Falmouth Town and Jacob’s Ladder

This circular walk was introduced to us by Grandma and Grandad B who like a visit to Falmouth. It fits nicely with a train journey as it takes in Falmouth Town platform. But failing that, there’s a bridge for a bit of spotting.  If that’s what you’re into. And we are. Well, some of us more than others. It also takes in views of the docks, and the 111 steps of Jacob’s Ladder, leading to The Moor (the market place). This handy cut-through was built by Jacob Hamblen for easy access between his business at the bottom, and his property at the top.

We started from Gylly Beach today, which added a little extra walking but not much.


Starting from Avenue Road (Falmouth Town platform), head down the hill towards the sea, turn left towards the town centre. Stop off at Millennium Quay, or continue on towards the shops. Follow the road lined with shops and eateries until you reach Killigrew street. The pier is just past here to your right for a small diversion. As you head up Killigrew Street, look out for the Methodist Church; Jacob’s ladder leads up and away bedside it.

When you (finally) reach the top, turn right and then left onto Clare Terrace. Follow the road along taking in the views of the harbour and docks.

On Woodlane, take the footpath (Foxes Lane). At the bottom of the hill you can return directly to the station (turn left), or walk a little further around through Melville Crescent and up towards the railway bridge. From here you can either return to the station or follow Gyllyngune Road down towards the beach where there are toilets, an ice cream hut and Gylly Beach Cafe.

Return via Gyllyngdune Gardens. There is a path that leads up to the Princess Pavillions, through subtropical gardens, (check out the shell decorated grottos and the small play area near the top). Continue through the grassy courtyard with bandstand, cross over the road and take the steps on your left, returning to Avenue Road.

You could extend this walk further, linking it with a circular walk of the headland that we did a while ago. 


Here’s a photo from The Francis Frith Collection of Jacob’s Ladder in 1924.

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Use this ordnance survey map to see the footpaths more clearly.

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