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Perched at the end of the beautiful Roseland Peninsula sits charming St Mawes, known as the capital of the Peninsula, a small fishing village surrounded by gentle hills and the sea. Waterside, positioned within the gulf stream, the climate is mild here all year round, so that the summer might even feel like a trip to the Mediterranean, with flora and fauna to match. Pack a picnic and get outside.
Attractive for the boating and yachting fraternity, St Mawes has numerous moorings and anchorages, plus local sailing clubs which are very active. You can charter a sailing yacht here. Or pop off with the children on a little fishing trip aboard the Madeline Rose. Non-sailors can still enjoy a boat trip along the Fal, stopping off for a pub lunch, perhaps. The seafront location also makes it a seafood gourmet’s delight, set in an area of unrivalled Outstanding Natural Beauty.
You will find coves, creeks, rural villages and inland woodland near St Mawes, so it is a perfect centre for your stay. There is also a ferry across to Falmouth which takes you to the waterside right by the centre of town. This place is abundantly pretty, looking out over the Fal, with steep, narrow and in places, cobbled streets to the harbour. Traditional pastel and whitewashed cob cottages are still there along with some superbly smart houses. You can catch a ferry to Falmouth to soak up the independent galleries and shops there, then return back to the peace and tranquility of St Mawe
Local sailing clubs and tennis courts attract not only visitors but people who want a lifestyle change, too, so a strong community exists here.
Originally, St Mawes was part of the 16th century coastal defences so it has a small but splendid castle commissioned by Henry VIII, owned by English Heritage in a Tudor military style. It is well-preserved, with epic views from the keep and an oubliette where prisoners were held. It is severe, but with fabulous crowds down to the Fal, and despite the harshness of the castle, the rest of the area is rather lush, with lovely inland areas plus a fair smattering of coastal scenery. On your walk, why not visit St Just Church, one of the prettiest in Cornwall reached via the coast path from St Mawes castle? It takes around 45 minutes but the walk is level. Or you can travel by water taxi.
The two small beaches here are fine for rockpooling.
Some years ago, St Mawes became something of a hotspot with its hotels Idle Rocks and St Mawes, which attracted many upmarket London visitors, some even arriving by helicopter. There is even a St Mawes Monopoly board, perhaps indicative in the rise in property prices here, though it is a limited edition.
For takeaway fish and chips or moules try The Watch House for harbourside dining (it becomes a smart restaurant at night). The Hidden Hut above Porthcurnick Beach has feast nights, which are bring your own drink and cutlery events, a real foodie adventure. If you have a sweet tooth that craves scrummy sweetness, look no further than down on the harbour to Fudge and More.
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