Cornwall Life visits St Mawes... Our town

PUBLISHED: 15:11 25 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:15 20 February 2013

Dave McCree

Dave McCree

St Mawes is an idyllic community that many of us would love to live in. Ian Wilkinson asks some of the locals what makes it so special

St Mawes is an idyllic community that many of us would love to live in. Ian Wilkinson asks some of the locals what makes it so special


St Mawes is close the south-western tip of the Roseland Peninsula, an area of dramatic coastal scenery and inland, gently rolling countryside. The town is a sailing centre and an excellent starting point for exploring the Roseland. It has good local facilities, two splendid beaches and, of course, its historic castle. Buses connect St Mawes and the coastal villages with Truro and there is also a ferry to Truro and one of the peninsulas most beautiful spots St Just-in-Roseland. This tiny hamlet and 12th-century church sit by the waters edge surrounded by palm trees, magnolias, tree ferns and other sub-tropical plants. Take the King Harry Ferry if you are driving to St Mawes from Falmouth, or the passenger ferry from the Prince of Wales Pier in Falmouth.

Dave McCree is the manager of the large car park opposite the Idle Rocks Hotel at the entrance to the town.


We are very much a self-sufficient community... and there are any number of organised events and activities

Theres always plenty to do in St Mawes, particularly in the evenings. Theres the Sailing Club and the Social Club, and the Idle Rocks Hotel has a licence as well. The community spirit in St Mawes is excellent. We are very much a self-sufficient community in terms of shops and services. The biggest event we have is in July the Town Regatta thats been going for 129 years, making it the longest-running event in the village. There are swimming races, rowing competitions and of course sailing, and everyone enjoys it!

Susan Thomas is a volunteer information officer at the Visitor Centre. She was born in Camborne but has lived on the Roseland Peninsula for 40 years.


Theres so much for families to do here, particularly in the summer with the wonderful beaches

Theres so much for families to do here, particularly in the summer with the wonderful beaches. And not too far away for a day out theres Flambards, near Helston. But my favourite is St Just-in-Roseland Church. Its really beautiful down there. To relax I like taking the dogs for a walk. The National Trust has opened up the footpaths in Roseland and I like to walk around the creek to the church. The going is moderate but its well worth the effort.

Eleanor Preston was born in St Mawes and now lives in Sea View Crescent in the heart of the village.


There are some lovely walks and my favourite is the one from the Castle to St Just-in-Roseland

St Mawes has so many good points. Theres the wonderful scenery, particularly the views from the top of the hill and from the castle. And the beaches are very good safe, clean and excellent for families. There are also some lovely walks and my favourite is the one from the Castle to St Just-in-Roseland. Its across the fields and takes about an hour depending on how long you stop to admire the scenery. My favourite place to eat in the evenings is the Old Watch House, which serves good English food, well cooked.

Shirley Penhaligon was born and bred in St Mawes and is now the Clerk to St Just-in-Roseland Parish Council.


St Mawes has a wonderful community spirit, and there are always lots of events held here

St Mawes has a wonderful community spirit, its very clean and there are always lots of events held here, particularly in the summer. Of course its also very beautiful. Its a great place for boat trips and there is a regular ferry to Falmouth and a boat that goes up as far as Truro. In the winter I am involved with the local drama group, the St Mawes Players and that takes up most of my spare time. For a really good evening meal I would recommend the Tresanton Hotel, or to meet friends for a drink or a pub meal I would go to the Victory Inn.

Ann Metcalfe runs the St Mawes Bakery on the harbour. She had been coming to St Mawes on holiday from her home in the Midlands for 27 years, fell in love with it and moved here in 2006.


For young people there is swimming and surfing and snorkelling

Its a lovely place to live. In summer its very busy with visitors but in winter it goes quiet and comes into its own theres a wonderful community spirit. For young people there is swimming and surfing and snorkelling, and a new skateboard park is being installed in the village. For older teenagers, Falmouth and Truro are only a short ferry trip away. For a special meal I would recommend the Tresanton Hotel, or for pub food the Rising Sun or the Victory. My favourite walk is to follow the estuary to the 12th-century church at St Just-in-Roseland. Its beautiful.

Peter Buckle is the Assistant Harbour Master. At one time he worked for the Midland Bank in the City of London but moved to St Mawes around ten years ago.


They are wonderful people down here and everyone in St Mawes has made my wife and I very welcome over the past ten years

They are wonderful people down here and everyone in St Mawes has made my wife and I very welcome over the past ten years. Its an idyllic place and very beautiful. To relax and perhaps reflect on the day, I like to walk along to one of the seats on Tredenham Road. We are blessed with good views but the one from here of the bay and Carrick Roads is excellent. St Mawes pubs and restaurants are good; however, for a really special evening out I would recommend the Tresanton Hotel.

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