Tucked between the bustling Islington Wharf boat yard and the church of St Gluvias is a secret, (well a not so secret now), little path. Follow this path from Penryn to Flushing, walk along the coastline and you will discover some real delights along the way.
If the tide is out, (please check the tide times here before you go), you can choose to follow the little wooden pontoon and pass among the moorings or, take the higher path and walk above the river through the trees.
Penryn sits across the head of the river that branches off from the Fal estuary and passes into two creeks, Glasney Creek, (sometimes referred to as College Stream), and St Gluvias Greek. It is the towns position at the head of the river that the name Penryn derives from, Pen rynn means, ‘head or end of a point’.
As you walk along side the St Gluvias Creek toward Penryn harbour and imagine a time long before other local ports became busy. A time when this harbour would have been filled with tall ships and their crews busily loading up locally mined granite and tin for exportation.
Today as you look along the river you are met with a colourful and interesting array of yachts, fishing boats, long boats and a variety of homes permanently moored along St Gluvias Creek. There are occasional darker sights too, skeletal remnants of larger once cared for boats left to rot along the shoreline. Yet even these seaweed clad rotten vessels add to the wonder of this particular walk.
This is a good hour stroll or longer depending on how many interesting things you find along the way. This is certainly a varied walk in terms of discoveries and I hope I won’t give too much away with the pictures.
Dogs will love it and children young and old won’t be able to resist becoming intrepid explorers. Sturdy pushchairs will make it along the footpath but there are two or three stiles to negotiate along the way.
It is also worth noting that there is a great fish shop, art galleries and a restaurant in the boat yard at Islington Wharf all worth visiting.