App gets you up and about on the beaten path
St Mary’s and St Julian’s Church in Maker, one of the sights on a circular walk near Saltash, suggested by walking route app iWalk Cornwall
14th April 2021
By Suzanne Cleave
iWalk Cornwall is a collection of thoughtfully-crafted circular and guided walks mobile app, created by two brothers who are passionate about the mindboggling number of amazing things in Cornwall.
The 258 walks have taken over nine years and more than 5,000 miles of walking to produce, and there’s a lot more they hope to add.
For the first edition of the Saltash Voice, they have suggested a walk from the app which some readers might be inspired to take up this weekend.
CREMYLL TO MAKER CHURCH
A circular walk on a peninsula protruding into the Hamoaze estuary and where the land was dotted with gun batteries, defending against a potential invasion from Napoleon.
Distance: three miles
Footwear: walking boots or, in summer, walking shoes
l Spectacular gardens of Mount Edgcumbe.
l National Camellia Collection.
l Deer Park and wooded paths of the Mount Edgcumbe estate.
l Views over St Germans River and Plymouth Sound
The walk begins with the Mount Edgcumbe Country Park, passing through the formal gardens and past the house, then through the deer park to reach Maker Church. The route then descends through the woods to reach the creeks of the River Tamar and follows the riverside path back to Cremyll.
Gradients: There is a steady climb from Mount Edgcumbe House to the top of the deer park. After Maker Church, there is a steep descent through the woods on the way down the riverside path.
Dogs: Only one (stone) stile on the route which should be navigable by most dogs (there is a gap below the fence alongside).
The formal gardens at Mount Edgcumbe are at their peak at this time of the year. Along the creeks, keep a look out for the very pretty, if unfortunately named, bastard balm growing in shady areas.
For more information about the walk, download the (free) iWalk Cornwall app from the App Store or Google Play.
From there you can optionally purchase the GPS-guided route which provides detailed directions and alerts you at each point or if you go off course. It also includes lots of historical and environmental points of interest and works offline without a phone signal.
You can find out more about iWalk Cornwall on the website and the app can be downloaded for Android and Apple phones.