Monday, 31 January 2011

ST MAWES

On the opposite side of the Fal estuary from Falmouth is a peninsula with the charming name of Roseland Peninsula, and at the tip of this peninsual lies St Mawes, which can be reached from Falmouth by ferry all year round, thus saving a winding 30-mile journey up the estuary and back down again. The name of the peninsula does not, as one might expect, derive from an abundance of roses growing on it, but from the Cornish word ‘ros’ or ‘roos’, meaning promontory. The town of St Mawes includes one of two castles built to protect the mouth of the River Fal (see Falmouth post). The harbour has provided welcome shelter for many vessels over the years, including a fleet of 350, among them warships, which sought refuge from severe gales here in 1815.

Today, the town is above all frequented by yachts taking advantage of its sheltered position just out of reach of the dangers of the open sea, and it has its own Sailing Club. Perhaps because of this, it is a rather upmarket resort, while still retaining a fishing fleet. In fact, there is a Fish Festival in September every year, when local pubs offer the fresh fish for which this whole area is famous. Meanwhile, for dedicated beach bums, there are a couple of good, safe beaches near the harbour.

Map of the area.

St Mawes Castlephoto © 2010 Tim Green | more info (via: Wylio)

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