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Roseland & The Fal Further Information

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About the area

The Fal estuary, renowned for it's sailing and wildlife. where two river valleys meet the ocean, culminates in an impressive deep-water harbour that has long offered sailors much-needed shelter from the prevailing westerly winds. A landscape of wooded creeks and inlets provide a picturesque setting for the many tiny villages and isolated churches that help lend this area its unique and delightful character.

Two castles were built on the orders of Henry VIII on opposite sides of the estuary - Pendennis Castle and St Mawes Castle are historic landmarks on the South Coast of Cornwall protecting both Falmouth and St Mawes.


St Mawes can be reached by road across the King Harry Ferry which is generally regarded as one of the prettiest ferry crossings - a short trip by anyone's standards takes you onto the delights of The Roseland. During the summer season, you can also catch a foot ferry from Falmouth's Prince of Wales Pier and Custom House Quay. St Mawes is a popular town as a holiday destination with its sandy beaches, easy access to the water and a number of shops, galleries and restaurants.


The Cathedral City of Truro is the administrative centre of Cornwall. Truro boasts a good range of shops and restaurants and the newly regenerated Lemon Quay, a continental-style cobbled square lined with café terraces, is home to bustling farmer's markets and local craft and produce stalls.


The bustling town of Falmouth is a hub of sailing and maritime activity. Steeped in history dating from the days of the Post Office Packet sailing boats that carried mail and cargo to all corners of the world. Pendennis Shipyard in Falmouth is an important ship building and repair yard that has been involved in some famous yacht construction. Falmouth is a thriving university town and a haven for yachtsmen which is demonstrated by the many different bars, cafes, shops and galleries which line the streets.