The foot ferry from St Mawes to Falmouth has been on my hit list for a while but being a typical local, I never got round to it. With the whole about acting like a tourist in your own town being the thing to do, me and my bestie ventured to pretty St Mawes and finally hopped aboard the foot ferry to Falmouth.
If you’re unfamiliar with little St Mawes, it sits on the pretty Roseland Peninsula on the south coast of Cornwall. It’s a lovely part of Cornwall to visit and a definite hotspot if you’re on holiday. The Roseland offers a relaxed coastal vibe with outstanding views of Falmouth and St Anthonys Head (depending on where you’re standing!).
I’m a lover of the water and am no stranger when it comes to adventures on the Fal River. I’ve taken the King Harry ferry many times. I’ve kayaked from Loe Beach to Mylor (well, almost), and have boarded a few boats in my time and whizzed around the coastline.
Why on earth I didn’t go for a ferry ride sooner? I really don’t know!
The ferry leaves St Mawes every half an hour in the Summer (check the timetable here) and is less frequent in the winter. Always check it’s running beforehand because when the weather’s a bit dodgy, the number of crossings may be limited.
If there’s time before you leave St Mawes, it’s worth having a little wander. It’s a pretty little place with a few independent shops, a castle and a few back alleys with lovely coastal homes. It’s certainly well kept and is in keeping with coastal style.
The ferry itself is a relatively small boat and the crossing takes about 20 minutes. We had the benefit of going on a sunny day and the views didn’t disappoint. As you leave St Mawes, on your left you can see the rather impressive Place House (that’s the grand yellow house over the water) and St Anthony’s Head and Lighthouse. On the right, once past St Mawes, you have views of the Fal River going up towards St Just in Roseland (on the right) and Mylor (on the left).
It’s fair to say I was one camera happy Cornish girl!
The crossing itself was comfortable. No sea legs or sickness in sight (not that I’m prone).
The ferry takes you to one of two piers in Falmouth, alternating every half an hour (check times to clarify). Either pier is good, and each sit at different ends of Falmouth. The High Street is accessible from both. We landed at the Prince of Wales Pier (PWP), near the Greenbank Hotel, and hit the shops.
A Day In Falmouth.
You can spend the day bimbling around Falmouth, I think it’s one of my favourite Cornish towns. I guess this could be a blog post in it’s own right.
Falmouth is home to lots of independent retailers as well as typical Cornish or coastal brands, such as Seasalt and Whistlefish. When it comes to coffee and lunch, you’re spoilt for choice! I love how there are very few chains in Falmouth. For excellent coffee I would recommend Espressini (actually, the food is good too) or Good Vibes. For a cheeky swift beer there’s the wonderful Beerwolf Books. If you’re up for a gin (and why not?), you simply must to go to Dolly’s (257 gins anyone?).
On the return, we caught the ferry from Custom House Quay. The sun had gone in and we were feeling slightly tired from the walking and heat (ok, it may have been the gins too). But we loved our day out and our ride on the sea.
How you had any fab days out recently, in Cornwall or beyond? Or maybe you hitched a ride on the ferry too and totally loved it! Is there anywhere you would recommend? I’m always on the lookout for somewhere new to explore.