Posted 7 February 2018
The Roseland Peninsula is a walker's paradise. Whether you love to ramble all day or take an easy stroll, this part of Cornwall is perfect. First-time visitors might be surprised by the scenery, as it's quite different from the rest of the county. This is an altogether gentler, softer landscape with fields giving way to wooded valleys, small but rugged cliffs and secret coves. There's an intriguing quality about it.
One of my favourite walks is around St Anthony Head, on the tip of the Roseland. You get fantastic sea views in the clear winter air and a chance to get up close to the lighthouse - which is very much working - and the old military fort. It's a Site of Special Scientific Interest too, where you might see peregrine falcons and hear curlews. Looking out to sea you'll spot some large ships in Falmouth Bay - they can look incongruous against the scenic backdrop but they're somehow fascinating. I often stop to think about where they've come from and the journeys they have made to reach Cornwall - rather like many of our holiday visitors!
I also love walking round the castle at St Mawes, with its commanding views over the Carrick Roads - our natural deepwater anchorage. This impressive castle is one of a chain of defensive forts built by Henry VIII along this part of the coast, and it's one of the best preserved so there's plenty to see inside (and a great little audio tour - if, like me, you don't always bother with audio tours do give this one a go). This time of year it's only open at weekends, but before the main holiday season it also opens on weekdays in school holidays.
In future blogs I'll share some more of my favourite walks near St Mawes, but I hope you'll come here and explore this lovely coast and countryside for yourself. Many of our holiday cottages are ideally placed for walking straight from the door, but there are plenty of handy parking places too. See you on the trail!