Geo-Trips :: Exploring Antony Passage and the Lynher riverside footpath

Antony Passage, Cornwall

A walk from Turning down to Antony Passage, Thu, 19 May 2011 by Kate Jewell

Take a walk down to Antony Passage, a quiet Cornish village just to the south of Saltash, with its historic tidal mill pond, old mill and tiny harbour, and contrasting views open up: the imposing railway viaduct crossing the mouth of Forder Lake, the expanse of mud flats at low tide and the narrow street down to the harbour-side cottages. Follow the public footpath through the dense and varied woodland along the River Lynher and explore the tidal shore line; discover the old railway embankment and climb up to the open expanse of sheep pasture with stunning views across the river. Return to the starting point along a leafy county road, taking a short detour to view the London to Penzance railway line following the "new" route opened in 1908. This pleasant walk will take you only a scant hour to complete unless, of course, like me you stop to take photographs, poke about between tide washed stones and talk to nonplussed sheep.

Click the blue circles to see a photograph taken from that spot and read further information about the location. The blue lines indicate the direction of view. There is also a slideshow of this trip. ( )

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SX4157 : View through the trees, Antony Passage by Kate Jewell
View through the trees, Antony Passage
Looking from the lane down to Antony Passage to the mud flats in the tidal mill... more

SX4157 : Forder viaduct by Kate Jewell
Forder viaduct
Looking across the tidal mill pond to the Plymouth to Penzance mainline railway... more

SX4157 : Old Mill and tidal mill pond, Antony Passage by Kate Jewell
Old Mill and tidal mill pond, Antony Passage
The Old Mill is the stone house down by the water, (note the mill stones set in... more

SX4157 : Main street in Antony Passage by Kate Jewell
Main street in Antony Passage
Looking towards the Forder road with Mill House in the foreground and Mill Cottage... more

SX4157 : Forder Lake and the viaduct from Antony Passage by Kate Jewell
Forder Lake and the viaduct from Antony Passage
The Old Mill is behind the blue-hulled boat and the wall creating the tidal mill... more

SX4157 : Private harbour wall, Antony Passage by Kate Jewell
Private harbour wall, Antony Passage
This substantial wall, complete with cannon, is the eastern boundary to a small... more

SX4157 : River Lynher from Antony Passage by Kate Jewell
River Lynher from Antony Passage
After being decommissioned in 2005, HMS Brecon was taken in hand in 2008 for use... more

SX4157 : Antony Passage by Kate Jewell
Antony Passage
This row of cottages face the River Lynher, (also known as the St Germans River... more

SX4157 : Stone steps at Antony Passage by Kate Jewell
Stone steps at Antony Passage
This wide stone jetty on the River Lynher is a fairly new construction and has a... more

SX4157 : River Lynher, near Antony Passage by Kate Jewell
River Lynher, near Antony Passage
Looking towards Shillingham Point The Lynher is also known as the St Germans... more

SX4157 : Public footpath by the River Lynher by Kate Jewell
Public footpath by the River Lynher
This footpath leaves Antony Passage at the very end of the village and climbs some... more

SX4157 : Mystery stone marker by Kate Jewell
Mystery stone marker
In front of a small cave on the bank of the River Lynher just west of Antony... more

SX4157 : Small cave, River Lynher by Kate Jewell
Small cave, River Lynher
Just west of Antony Passage the River Lynher's banks are edged by granite cliffs.... more

SX4157 : Clinging on by Kate Jewell
Clinging on
This thrift plant is growing out of the rock just above the Mean High Water Mark

SX4157 : Foreshore at Antony Passage by Kate Jewell
Foreshore at Antony Passage
Looking downstream along the River Lynher, also known as the St Germans River at... more

SX4157 : River Lynher near Antony Passage by Kate Jewell
River Lynher near Antony Passage
Looking upstream towards St Germans. The river between St Germans and the... more

SX4157 : Marker post, River Lynher by Kate Jewell
Marker post, River Lynher
Warning post for power cable set into the tidal river's foreshore.

SX4157 : Old railway line, near Antony Passage by Kate Jewell
Old railway line, near Antony Passage
The public footpath along the River Lynher passes the old line of the London to... more

SX4157 : Public footpath by Kate Jewell
Public footpath
This tunnel takes the footpath under the old line of the London to Penzance... more

SX4157 : Public footpath near Anthony Passage by Kate Jewell
Public footpath near Anthony Passage
The footpath from the Lynher River to the road that leads from Forder to Trehan... more

SX4157 : Stile on the footpath above the River Lynher by Kate Jewell
Stile on the footpath above the River Lynher
A well maintained stile on this public footpath. Note the dog flap on the left... more

SX4157 : Public footpath above the River Lynher by Kate Jewell
Public footpath above the River Lynher
This clearly shows the newly fenced off footpath as it crosses the sheep pasture... more

SX4057 : Sheep pasture above Antony Passage by Kate Jewell
Sheep pasture above Antony Passage
Looking towards Saltash which can be seen in the distance. The pasture drops down... more

SX4057 : Sheep with a view by Kate Jewell
Sheep with a view
Looking across the pasture at Shillingham Manor towards the southeast bank of the... more

SX4057 : Come in number 283 by Kate Jewell
Come in number 283
Growing lambs keeping close to their mothers as we walked across their field. Non... more

SX4057 : Heading towards the road by Kate Jewell
Heading towards the road
This public footpath has been recently fenced which could explain the nonplussed... more

SX4057 : London to Penzance line by Kate Jewell
London to Penzance line
Looking towards Penzance from the public footpath where it crosses the railway.... more

SX4057 : Looking towards Saltash, Plymouth and London by Kate Jewell
Looking towards Saltash, Plymouth and London
Looking towards Saltash and Plymouth from the public footpath where it crosses the... more

SX4157 : Quiet Cornish country lane by Kate Jewell
Quiet Cornish country lane
Taken from the Antony Passage Junction. Shillingham Nurseries are just at the top... more

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