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St Mawes

St Mawes Truro South Cornwall
St Mawes is a delightful village which sits at the mouth of the Percuil River on the south of the Roseland Peninsula. Falmouth, the thriving University and maritime town is opposite with frequent passenger ferries crossing the River Fal, linking the two. St Mawes is the main village on the Roseland Peninsula with a wide range of independent shops, cafes and restaurants to visit, along with plenty of water sports and activities for all the whole family to enjoy. There are two small sandy beaches at either side of St Mawes harbour, with the calm waters perfect for swimming.

The Roseland Peninsula is part of Cornwall's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), with spectacular coastal paths, tranquil creeks and picturesque traditional villages, it's easy to see why it's such a popular holiday destination. A secluded spot sheltered by the surrounding hillside means that St Mawes has a mild and sub topical climate all year round allowing a wild array of mediterranean plants to thrive here. Wildlife is bountiful with sea safari boats operating out of St Mawes and Falmouth harbours, it's common to see dolphins and seals in these tranquil waters. Crab lines can be bought in the local shops and you'll often find a row of happy children lining the harbour walls filling their buckets full of crabs.

Pretty, whitewashed fisherman cottages line the waterfront, with Henry VIII's 16th-century clover leaf shaped St Mawes Castle standing proud on the cliff top. Historically St Mawes Castle shared the task of protecting the waters with the imposing Pendennis Castle on the other side of the Estuary. Now part of the English Heritage portfolio, both castles are a great place to visit to find out more about the history of the area, with Knight reenactment days taking place throughout the year.

Boating, yachting and kayaking these waters is popular with enthusiasts and tourists alike with plenty of beautiful creeks and hidden coves to explore along the Percuil River and Fal Estuary.

The golden sands of Porthbean and Pendower beach are a short drive from St Mawes, along with the pretty harbour coves at Portloe and Portholland.

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