St Mawes Castle
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The Coast of the Roseland Peninsula (from Turnaware Point to Mevagissey)

On the other side of the Fal Estuary, or Carrick Roads as this large area of sheltered deep water is known, opposite to Falmouth lies St Mawes at the head of the Roseland Peninsula. The magic of Comwall assumes a new dimension in the Roseland, here the scenery is completely different in character to the North Coast. On this coast rocky coves and sandy beaches are cheek by jowl with river estuaries and creeks sheltered by woodland. St Mawes, with its castle built on the orders of Henry VIII to protect Falmouth's flank, is a town of rather select houses on a hillside overlooking the harbour. The Roseland Peninsula has hardly been touched by tourism and not at all by industry; and its inland areas remain peaceful farmland.

Boating: Carrick Roads and Gerrans Bay are ideal for all kinds of boating; shore facilities are plentiful and special areas are set aside for water-skiing; sheltered water can be found in all weathers.

Fishing:Generally all the sandy beaches are rewarding with ground tackle, pollack and flounder mostly with the occasional sea bass, while mackerel are still plentiful off the rocks. Mevagissey is one of the best sea-angling resorts in the West Country; the outer side of its harbour wall provides float fishing and spinning for pollack, mackerel, garfish and bass; grey mullet can be caught on light tackle in the early morning.

Swimming: The many sandy coves and beaches on this undeveloped coast are safe for swimming in most weather conditions, and as they are sheltered from the west by the Lizard peninsula there is seldom any heavy swell.



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