Roseland Peninisula – Ships & Castles

The Roseland Peninsula, from the Cornish word Ros meaning promontory is a delight to explore with stunning scenery and unspoilt views, find hidden gems, idyllic villages and  delightful beaches.

Start your day in Charlestown, a charming Georgian port, now home to tall ships such as Anny of Charlestown and recognisable from TV and Film productions such as Poldark and recently an episode of Dr. Who. Wander around the harbour, enjoy the Shipwreck Treasure Museum and have a snack at one of the quayside cafes.

Here there is an option to visit The Lost Gardens of Heligan, and the day can be adjusted accordingly (entrance not included).

Head to Mevagissey, a picture postcard warren of streets leading down to the famous double harbour providing haven for the local fishing fleet. The working harbour is accessible on foot and a walk to the outer pier will give great views of the village and the bustle of a working port.

Next, we drive along picturesque tiny lanes to visit Cearhays. The estate is home to the world-famous National Magnolia Collection. From here we can head to Veryan, a unique village of 19th century thatched cottages, five of which were supposedly built by the local Reverand for his daughters and were built `in the round` to give the Devil no corners to hide in.

Next, we carry on to the coast to visit Portscatho, an ideal spot for lunch. The village is home to The Hidden Hut, a renowned eatery, providing home made dishes and feast nights on the beach.

From here we will head to St Just in Roseland church, a picture-perfect 13th century building on the banks of a small tidal creek. The well-tended gardens were described by the poet John Betjemen “to many people the most beautiful churchyard on earth” and are a delight to explore.

We will end the day in St. Mawes with a visit to the castle (entrance fee applies), a small keep fortification commissioned by Henry VIII to protect the harbour from invasion alongside its twin on the other side of the entrance. Unchanged for centuries the castle overs views across the water to St Anthonys lighthouse and Falmouth. Wander the coastal road back down to the village enjoying the sight of sailing boats including many traditional craft racing in the bay.

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