One of the most popular towns in the whole of Cornwall, St Mawes is perfectly situated to combine convenience with seclusion.
St Mawes is a traditional Cornish harbour village on The Roseland Peninsula and is a delightful and popular destination for all the family due to its welcoming atmosphere, good array of shops and facilities, and the added benefit of a choice of beaches.
St Mawes is situated at the mouth of the Percuil River and is protected by one of Henry VIII's fortresses St Mawes Castle (in the summer months you will quite often see a marquee perched on the cliffside for a wedding at the castle taking advantage of the stunning view to Pendennis Castle and the town of Falmouth).
St Mawes offers a range of watersports activities and two lovely sandy beaches. In St Mawes you will find a range of pubs, cafes and restaurants, and some interesting shops and galleries.
St Mawes is easily linked to Falmouth by the St Mawes passenger ferry which runs year round across the harbour. During the summer months, there is also a small passenger ferry from St Mawes to Place on the opposite headland of St Anthony, giving you an opportunity to visit the small church behind Place Manor, and St Anthony Lighthouse, as well as enjoying a pleasant circular walk.
From St Mawes, it is an easy 2 mile coastal walk to St Just in Roseland Church - a lovely walk following the coastal path through fields and giving great views of the boating activity on Carrick Roads.
As part of the annual Fal River Festival at the end of May, there is the Fal River Walk which is a stunning scenic walk of 11.5 miles (or a shorter 8.5 miles if you wish) around the river Fal and the Roseland peninsula - there is a fee to enter as it is to raise money for charities, and this includes boat crossings, a picnic cream tea, and a river cruise back to Ponsharden - it's a fabulous walk (particularly when the weather is favourable) and worth considering to give you a good insight into the Fal River.