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Focus on the Roseland Heritage Coast

Posted 2 April 2019 by Beverley Fuller

Where is it?

The Roseland is a peninsula in South Cornwall that feels remote yet is easy to reach. You'll find lovely beaches plus countryside, cliffs, creeks, headlands and woods, all linked by miles of footpaths including the South West Coast Path. And lots of fantastic holiday cottages, of course!

How do I get there? 

By car if you have one, but the Roseland is a compact area so it's perfect for a car-free holiday. Easiest ways to reach the Roseland by public transport include main line trains and National Express coaches to Truro, then a bus or taxi towards St Mawes and other Roseland villages - or a local train to Falmouth then the St Mawes passenger ferry. Cyclists could use National Cycle Route 3; long-distance walkers might pause here for a break on the South West Coast Path.

What exactly is a Heritage Coast?

It's a strip of coastline that's recognised and protected for its natural beauty, wildlife and heritage – which in Cornwall might include farming, fishing and mining. It doesn't have the same status as a National Park, but it's carefully managed with conservation, visitors and locals in mind. More than 50% of Cornwall's coastline is designated 'heritage' – but did you know the first heritage coast was Beachy Head in Sussex, which you can explore with our sister site Amberley House Cottages?!

What's in a name?

The Roseland isn't named after roses – it's probably from 'rhos', the Celtic word for gorse or heath – and it's thought that the name Roseland came about when the English settled here in the 10th century. Exactly where the peninsula starts is open to debate, but most people settle on the boundary being a stream between the parishes of Veryan and Tregony.

What's so special about the Roseland?

It's a perfect holiday destination, for a start. With plenty of family-friendly beaches, quiet coves and all kinds of sailing and watersports available it's great for a seaside holiday, whether you're bringing kids or looking for a quiet getaway. Although it's a fairly small area, being in Cornwall it's also quite wiggly, so it feels much bigger. Plenty of pretty, secluded coves, wooded cliffs and inland countryside make perfect walking and cycling – or choose a holiday cottage with a lovely view and just sit back and relax!

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