Fal River Walk 2016
Only two places available on the Long Walk!
The latest information and reminder have been emailed to all entrants as at Friday 16.00 23 September
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This year’s Fal River Walk is generously sponsored and supported by
in aid of
Don't forget the Prize Draw, with ten valuable prizes to be won, generously donated by businesses associated with the route
Information to late entrants
The information below has been sent to those already entered. Later entrants should make sure they have downloaded the appropriate linked documents.
Online registrations will close at 16.00 on 24 September.
A very small number of registrations in person may be available on 25 September and will close at 09.30. If you think you may wish to take advantage of this opportunity, please email to this address as soon as possible.
You will be able to purchase items for breakfast from the National Trust café near the registration area. On offer will be bacon baps and baguettes, fruit salad, tea and coffee, and other breakfast snacks.
Please remember to bring your tickets to ensure your free parking (if not a NT member) and to register.
If you are a NT member, please bring your membership card and swipe it through a reader to credit the Trust with £3.65.
And put the emergency contact number for the Walk in your phone
(the National Trust office which will be staffed all day).
Messages will be relayed by RAYNET volunteers.
The main features
- With thanks to the National Trust, we are back again at Trelissick, with the start and finish in the stable yard. Free parking in the National Trust car park will be included once more.
- As last year, participants are not being asked to raise sponsorship from friends and families as a condition of entry. Instead, the entry fees include a donation to charity. However, HMRC regulations do not allow this arrangement to attract Gift Aid.
- To help us increase the proceeds for charity, we warmly invite you to make further donations either at the time of booking or through sponsorship or other means.
This link will enable you to download a form to record any donations you may collect, as well as donors' Gift Aid consent. This link will produce a Gift Aid declaration form for a donation made at the time of booking.
- First special offer - any individual walker raising £50 or more by sponsorship will be refunded the entry fee.
- Second special offer - a prize will be awarded to the walker raising the most sponsorship.
- And there's more - walkers registering before midnight on 31 July will each receive an "early bird goody bag" at the start. (1 August.- this offer has now closed. Thank you to all the early birds!)
- One major change this year concerns the Long Walk of 15 miles. Again starting and finishing at Trelissick, by popular request and because the tides are suitable, Long Walkers will set off from 0930 onwards west to Feock and Restronguet Point, and thence to Mylor and Flushing - in other words, the reverse of 2015. A rest on the ferry journey (Flushing to St Mawes) will set you up for the final leg through St Just in Roseland to Turnaware Point, where a short ferry crossing will bring you back to the Trelissick pontoon.
- For 2016, we are again offering a Short Walk (around 6 miles) from St Mawes back to Trelissick. This should be especially attractive for families. Participants will enjoy an extended ferry ride along the Fal from Trelissick to St Mawes, from where they start their walk along the eastern side of the Fal. We hope this will prove popular again.
- Once more, we are being generously supported by Cornwall Ferries, who are specifically arranging the crossings for this event and which are not available on any other occasion. This event thus offers a unique opportunity in the year.
- Since approximately half of the entry fees are donated to our charities, we believe that the overall charge offers exceptional value compared with other Fal River journeys, and indeed other days out at major attractions, local and national.
- Attractively-priced Family Tickets are being offered on both the Long Walk and the Short Walk, for two adults and up to three children under 16.
- Radio communications along the routes will be expertly supplied once more by Cornwall RAYNET
- Before the start, walkers will be able to buy breakfast from the National Trust caterers. At the finish, our usual generous cream tea will be served under canvas in the Stable Yard.
The main charity to benefit will be the Merlin MS Centre (multiple sclerosis). The National Trust and local charities supported from the Rotary Club Trust Fund will also benefit. Further donations and/or sponsorship contributions will be greatly appreciated and even more so with a Gift Aid declaration. Last year's walk raised over £1,300 and naturally we would like to surpass this figure in 2016.
Please remember that our aim is to raise as much money as possible for these charities which do so much good work in the local community.
The Walks in summary
The Long Walk
- From the start at the House, the route takes the carriage drive west past Lis Escop, the home of the Bishop of Truro, to join the road from the King Harry Ferry (B3289). After about 200 yards along this road, walkers turn left, following about two and a half miles of mostly village road walking, through Feock to Restronguet Point. From 0930 onwards, walkers will set off in groups to reach a small ferry which will take them from a temporary pontoon to the Pandora Inn - but it may be a little early for lunch!
- From the Pandora Inn, the route follows a relatively flat walk of about six miles along the coastal path via Mylor Bridge, Mylor Churchtown, and Trefusis Point to Flushing. From Flushing a specially-arranged large ferry will take walkers across the Carrick Roads to St Mawes.
- The third section of about five miles leads away from St Mawes harbour up through the village to the Castle, then along coastal footpaths on the Roseland peninsula to St Just in Roseland church, pool, and creek. After an uphill footpath walk, the route lies downhill along the World War II road built for the Normandy embarkations to Turnaware beach.
- Finally, from a temporary pontoon, a ferry will take walkers across the river to the Trelissick pontoon. A short stretch west along the south Woodland Walk will bring walkers back to the parkland, then uphill to the finish in the Stable Yard and tea.
The Short Walk
- At 10.30, walkers will make their way to the Trelissick pontoon along the south Woodland Walk for the scenic ferry ride of about half an hour to St Mawes. The return walk will share the same route as the Long Walk (described above).
- The first section of just over five miles from St Mawes to Turnaware is regarded by some as the best walking along the Fal. After walking through the village up to the Castle, the coastal path goes to the church at St Just in Roseland, round the pool and creek, and then to Turnaware Point. The last mile follows the World War II road built for the Normandy embarkations.
- A ferry will then take walkers to the Trelissick pontoon for the short climb to tea via the south Woodland Walk as at the start.
Registration, booking and further information
Details of fees, and how to book and pay, are in the panel at the top beneath the heading. We hope that this system is clear and easy to use. Other detailed information (e.g. about timings, Gift Aid, walking advice etc.) will be emailed to participants in due course.
Answers to a number of Frequently Asked Questions may be found here.
If you need to contact us, please click on the Rotary badge or the link below.
Do you have questions about Fal River Walk 2016?
Contact Rotary Club of Truro Boscawen