Route Section Number 7
St Austell to Penzance
Almost every inch of South Cornwall’s coast from St Austell Bay to Mount’s Bay is an area of outstanding natural beauty. It’s a chance to drive through a surprisingly quieter area of Cornwall, especially out of peak season. Expect smaller, narrow roads and few resorts or towns to create traffic.
So slow down, enjoy views of estuaries, rocky headlands and secluded coves. But don’t get distracted – you’ll discover some of the UK’s best coastal panoramas along the way.
Take a detour inland
Leafy creeks of the Carrick Roads lead far inland to Truro, Cornwall’s bustling administrative centre. The county’s only designated city offers a cathedral, museum and shopping streets to explore.
Find a Hidden Gem
During your trip
Surprisingly, in the heart of the south Cornish coast is this protected, undeveloped area of farmland, coves and headlands. There are no towns but little gems like Portloe’s tiny fishing harbour among jagged rocks and St Mawes’ glamorous Riviera-style waterfront with views and water taxis to Falmouth.
Did you know?
The King Harry Ferry at Trelissick is a tiny example of why we believe the SW660 is Britain’s most sustainable road trip. The chain ferry operates in a beautiful stretch of wooded river, offers 80 crossings a day, takes five minutes – and saves drivers a 27-mile round trip to cross the River Fal on a bigger, busier road inland.
Because of that, ferry owners estimate their low-emissions ferry saves five million car miles a year. That’s 750,000 litres of fuel and half a million kilos of carbon.
Staying in the area
Polurrian on the Lizard