It was a busy time at Mylor Churchtown for this seasonal re-visit. Boats were spreading out across Carrick Roads on their swinging moorings, as the Yacht Harbour transferred them from their winter hard standing to the marina. Around the corner at Restronguet Sailing Club, it was an oasis of calm, with morning dog walkers enjoying the peaceful strand line, all the way on to Trefusis Point. Summer was on its way at Mylor Churchtown.
Malcolm explains the sailing waters of the Carrick Roads.
Why Julie is at the beach.
A peaceful spring morning at Mylor Churchtown.
High spring tides, an onshore wind and storms were the order of the season for this winter re-visit, but I was fortunate to enjoy a window in the unrelenting storms, as I met Malcolm, Roger and Di, round at Restronguet Sailing Club. The water on Carrick Roads was turbulent. These are fine sailing waters that are nevertheless still exposed under these conditions. All of the swinging moorings were unoccupied, giving a fine vista across to the Roseland Peninsula and St Just.
A high tide was falling away from the beach by Mylor Yacht Harbour, on a tranquil morning at Mylor Churchtown. This is a time to prepare for the new season in the sailing community, with anti-fouling being applied and boats returning to the water from the winter’s hard standing. Along the pontoon were the sail powered oyster dredgers, coming to the end of their season. The location is stunning here, affording a clear view across to The Roseland Peninsula and St Just.
Becky’s place in this area.
A life of travel for James and Becky, aboard the Eda Frandsen.
A tranquil morning at Mylor.
The start of autumn brought a favourable change to the weather in this corner of Cornwall. Settled under a gentle breeze, busy Mylor Yacht Harbour was quite a picture, with weekending sailors preparing to depart for a day’s sailing, or working on their boats. Guests were arriving for a wedding in the ancient church. All was well with the world.
Richard explains the beach’s place in his yachting routine.
At the end of a pontoon in Mylor Harbour, surveying the scene.
Secreted quietly on the west side of Carrick Roads is Mylor Yacht Harbour, on the site of the former naval dockyard at Mylor Churchtown. In olden days, there was a naval training ship, HMS Ganges, moored off the creek and even twenty years ago, a small naval vessel moored against the harbour. Now there’s a sea of yachts on swinging moorings during the summer, virtually obscuring the view across the head of the creek to Greatwood Quay. It’s a great commercial success story and the ambience is up-market and well-to-do. The misty backdrop to my first film lent a soporific air to the scene and this place does feel like a slightly surreal staging point for international yachters. These are some of the best sailing waters in the UK and of course, it’s 100 miles due south to Brittany, as well as providing excellent access to the Scilly Isles and Cork.
Ruth’s take on the beach.
Another misty day at Mylor Churchtown.
Misty Mylor was no place for a scene-setting skirt around Carrick Roads, the Yacht Harbour shrouded in thick mist, so I enjoyed two chats by the water and beat a hasty retreat.
Richard says it straight.
Three generations and a dog, on the beach at Mylor Churchtown.
This affluent area at the end of a creek on the Carrick Roads has plenty to do for all ages and interests. Apart from the outstanding natural beauty of the Carrick Roads, looking across to St Just and the Roseland Peninsula, there are cafes, parking, toilets, a yacht club, church and restaurant, all tastefully clustered around the Mylor Yacht Harbour. It can get very crowded in the summer, so off-season is a great time to visit, perhaps walking round Trefusis Point to Flushing and looking across to Falmouth, Pendennis Castle and the docks.
Alice and Toby were charming interviewees, representative of the patrons on this beach at a weekend. There is so much choice of activity at hand, from the popular Restronguet Sailing Club and Mylor Yacht Club to gig rowing or kayaking up the creeks, or relaxing at the well-appointed cafe, bistro bar and restaurant in the Yacht Harbour. It can get very crowded in the summer, so off-season is a great time to visit, perhaps walking round Trefusis Point to Flushing and looking across to Falmouth, Pendennis Castle and the docks.
A view from St Mylor Church of Mylor Yacht Harbour and the grave of smuggler Thomas James.
A view of the beach and Carrick Roads, from next to Restronguet Sailing Club.