For a Saturday visit in bright sunshine, on a low tide, the Molunans were a private haven within the yachting activity on Carrick Roads. Sailing boats made their way out, from Mylor, Flushing or Falmouth, to round St Anthony Head, perhaps just on their way to Porthbeor beach on the other side of the headland, or maybe on to Fowey, the Yealm or further afield. One or two had anchored off Great Molunan, their sailors now gazing across to Falmouth and the Helford Estuary from these beautiful beaches.
David and Gaye’s affection for Great Molunan beach, their “Anniversary Bay”.
Looking down on the Molunans, with Sam and Georgina in the sunshine.
On the rocks at low tide, between Little Molunan and Great Molunan beaches.
This was a bright, clear, sunny day at the Molunans on the Roseland Peninsula. However, the approach to the beaches from St Anthony Head lighthouse told a story of storm damage, as the wooden walkway to the beach lay in tatters. Such is the diversity that one finds at the beach that it didn’t seem possible, as this visit’s weather was so benign. The ebb tide cast gentle breakers against the soft sand, a world away from the wildness that had just passed.
The changing face of the beach for Anthony.
Winter sunshine at the Molunans.
The tide was high, covering Great and Little Molunan beaches. Today’s scene-setter was from above the beaches, next to St Anthony Head lighthouse, scanning the Carrick Roads and the surrounding beaches covered by the series, as this was the last summer visit to the Roseland Peninsula for this year. Stuart and Adele were fishing from the WWII jetty at the Molunans, which Nicky from a previous visit explains as the access point for her regular swims.
Stuart’s empathy for the sea.
A fine vista, from above the Molunan beaches on the Roseland Peninsula.
The sun broke through, after a spell of low pressure, for this spring re-visit. The Molunan beaches are isolated and natural, located on the bottom tip of the Roseland Peninsula. Despite their isolation, you can see wildlife, boats and Falmouth itself from here. You’re effectively right under St Anthony Head lighthouse. The sailing and fishing boats seem to pass within touching distance, on their way out to Falmouth Bay and beyond. They look like they’re starting a great adventure and you want to jump on board for the ride, to go where they’re going, as they battle out into the open sea.
With Pat on Great Molunan beach.
Abby’s view of beach life in Cornwall.
A rising tide, on Great Molunan beach.
I had an arrangement to interview Nicky, who manages the Place Estate, which includes these two beaches, dating back to my prior January 5th visit. There hadn’t been time then, so this was a catch-up chat, on a spectacularly beautiful morning, towards the end of the month. Compare the weather in the films below. Great Molunan and Little Molunan beaches face West at the foot of the Roseland Peninsula, opposite Falmouth on the Carrick Roads. They are next to St Anthony Head lighthouse, and there are all the facilities you’d want at the top of the path down to the beach, including plenty of parking. Usually, the beaches are drenched in sunshine with a Mediterranean feel, like on my interview day, but for the beach films they looked spectacular on a stormy day.
Chatting to Nicky, in an idyllic setting on Great Molunan beach at the end of January.
The path down to the beaches.
Great Molunan and Little Molunan beaches, from the waterline.