The Roseland Peninsula

Discover The Roseland Peninsula

Bordered by the Fal Estuary to the west and the Atlantic to the east, The Roseland Peninsula has been designated part of Cornwall’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for the quality of its landscape and coastal scenery.

It’s only a short drive from St Austell before you hit a switchback of lanes that will lead you to some lovely wide open beaches that are never crowded; out of the way farm shops selling produce grown in nearby fields and ultimately to the coast and St Mawes, a fashionable fishing village curving around a sheltered bay.

The peninsula also has great walking routes and the coastal waters are popular with yachtsmen, windsurfers and canoeists.

Reasons to visit -  The Roseland Peninsula

  • Tranquility
  • Stunning scenery
  • Fabulous walking
  • The historic port of St Mawes with its famous castle
  • Secluded coves
  • Delightful creeks
  • Wooded countryside
  • Pretty fishing and rural villages
  • Tranquil beaches
  • Scenic cliffs and headlands

Things to do on The Roseland Peninsula

  • Have a picnic and explore St Mawes Castle built by Henry VIII to guard the entrance to the safe anchorage in the Carrick Roads. Today, the castle stands intact and although re-fortified throughout its history, it is a Tudor time capsule wanting to be explored. Set in landscaped grounds, which provide some fine views of the surrounding coastline.
  • Go for a walk around The Roseland offering fabulous coastal and inland walks all year round. Pick up walking guides and booklets at the Roseland Visitor Centre and from local shops.
  • Take a ferry from St Mawes to Falmouth
  • Visit the 13th century church at St Just in Roseland
  • Hire a kayak, get the safety briefing and off you go around the coast or maybe explore the Percuil River and creeks.

Beaches on The Roseland Peninsula

  • Tavern and Summers Beach in St Mawes are two very good family beaches on either side of St Mawes harbour. Both are excellent for swimming and the southerly aspect makes them ideal for sunbathing.
  • Great Molunan at St Anthony is owned by the National Trust. This small golden sandy beach is reached by a path from the Headland.
  • Porthbeor. This National Trust owned golden sandy beach is reached by a steep path. Rocky areas are exposed at low water. Secluded and very quiet.
  • Towan. A long strip of sand excellent for exploring rock pools at low tide.
  • Portscatho – Tattams. An attractive fishing village beach which is mainly rocks, with sandy patches. The beach stretches all the way to Porthcurnick Beach to the north.
  • Portscatho – Porthcurnick. A beautiful sandy cove, National Trust owned, with many rock pools. Ideal for children and water activities.
  • Carne and Pendower. Owned by the National Trust, both beaches are wide and sandy. At low tide it is possible to walk from one beach to the other. 
  • Portholland. A small cove with rock pools.
  • Caerhays – Porthluney Beach. A privately owned, secluded family beach with an expanse of golden sand and a beach side café.

The Roseland Peninsula - visitor centre

The visitor centre is situated in St Mawes in the Main Car Park and stocks a good range of maps, guides, bus, train and ferry timetables. The address is: The Square, St Mawes, TR2 5AG
Tel: 01326 270440. Email: enquiries@roselandinfo.com 

The Roseland Peninsula - useful website links

St Mawes and The Roseland Tourist Information Centre
Where to stay in The Roseland
Things to do in The Roseland
What's on in The Roseland
Beaches on The Roseland

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