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Along the stretch of coast from Plymouth to the Lizard Head you will find some very picturesque villages such as Looe, Polpero, Mevagissey and St. Mawes. Falmouth lies across the esturay from St. Mawes.

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Looe and Fowey

Visit one of the many small coastal towns


Looe and Fowey

The coastal village of Looe, about 12km west of Plymouth is divided by the estuary of the River of the same name into East and West Looe.

The village has a good working harbour and a small sandy beach. East Looe is the busier of the towns, with restaurants, pubs and souvenir shops.

A small ferry takes you across the river or you can use the old Victorian footbridge. West Looe though quieter has a fair share of restaurants and leads to Hannafore, which has a stony beach and views of Looe Island.

West Looe though quieter has a fair share of restaurants and leads to Hannafore, which has a stony beach and views of Looe Island.


Looe and Fowey

Fowey is a small town and former port located on the west side at the mouth of the River Fowey. Best to call the town Foy rather than the more obvious Fowey.

The town, with its narrow streets and lanes is a big tourist draw in summer and becomes quite busy. It has quite a number of bars and restaurants. The Regatta is one of the tourist highlights, attracting many yachts and sail boats. It takes place in mid August.

The town has a long history and was the central command for naval attacks on French and Spanish towns in the 14th and 15th centuries.

To counter opposing attacks Henry VIII built a castle on a hill above the beach at Readymoney. The castle St. Catherine's is open to the public and admission is free. During the industrial boom, the town was the port for exporting clay quarried around St. Austell.

Fowey Ferry

Looe and Fowey

From Fowey you can take the small ferry across the river or a ferry along the coast to Mevagissey.

The ferry to Mevagissey departs from Whitehouse Quay, 400m west of Fowey town centre along the Esplanade.

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Another little Cornish town to visit



The small coastal village of Polperro is located on the mouth of the River Pol, it lies just 6km from Looe.

The town with its small fishermen cottages and protected harbour is picturesque and attracts many visitors during holiday periods.

Polperro Village


The village is still a working harbour, fishing has been a feature of the area since around the 13th century, while smuggling has been a secondary industry for long periods.

The first coast guard station was built there to counteract the smuggling activities.

Today the village looks almost as it did in the 17th century and has been the set for a number of films and TV dramas.

The harbour is maintained by Harbour Trustees, unpaid volunteers who raise funds for the upkeep of the harbour from mooring and fish landing fees.

Cliff Walk


The South West Coastal Path passes along the cliffs just outside the harbour.

The well maintained path runs for over 1000km along the south west, from Minehead in Somerset, along the North Devon and Cornish coasts.

Out towards Land's end and down to the Lizard where it swings back east towards Falmouth and long the south coast through Devon to Poole Harbour in Dorset.

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Mevagissey St Mawes

Another delightful small town to explore on the Cornish Coast.


Mevagissey St Mawes

Mevavissey is located along the Mevagissey Bay about 8km south of St. Austell, this sheltered bay attracts many sail boats and yachts during the summer period. The inner harbour provides protection for the working fishing boats.

Like many of the Cornwall villages, the streets are narrow and their quaintness attracts many visitors. The town has a number of good pubs and restaurants, many selling Cornish Scrumpy. Like many of these Cornish Fishing villages, Mevagissey has a number of art.

While the village streets are narrow, there is ample car parking space just outside the village.

In the 14th century or thereabouts, two adjacent villages were St Meva and St Issey, these hamlets later combined to form Mevagissey The Eden Project is not so far away and the town is a god base for exploring the area.

St Mawes

Mevagissey St Mawes

Opposite the large town of Falmouth, across the River Fal on the Roseland Peninsula lies the one time fishing village of St. Mawes. Following threat of attack from mainland Europe, Henry VIII commissioned the building of the Castle at St. Mawes.

The town is popular with tourist and has a thriving sailing community during the summer months. The climate around St. Mawes is especially mild throughout the year and makes it a popular place from early summer onwards. Due to the mild climate of the Roseland Peninsula the area is rich with a diversity of flora and fauna.

Within the town there are a number of good restaurants and lively pubs, helping to make visitors welcomed.

The town boasts of fine accommodation from informal Bed and Breakfast to quality hotel.

The Fal Estuary or Carrick Roads, one of the largest natural waterways in the UK was created way back in the ice age or just after, when the ice melted flooding the land for miles around, creating the navigable channels all the way up to Truro.

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Gorran Haven Porloe

Follow some of the narrow lane ways and hedgerows to the coastal villages of Gorran Haven and Portloe.

Goran Haven

Gorran Haven Porloe

Located a few kilometres beyond Mevagissey, the small village set in a sheltered cove.

Close by there are two sandy beaches Vault/Bow Beach about 2KM long to the south and Great Pergaver Beach to the north.

The area with it's safe sandy beaches is popular with family and camping holiday makers.

The small jetty is used by local fishermen and for visitors to launch their boats.
Another attraction in the area are the gardens of Heligan which is only about 6km from Gorran Haven.

Country Lanes

Gorran Haven Porloe

Inland from the coast and the South West Coastal path the small interconnecting roads pass by tillage and pasture land.

These narrow roads, often bordered by hedgerows mayb quiet in the off season, but can be so frustratingly congested in summer.

While there are a number of pull in points along the roads, reversing and backing up can be a bit bothersome, so at busy times better to stick with the larger roads.


Gorran Haven Porloe

The small coastal village of Portloe is on the Roseland Peninsula.

The village has some small working fishing boats, usually catching crab and lobster or mackerel when in season.

The harbour is managed by a voluntary trust , which raises some funds for upkeep from mooring fees.

The Cornish Coastal Path passes through the village, so it's a good point to park if walking east or west.

King Harry Ferry

Gorran Haven Porloe

The King Harry Ferry is a car ferry and located a few miles up river from St. Mawes.

Rather than taking the 50km road trip to Falmouth, cross the river by the chain ferry.

The service runs all year and takes about 10 minutes to cross.

The King Harry Ferry is a car ferry and located a few miles up river from St. Mawes.

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Falmouth and Gweek

Cross the river Fal and explore the port city of Falmouth

Falmouth Harbour

Falmouth and Gweek

Falmouth Harbour which includes the area of the Carrick Roads, is regarded as one of the world's largest natural harbours.

The Carrick Roads is not a motor lane or country road but a large inland waterway that empties into Falmouth Harbour.

While the town developed rapidly on seafaring trade in the 18th and 19th century, today it is a centre for boat building and repairs.

Falmouth Town

Falmouth and Gweek

With it's sea faring past, Falmouth has developed as an artist centre.

On a night out the artists mingle with the students from the local university, bringing a dynamism to the streets, bars and restaurants on the sea side of the town.

During the summer the town is popular with tourists as a base for exploring other parts of the Cornish Peninsula.

The town has facilities such as Bed and Breakfast, Guest-houses, Hotels, bars and restaurants.


Falmouth and Gweek

Gweek lies on the coastal route from Falmouth to the Lizard, about 5km from Helston. It is thought the origin of the name comes from the old Cornish word for village "gwig".

The village is small with a pub and a few shops.
Being at the head of the navigable part of the Helford River, Gweek has always a had maritime activities.

Today there is a sizeable boat repair yard and factory.

The Cornish Seal sanctuary is close to the village.

Further Reading on Wikipedia : Falmouth Cornwall

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