Wildlife, sport and beauty where the river meets the sea
Landscape artists and photographers talk of The Roseland Peninsula as a grail of unspoilt beauty on the Cornish Riviera, with a variety of scenery unparalleled even on this spectacular coast.
Protected from the prevailing south-westerlies by the great mass of The Lizard, the Roseland peninsula runs almost due south from Tregony. On its western side, it flanks the River Fal and the great estuary called Carrick Roads; to the east, it swings past Bohortha, Greeb Point and Portscatho in a succession of shallow curves to the broad sweep of Gerrans Bay.
From the mediaeval village of Ruanlanihorne, through Philleigh and St Just-in-Roseland to St Mawes, the many probing fingers of the river have created wooded banks and tall cliffs, secluded creeks and golden beaches. Click here for an image gallery of St Mawes and Place.
In The Carrick Roads are the broad reaches of water that sailors and windsurfers love. Above King Harry Ferry, the estuary contracts and splits into a lush delta of moorland, punctuated by ancient villages with welcoming pubs for the angler and ambler, or twitcher come to see the area s rich birdlife.
Leave the main roads of the Roseland peninsula for byways to see the riverside church and gardens at St Just-in-Roseland. Take the coast path from there to St Mawes and its extraordinary cloverleaf castle, built by Henry VIII. Or strike east to the twin picture-villages of Gerrans and Portscatho, and north to see the famous roundhouses of Veryan, and buy lobster or crab fresh off the quay at the lovely old fishing village of Portloe. Or take a trip on the regular passenger boat service from Enterprise boats that operates between Truro and Falmouth.
Time your visit to coincide with one of the many regattas, fetes, carnivals or gig-races, but never mind if you miss them: in the Roseland, every day feels special.
Things to see and do in the Roseland Peninsula :
- Roman Hill Fort, Tregony
- Trelissick Gardens
- The King Harry Chain-Link Ferry (Philleigh-Feock)
- The Riverside Church and Sub-Tropical Gardens at St Just-in-Roseland
- The Coast Path from St Just-in-Roseland to St Mawes (2 miles)
- St Mawes Harbour and Village
- St Mawes Tudor Castle
- St Mawes Regatta
- St Anthony in Roseland (via the St Mawes-Place Ferry)
- St Anthony Lighthouse
- St Anthony Battery
- The Place Ferry
- Turnaware Bar and Tolverne (D-Day Embarkation Points)
- Carne and Pendower Beaches (Linked at Low Tide)
- The Roundhouses of Veryan
- Veryan Gala Week – July
- Portloe, the Prototype of an 18th century Cornish Fishing Village
- Snorkel Safaris and other activities with the Dodman-Fal Estuary Countryside Service
For more information on The Roseland Peninsula