Hall Farm Walk - Pont to Bodinnick
This is a sister walk to the Lantic Bay - Polruan - Pont walk as it shares the same starting point and some of the paths coincide. It offers some lovely river and country views and although there are a number of inclnes, at about 3 miles is easily managed by most walkers.
The photos to the right were all taken on this walk and to see a larger version click on the thumbnail
Start of Walk
I started this walk at the National Trust Car Park at Pencarrow Head (Latitude : 50.33295329478991 Longitude : -4.601506590843201) which is just off the Polperro to Polruan coast road.
Leave the car park and turn right and proceed down the road. The road bears to the left and gets a little steeper, Lanteglos Church comes into view. The road levels off and starts to climb, you pass by Churchtown Farm on your left and you come to a white gate. Go through the gate and walk into the churchyard, take the path to the right of the church and go through a white painted gate. The path starts to descend, proceed down through the woods until you come to a white farm gate, proceed through the gate and turn immediately left and come to some steps marked to Bodinnick (1). Proceed down the steps and you will come to Pont Quay. Cross the little bridge and take the path that leads to the right past a couple of stone cottages.
The path now starts to climb and after a short time joins a downward path. Turn sharp left and proceed uphill. Proceed uphill until you come to a stile. Cross the stile into a field. Turn to the left and take the obvious path, cross a stile and keep to the path. As you arrive at a bench seat on your right you will get your first view across Pont Pill to Polruan and The River Fowey. As you proceed more of the town of Fowey comes into view. Eventually you come to the "Q" monument. This was erected in memory of Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch (1863 - 1944) a Cornish author, poet and literary critic and a contemporary of Daphne du Maurier. The path continues on until you come to a wooden gate. Go through the gate and start to walk downhill, the path eventually emerging through houses into Bodinnick. Turn left and proceed downhill to the quay.
This would be a good point to stop and take some refreshment at The Old Ferry Inn. You can also make a choice to cross the river into Fowey and take a look around the town, but if you have limited time and wish to return to your car then walk back up the hill and find the footpath on your right. Proceed uphill to the stile and look out for the War Memorial on your right. An alternative path back to Pont can be found here by crossing he stile you will see immediately on your left into a field. Keep to the left side of the field and follow the track keeping the hedge on you left. Go through a metal gate onto a farm track where you will see to your left the Farhouse and buildings of Hall Farm. Proceed up the track and you will come to the ruins of the 14th century Hall Chapel on your left. Afer investigatng the ruins proceed to the top of the drive and bear to the right through a gate and follow the yellow arrows. Keeping to the left of the field start to descend towards another gate. Go through and look to your right where you will see a small wood with Lanteglos Church beyond. Cross diagonally down the field to the gate you passed through earlier and downhill to Pont Quay.
Cross the bridge and walk up the steps beside a cottage. At the top of the steps turn left and then right to a gate marked as a footpath leading to Lanteglos Church. Walking uphill pass through a gate to reach Lantglos Church. After investigating the church exit the churchyard from the south gate and turn left onto the road. The road descends and passes Churchtown Farm on your right. Stay on this road and it will start to climb uphill turning right until it starts to level off and you arrive back at the car park entrance where you started.
This walk has been personally walked by me but the directions given should be considered as a guide only and not as a definitive route plan. You are responsible for your own safety and I therefore recommend you take with you a suitable map (Ordinance Survey Map 107 from the Explorer series covers this walk) together with sufficient refreshments, water and adequate clothing.
(1) At this point you will also see on the left a set of steps going uphill, this path leads would lead you to Polruan