Walk: St Just-in-Roseland to St Mawes Castle
I know where I would like the master bedroom, and have decided that the dungeon would be great for the library – “Perfect, I declared, we could be on Grand Designs!” JT smiled indulgently, “I don’t think, Darling, that English Heritage would ever sell it… perhaps we could conquer it?”
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Kings and Knights errant,
Falmouth fish & chips.
After a morning in Portloe, we drove the short 7 miles through Veryan to St Just-in-Roseland and parked in the Church car park. The Church itself is a beautiful building, with turrets overlooking the sea. If you happen there on a Sunday morning pop in for a look around. The walk from St Just-in-Roseland to St Mawes and back is about a 5 mile round trip – plenty of kissing gates… and a very easy walk across country.
We walked through fields of ponies and cattle with the sea on the left and farmland on the right. Once you have rounded a corner on the cliff side you can see all of Falmouth, and particularly Pendennis Castle which is lit up fabulously at night. The walk is a National Trust walk, so is signposted splendidly.
St Mawes Castle is run by English Heritage. A magnificent structure, though small, it hosts winding stone staircases, turrets and archers windows – to top it off it is full of canons! It has all the antiquity of a romantic knight errant tale with the added bonus of a gift shop. The Castle often houses weddings and other events.
St Mawes Ferry
If you head down from the Castle into St Mawes you can get the ferry across to Falmouth for a spot of something to fill your rumbly tum. Hit up Stein’s for fish and chips – go traditional and eat on the harbour or eat in and have the mussels.
The return walk is made more exciting and enjoyable with a bottle of Strawberry Wine purchased from the St Mawes Castle gift shop… Happy exploring!