Bright sunshine, blue skies and turquoise water greeted me for this summer re-visit to beautiful St Mawes. As the tide fell away, affluent visitors trickled out of the well-appointed hotels and holiday lets, promenading down to the local shops and attractions in the harbour, perhaps to take the ferry over to Falmouth or to just enjoy the seasonal atmosphere. St Mawes is at its best in the summer, a chic and up-market place to enjoy being beside the seaside.
Lucy and Leo, by St Mawes Castle in the sunshine.
A fine vista at St Mawes on a summer’s morning.
Although it was cloudy, with showers, St Mawes was full of visitors, disembarking from the Falmouth ferry or drifting out of the town’s hotels. Watersports were in full swing, helped by St Mawes’ access to excellent sailing and kayaking waters. The aroma of fresh pasties from the shop by the harbour wall and fresh coffee and baguettes from the cafes made this a very welcoming place to visit.
The release that the beach offers to Tim.
A gloomy, atmospheric start to the day in St Mawes.
It was a mild, blustery afternoon at St Mawes for this spring re-visit. The town was busy, catering for ferry passengers from Falmouth and those staying in St Mawes itself. On a falling tide, the rocks made ideal rock pools to explore, for anenomes and crabs, or simply to wonder at the colours in the clear water.
With Stephen, on the beach at St Mawes.
Watching the ferry from Falmouth, full of visitors on the bank holiday.
My winter return at dawn to St Mawes allowed me to see the town in all its glory, as a counterpoint to my first night time manonabeach in the autumn. The setting was stunning and I chatted to Sue on Tavern beach below Hotel Tresanton, learning what the beach means to her.
Dawn breaks at St Mawes in Cornwall.
My chat with Sue, on Tavern beach in St Mawes.
This up-market town, located across Carrick Roads from Falmouth, sits near the southern tip of the Roseland Peninsula and was the venue for my first night time manonabeach. I spoke to the manager of Hotel Tresanton and was very impressed with the atmosphere in the town mid-week. St Mawes has plenty of parking, excellent shops, hotels, restaurants and pubs, even a bank, as well as the post office and newsagents. The daytime views across Carrick Roads or up the Percuil River are second to none and the town feels very welcoming. There is a distinct sense of escape from humdrum life here. St Mawes has the up-market detachment I was aware of in Fowey and, to a certain extent, St Ives. A must-visit location, highly recommended.
My chat with Frederika in the courtyard of Hotel Tresanton.
The small beach outside the Idle Rocks Hotel in St Mawes.
Starting at St Mawes Castle, with St Anthony Head lighthouse blinking to my right, I made my way down the winding, narrow lane towards the harbour at high tide. A slim strand of beach was still visible in front of Hotel Tresanton and weekending visitors were beginning to mill about. The St Mawes ferry was able to make land, rather than picking up from the harbour wall. St Mawes attracts well-heeled visitors at all times of the year and early January is a fine, more reflective time to enjoy its charms.
Beach eulogies from Sammy, Laura, Becky, Gill, Natalie and Beth, of The Roseland Gig Rowing Club.
St Mawes on a winter morning, as seen from the castle.