a ‘fun bouncer’ in the summer and kayaks for hire. It’s also home to watersports school, Elemental UK offering activities such as coasteering and raftbuilding. Over the road is a crazy golf course, toilets and a car park.
From here we followed the coast path round to Gyllyngvase Beach. One of Cornwall’s most popular beaches it is wide and sandy with a cafe, Roskilly’s icecream hut, toilets and lots of rock pools at low tide. From here it’s just a 15 minute walk to Falmouth town centre, where we happened upon the International Sea Shanty festival (and an ice cream).
Tired, happy, sandy and sticky we caught the train home from Falmouth Town.
What you need to know
Parking: Parking available on side streets nearby, or park in town for a longer walk.
Pushchair suitable? Mostly. 4 or 5 steps on the coast path between Swanpool and Gylly beach but do-able.
Time: From Penmere to Swanpool – half an hour at a slow pace. Swanpool to Gylly beach – 10-15 minutes.
From Penmere Platformc car park, turn right and follow the road under the train bridge. Take the first left onto East Rise. Follow it to the end and take the footpath straight ahead of you. Continue on the road that leads down the hill and look out for the sign for Captain’s Walk on your left. At the end, turn right onto the road which leads you to Swanpool lake. We turned left and walked towards the beach with the lake on our right. The path to Gylly Beach begins in the left hand corner of the beach by the beach huts.