Walks around Par
Short walks from Cornubia
Beach and pond (30-40 mins) – turn right out of front gate and, at the junction, cross the road and follow the path signposted ‘beach’. Cross the road to enter the campsite and either turn left to go past the tennis courts and bowling green to walk around the pond or straight ahead to reach the beach. You will see ducks, coot, moorhens, reed warblers and swans on the pond –look out for the mallard/muscovy cross ducks and the herons on the central island. On the beach you may see herring and black-headed gulls and oystercatchers. Look out for cormorants and shags further out which used to command a bounty per head from Mevagissey fish merchants as they eat their own weight in fish per day.
St Andrews Road duckpond and wildlife reserve (30 mins) – go left and cross the road at the junction. Keep straight on past Par Track and therailway station. There is an entrance just over the bridge on the left. There is again plenty of birdlife around the pond (the swans can often be seen flying from one pond to another with the unique sound of their wings). A good spot to sit and contemplate.
Polkerris (1-2 hrs)–continue walking from the end of the beach up over the cliffs (access from the car park up some steps) to Polkerris (30 mins). There is a good pub (Rashleigh) for a drink or a meal. Return the way you came or up over the hill and turn left at the top to come back down into Par (40 mins). Or you can walk right around the cliffs to Fowey (4-5 hrs) and catch the bus back from the Safe Harbour pub.
Charlestown (1-2hrs) –turn left and walk right down Par Green, under the bridge and turn left at the end of the road. Follow the road around to the China Clay port and look for the path just before the bridge. This will bring you to the cliff path to Carlyon Bay across the golf course. Pass the Carlyon Bay Hotel along the cliff path which leads to Charlestown. There are beautiful, much-filmed old ships in the dock and a heritage centre as well as a good pub (Rashleigh) for lunch. The harbour was used in films such as The Eagle Has Landed, A Respectable Trade and The Three Musketeers.