St Anthony Head (Cornwall)
St Anthony Headland with fine views over Falmouth Bay one of the world’s largest natural harbours. Many miles of coastal and creek-side walks, sandy coves.
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- Great Molunan beach is a small cove with a sandy beach. Popular with boating families as Great Molunan beach overlooks the entrance to Falmouth harbour. Little Molunan beach, the smaller beach to the east is less popular as it is only accessible at low tide or by boat. However, it has a rocky area, which is great for rock pooling. Small car park at St Anthony’s Head and then a walk via a steep cliff path.
- Saint Mawes Castle is among the best-preserved of Henry VIII’s coastal artillery fortresses. The castle was one of the chain of forts built between 1539 and 1545 to counter an invasion threat from Catholic France and Spain, it guarded the important anchorage of Carrick Roads, sharing the task with Pendennis Castle on the other side of the Fal estuary.
- St. Mawes has two main beaches with a mixture of sand and rock, Tavern Beach and Summers Beach. At low tide there is also the harbour beach.Summers beach is a large south facing crescent of sand and rocks. Tavern beach lies just below the the 16th century St. Mawes Castle, built about 1542. St Mawes is a popular centre for a wide range of watersports activities. All the beaches in St. Mawes can be busy in the summer, due to the ferry from Falmouth. Facilities include car park, toilets, food and shops.
- The gardens are set on a four-acre hillside that looks out to St Mawes Bay. The garden has a large sub-tropical collection and is laid out in a Mediterranean style with streams, bridges and water features. The gardens are open twice a week from April to September, Wednesday and Friday, from 10 am till 5 pm.
- You don’t need to spend ages figuring out why this cafe is called The Hidden Hut as it is a wooden hut next to Porthcurnick beach, which is itself an isolated beach. The cafe has a varied menu but has beautifully cooked food on an outdoor stove or in the indoor bakery oven. Note that as this is remote it has no telephone line or mobile signal and so no need to book just come and enjoy!
- Porthcurnick beach is a wide isolated sandy beach with rock pools and at low tide some smaller coves become accessible. The beach is managed by the National Trust and is located at the end of a narrow lane with no parking, it is advised to park in the New Road, Portscatho car park and take the coast path. This stretch of Roseland Peninsula coast is worth exploring with Portscatho around St Anthony Headland to the west, or to the east you have Carne and Pendower beaches. The beach has The Hidden Hut cafe and a slipway although if you have a boat beware of the narrow single track lane access.
- Pendower beach and Carne beach combined is a 1 mile sandy beach. The west part of which is Pendower Beach and east part Carne Beach. Activities include swimming, diving, surfing, windsurfing, canoeing and fishing. Facilities include car park, toilets, cafe/shop and slipway onto beach.
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