The pretty village of St.Mawes looks out over the River Fal towards Falmouth. The old fishing port boasts steep and narrow streets rising from the harbour. Today it is a popular place for retirement and holiday homes and boasts an abundance of smart houses in addition to the traditional cob cottages. In recent years, St Mawes has become a popular tourist destination with good restaurants, attractive shops and a number of galleries. Accommodation ranges from caravans to luxury hotels. There are two very good beaches on either side of the St Mawes harbour. They are safe for swimming and ideal for sunbathing. There is a local sailing club and tennis courts can be hired in the recreation ground.
Much of the dramatic Cornish coastline around here was used as the setting for the popular television series Poldark. It is still very much a sea-faring community, with boats and yachts continually at anchor in the harbour and beyond. The sheltered location provides a safe anchorage with easy access to the coast, the river and to Carrick Roads, a waterway created after the Ice Age when an ancient valley flooded when melted caused the sea level to rise dramatically. This created the world’s third largest natural harbour and a navigable route from Falmouth to Truro.
St Mawes Castle overlooks the coast on the opposite side of the river to Falmouth. It is in an impressive position and was built in the 16th century as part of the coastal defences. The Castle belongs to English Heritage and is open all year round. The building, with its three huge circular bastions and gun ports, is a fine example of Tudor military architecture.
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