This scenic stroll will take you past expansive fields of cows, through impressive woodlands and alongside the beautiful western shore of the Fal Estuary before finishing off in the postcard perfect waterside hamlet of Restronguet. It’s a fairly easy going walk which will take around 1 – 1.5hrs each way, though it can get pretty muddy; be sure to pack your waterproof walking shoes if it has been raining! The terrain is pretty flat and with so much to see along the way it’ll keep kids and adults alike entertained. And it goes without saying this walk has got the dogs seal of approval!
With one very energetic dog, we set off on a sunny Saturday afternoon. We parked up in Mylor Bridge (there is free a car park, but if that’s full you should find street parking) and headed for the grocery store, where you’ll take the road veering off to the left. You’ll come across a small quay area – be sure to have a look for local birdlife who favour this spot. Follow the path around and take the footpath to your left which heads uphill – at this stage you can pick up the Public Footpath Signs for Restronguet. This path is pretty narrow and zig zags through houses before opening out onto a nice large green field. You’ll pass through several fields which hug the Fal estuary before eventually entering the woodland where you’ll enjoy views across the creek to Trelew and Mylor Churchtown.
Eventually you’ll come to Greatwood Quay where you’ll be able to get a good sense of the estuary (this section is known as Carrick Roads). From here you can spot Messack Point opposite, which was once one of the embarkation points for D-Day landings! Today it makes for a great viewing platform and Monty particularly enjoyed swimming around this area. We also spotted lots of bird varieties and a few gig boats out practicing.
Once you've enjoyed a break here, continue along through the woods until you come across Greatwood House; built in 1840 the house has had many lives as gardening estate, hotel and flats. Walk around the house and follow the road around where you’ll pass plenty of quaint cottages and stunning newer houses, all with glorious views. About ten minutes along, the road will open up and you’ll spot Pandora Inn and its jetty.
When you get to Pandora Inn be sure to check out the golden post box on the wall, which marks local Sir Ben Ainslie’s victory at the 2012 Olympics. Opposite Pandora Inn, next to the pontoon, you’ll find a slip of creekside ‘beach’ which is perfect for pooches after a swim. We spent a good half an hour throwing sticks for Monty!
You can make this walk circular by following these instructions on the Pandora Inn Guide, however having walked the circular and out and back version, I prefer the latter. While the circular walk does offer greater variety, personally I’d sooner enjoy the creek vistas and woodland views twice!