Explore St Mawes

We’re lucky enough to have the Falmouth-St Mawes ferry on our very doorstep, and with 364-day operation and fresh winter air across the Fal Estuary, there’s no better time of year than winter to explore this beautiful peninsula.

Coastal and inland walks

The immediacy of the Cornish coastline is something that simply cannot be ignored, and spending a morning, afternoon or even a day traversing the coast or the inland walking routes is a fantastic way to A. explore the area, and B. build up an appetite before heading into the village for delicious, local produce.

St Mawes Bakery

Pastries, cakes, bread, paninis – St Mawes Bakery is the perfect place to stop for some refueling between coastal rambles, it’s a great idea to pick up some of their famous Cornish pasties for the trip back to Falmouth, too.

Saffron cakes always go down well back at home, so make sure to stock up for a little taste of Cornwall when you find yourself yearning for our friendly folk and stunning scenery!

St Mawes Castle

King Henry VIII’s clover shaped defences of St Mawes Castle is one of the best-preserved coastal artillery fortresses from his era, built as protection from an invasion threat of Catholic France and Spain in the 1500s.

The sea views from atop the castle are just sublime, and alongside an audio tour playing out the past, a darker history of the fortress is on show at the ‘oubliette’, where prisoners were once held captive.

Café Chandlers

Get to St Mawes early in the morning to watch the village get to its feet and start the day at Café Chandlers.

Lauded for its coffee and cake, they use seasonal ingredients and pride themselves with the local produce on their shelves – plus, there’s always a portion of humour thrown in for good measure!

The Falmouth – St Mawes ferry is too good an opportunity to let up, especially with such proximity to the Greenbank. So whether you’re visiting us for a long weekend or just dropping in for an Afternoon Tea, hopping on to the estuary for a Cornish exploration never fails for a grand day out.