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Season: winter

A high tide placed Roundwood Quay in relief for this winter visit.  Sitting at the junction of the River Fal and Cowlands Creek, you can appreciate why an Iron Age Fort was built on the ground above here.  Cormorants and an egret flew past.  A tranquil atmosphere and changeable weather completed the scene.  There’s a fine National Trust walk in the area for people to enjoy, taking in Tregew Farm.

Winter season photo gallery


A maritime perspective on the beach.


A peaceful scene at Roundwood Quay, by Halwyn.

Season: spring

A low tide and bright sunshine greeted me for this visit to the creeks that lie south of Truro in Cornwall.  At Halwyn, the remaining laid up boat, a ferry, seemed to be within touching distance of the beach.  I then went round to Coombe to enjoy the first primroses of the season.

Spring visit photo gallery


An important place for Ruth and Julia, especially at this time of year.


By the water on a low tide at Halwyn.

Season: autumn

The beautiful creekside hamlet of Coombe sits just over the hill from Halwyn.  On this occasion a high tide caused the creek to glisten in the morning light, reflecting the trees by the water.

Autumn visit photo gallery


With Pat and John by the creek in Coombe.


Ken is at ease by the water.


The scene at Coombe this morning.

Season: summer

The low pressure that accompanies some unseasonably wet weather has a positive spin-off on mornings like this.  The lower reaches of the River Fal at Halwyn were flat calm, glistening under warm cloud cover.  The shadows thrown by the boats at anchor were crystal clear and mullet were jumping at Roundwood Quay.

Summer visit photo gallery


Tony surveys his surroundings on a regular fishing trip to Roundwood Quay.


Looking out from the covered beach at Halwyn on a high tide.

Season: spring

For a different perspective on the River Fal at Halwyn, I went to nearby Roundwood Quay.  This brought Cowlands Creek into view, showcasing the tin counting house and the site of an Iron Age fort.  It was peaceful and quiet, a tranquil spot to be in the morning.

Spring visit photo


The River Fal, viewed from Roundwood Quay.

Season: winter

The small beach at Halwyn is on the River Fal above Carrick Roads.  The panorama from the beach is steeped in history, most significantly as a major embarkation point for tanks and troops on D Day, during the Second World War.  The tea gardens at Halwyn were the scene of a meeting between Churchill and Eisenhower, who were checking preparations for the invasion.  The location is peaceful, with the view varied by the changes in temporarily laid up shipping, an interesting and accurate macro-economic indicator.


Looking across to Tolverne from Halwyn on the River Fal.

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