St Just in Roseland

Beach facilities

View map of beach Parking available Toilets available South West Coast Path Dog friendly

Season: winter

Despite recent storms, the bright sunshine and tranquil atmosphere made this an idyllic location to enjoy at this time.  On a low tide, walkers, locals and visitors alike were enjoying this tucked away corner of the beautiful Roseland peninsula, many here to visit the iconic church by the water.  St Just has a spiritual depth and sense of calm that all visitors will enjoy.  Highly recommended.

Winter photo gallery


Barry and Sue explain what the beach means to them.

Roundhouse Barn Holidays


Bright sunshine at St Just.

Season: summer

It was a picture perfect summer morning for this re-visit, calm and tranquil, with the tide starting to fall back from its high water mark.  The high tide set the Bar and creek beyond in relief.  The summer meant the swinging moorings here were well populated, with few boats on the hard standing.  The church threw a mirrored reflection onto the creek.  Its grounds are well maintained and a walk through the churchyard is the recommended way to approach the creek and to enjoy its view of Carrick Roads beyond.

Summer visit photo gallery


The familarity of this beach to Max.


Craig appreciates his new surroundings.


A fine spot to be, on a summer’s morning in Cornwall.

Season: autumn

I was talking to a prominent, long-standing local man during this visit, about the area, families who live here and its history.  I was struck by his comment that, despite being a homeowner in the village, he had no sense of ownership, merely stewardship and belonging.  There can be an ethereal tranquility in this creek (see the winter visit film below).

Autumn visit photo gallery


With Anna, by the water at high tide.  This was the 400th narrative in the manonabeach series.


St Just in Roseland, in the early morning in autumn.

Season: spring

This spring re-visit  to St Just in Roseland was on a calm morning.  Walking down past the church to St Just Bar, I chatted to Jo from Scilly, who works at Pascoe’s boatyard and was mentioned by Julian in my winter visit.  Jo pointed out the completed version of the boat shown in the boathouse, under construction, on that previous visit, which was now on the waterline (pictured below).  It’s called Dogboat and is tender to the yacht Charm of Rhu.  The low tide let me film from the entrance to St Just Creek, looking out across Carrick Roads on a peaceful scene.


Spring visit photo


With Jo, on the Bar at St Just.


St Just Creek and the Carrick Roads, viewed from the beach at low tide.

Season: winter

At first light on a calm morning, St Just in Roseland had the feel of a Scottish sea loch, the waves lapping gently on the beach.  St Just Creek and St Just Bar are on the west side of the Roseland Peninsula, directly opposite Mylor Churchtown, which sits on the opposite side of the Carrick Roads, above Falmouth and St Mawes.  The village has an attractive church, with an atmospheric graveyard.  There are toilets to hand and wonderful walks from here, right down to St Mawes.

Winter visit photo


My chat with Julian and Hugh, at Pascoe’s boatyard.


The peace and tranquility of St Just in Roseland, at first light on a winter’s day.

One thought on “St Just in Roseland

  1. christopher ledger

    I have known St.Just for over 60 years,my Father had 2 “punts” built there by Norman Benny, the then owner of Pascoe’s Boatyard. Both punts were beautifully built, one was carvel, the other – in the shape of an 1880 Pilot Cutters punt & 10ft, easily towed behind one of our bigger boats & beautiful to row in a choppy sea.
    We laid several of our boats up round in the Pool, with their bows close to the churchyard and on legs, snug from the winter gales. Norman, and then his son, would move them to near the black tarred shed on the Spit in late march/early April so that he and us – could work on them.
    As far as I know – certainly up to the end of the ’70’s all the local boats were built by eye – no plans – and the wood came from a 10 mile radius of local farms; this meant that all the curved parts like knees etc were “grown” rather than cut to the right shape.
    We had a number of cottages over the years in St.Mawes. Both my parents lie peacefully in the Churchyard – and I will surely follow them. I have travelled widely but St.Just is just THE most beautiful & peaceful place I know.


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