Posted 14 March 2018
The Roseland being a peninsular, which means it sticks out into the sea. Obviously. What's less obvious is the tangle of waterways once you head inland - we don't go in for smooth curves around here! So that makes boats an ideal method of transport that's not only practical but also lets you visit places you couldn't easily reach with a car, and explore further afield if you're walking or cycling.
I was thinking about this as I drove onto the King Harry Ferry last week to pick up some heavy shopping in Falmouth. This is one of only five chain ferries in the country, I believe, and for a short-cut with the car to Falmouth or beyond its great - they say it saves about 5 million road miles every year. It runs every 20 minutes from Philleigh to Feock, and they say each of its chains weighs as much as a humpback whale!
Ferries and water-taxis are a way of life here on the Roseland. From St Mawes there's plenty of choice, most famously the iconic St Mawes Ferry that runs over to Falmouth several times a day all year round. Dogs are allowed, provided they're on a lead. It's always popular but don't look for one of those big white behemoths; the St Mawes foot-ferries are modest and charming. Two are older vessels that have been beautifully refitted, while the flagship is a 59-foot traditional wooden ferry called Duchess of Cornwall - and Prince Charles skippered her first voyage across to Falmouth.
Then there's the delightful Place Ferry. We consider it almost a part of the South West Coast Path as it can save your legs a lot of miles if you're hiking long sections, while Place is an ideal starting point for shorter walks. Hop on at St Mawes and land at Place Creek on St Anthonys Head. The Place Ferry takes 12 people and can carry bikes and baby buggies; one or two can usually get on, but they ask cycle groups to call ahead - they might even lay on a bigger ferry for you. How's that for helpful?