Thursday, 3 October 2013

Boot Up for the Fal River Autumn Walking Festival

The crunch of crisp Cornish leaves under foot is just one reason the Fal River Autumn Walking Festival is proving so popular; the unrivalled West Country scenery adds an unforgettable element for all who take part.

It’s back for its third year from October 18 and promises to be bigger and better than ever, so if you are heading to the West Country, choose your walk from the Fal River website and don’t forget to pack your walking boots.

We are sponsoring a walk again this year – the stretch from St Mawes around the headland is a relatively short one and rewards our visitors and other walkers with views of St Mawes Castle and across the Carrick Roads to Falmouth.

The festival runs until November 3 so if you are visiting for a week, you may have time to try several. Portscatho for Lunch is an all day loop with – as the name suggests – a beautiful spot to refuel. The Sloe Berry Stroll is a great choice for budding foragers, the route along the banks of the Helford giving a chance to see some wildlife before the weather turns too cold. Some good advice from organisers – take bags or buckets so you have something to take your berries home in.

The walks take in historical points of interest, picturesque coastal scenes and pass through areas of outstanding natural beauty as well as world heritage sites. As well as the self guided walks, special events are planned to celebrate these routes at their autumnal best. All the walks are graded and the descriptions on the website include a printable PDF.

Running now for three years, the festival has grown into one of the biggest walking festivals in the country.

To plan your stay within easy reach of these walks, go to