St Mawes is a picture postcard fishing village that nestles on the south coast of Cornwall’s breathtakingly beautiful Roseland Peninsula. Flanked by the Carrick Roads sailing waters, adventure awaits both across the water and among tranquil inland rural nooks. Here are some of the best things to do in and around St Mawes during your stay.
One of the best-preserved of Henry VIII’s coastal artillery fortresses, and the most elaborately decorated, lies right on our doorstep. St Mawes Castle, together with Pendennis Castle on the other side of the river, once guarded the important anchorage of the Carrick Roads. Step back in time as you navigate the interior and admire the scenic outdoor areas.
Kick back and take in the serene surroundings with a trip on a River Fal Enterprise Boat. You can catch them from St Mawes Harbour and enjoy a cruise up the river towards the stunning National Trust gardens at Trelissick. You’ll pass an abundance of wildlife and maritime beauty along the way, from secluded coves and creeks to deep-sided wooded valleys.
Hop aboard one of Cornwall’s most scenic water taxis, taking in an unrivalled vista of Falmouth’s historic harbour and the Carrick Roads sailing waters. The ferry operates regularly throughout the day, roughly every half an hour, so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the other side of the river. The crossing takes around 25 minutes and features outstanding views of St Mawes Castle, Pendennis Castle, Black Rocks, and St Anthony Lighthouse.
This cherished corner of Cornwall is blessed with large secluded sandy beaches, magical creeks, and a rich tapestry of rural fields interspersed with restful woodland. Among the highlights is St Just-in-Roseland, a village that’s just two miles from St Mawes and home to a 13th-century church that sits within gorgeous gardens beside a peaceful tidal creek.
Not to be confused with its namesake beach in Newquay, this glorious stretch of sand evades the crowds and represents a true hidden gem of the south coast. A maze of rock pools is uncovered at low tide, while sand and shingle take centre stage when the tide is in. Towan Beach is dog friendly and sits within walking distance of Porthbeor and Portscatho beaches.