St Mawes information.

St Mawes himself was a Welsh hermit and abbott who dates back to the 6th century, who was also known by two other names, Maudetus and Maudez. The feastday for St Mawes is 18th November.

St Mawes is situated at the Southern end of the Roseland peninsula in Cornwall, overlooking Falmouth Bay which is the 3rd largest natural deep water harbour in the world. Being an unspoiled fishing village, St Mawes is the ideal spot for a stress free and relaxing holiday amid a mixture of palm trees and pines.

St Mawes has two main beaches which are ideal for swimming, sunbathing, rockpool fishing or simply building sandcastles. St Mawes harbour is a popular spot for crab fishing at high water. There are also a number of slipways in St Mawes where boats can be launched at all states of the tide. Moorings can be hired through the St Mawes harbourmaster.

St Mawes has a number of amenities which include two banks, a post office, a bakery, chemist as well as a convenience store all in the proximity of the harbour. There are also a number of gift shops, cafes, galleries and estate agents plus a fresh fish stall on the quay. Local pubs and restaraunts provide wide and varied menus to suit all tastes.

Car parking for St Mawes is at either the harbour or the main car park off the square which also has a grassed play area and bookable tennis courts at the top. Both car parks are pay and display.

A regular passenger ferry service runs between St Mawes and Falmouth (25 minute crossing) as well as a 12 seat passenger ferry between St Mawes and Place. A bus service runs from St Mawes to Truro and this also enables visitors to view other villages on the Roseland. The King Harry Ferry which runs between Philleigh and Feock gives vehicle access to Truro and to other parts of West Cornwall. A visit to the 500 year old Smugglers Cottage at Tolverne  for a Cornish cream tea is recommended as the cottage is steeped in 2nd World War history and was a focal point prior to the D-Day landings (visited in 1944 by General Eisenhower) As well as viewing the cottage and garden, visitors can look out over a number of merchant ships that have been laid up in recent times. 

Places to visit whilst staying in St Mawes 
St Mawes and Pendennis castles which are both owned by the English Heritage and open to the public. Completed in 1545. 
St Just in Roseland Church, (13th century) Described by John Betjeman as "To many people the most beautiful churchyard on earth"
St Anthony Lighthouse  and battery. The lighthouse was built 1834 and used as the set for "Fraggle Rock"
The National Maritime Museum in Falmouth, (Originally opened in 1981 as the Falmouth Maritime Museum),
The roundhouses at Veryan.(Built 1782 by Jeremiah Twist) Built round so that demons could not hide in the corners.

 There are also many coastal and inland walks. For those with green fingers there are many gardens open to the public including Lamorran Gardens in St Mawes. Trelissick Gardens at Feock, The Lost Gardens of Heligan near St Austell and of course the famous Eden Project at St Austell.

There is an opportunity to take a Orca sea safari from Falmouth which enables you to view an array of wildlife from a licensed 12 seater RHIB (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat) which can include Sharks, Seals, Dolphins and various birdlife. There is also the opportunity to view the coastline and villages from the sea, something that gives a completely different perspective..

Keen fishermen can book fishing trips from James Brown in St Mawes (07891 300078 or 01326 279204) or book through Falmouth and for those who enjoy messing about on the water, kayaks can be hired from Mark on St Mawes quay. There are also exhillerating RHIB rides from Mark leaving from the quay. For the sailing enthusiasts or spectator,there are village regattas occuring  throughout the summer as well as gig racing. Falmouth Week 2012 is 12th to 18th August and this is preceded by the highly successful St Mawes Carnival Week from 6th August until 11th August. Great fun for young and old alike. The Roseland gig club (Roseland Ladies were the  World Champions for 2009) have a beginners night on Wednesdays for those who feel energetic.