St Mawes is the principal village on the Roseland Peninsula, situated at the mouth of the Percuil River.
An important port in medieval times and now a picturesque harbour with a small fishing fleet, it is protected by the most perfectly preserved of Henry VIII’s coastal fortresses, St Mawes Castle.
The village remains a centre for a range of watersports activities and offers three fine beaches. In St Mawes you will find a range of pubs, cafes and restaurants, and some interesting shops and galleries.
Why not pick up a Tresaure Trail from Roseland Visitor Centre to help you better explore this beautiful village.
At the top of the long stay car park behind the Rising Sun is the Recreation Ground. Here you will find an excellent Skate ramp and Tennis Court as well as a children’s play area, nature trail and aerial slide. Picnic tables are dotted about and there is a huge green area ideal for a family game of cricket or football.
Recently several local organisations enjoyed making mosaic slabs which are inlaid into the path that winds through the Recreation Ground so that wandering from one area of the park to another is interesting and fun.
To hire the Tennis court just pop into Roseland Visitor Centre. Play for one hour for £8. Please note : we charge a deposit for the court key of £20 (refundable upon return of the key in accordance with the court hire terms). We sell tennis balls but you will need to bring your own racket.
St Mawes is linked to Falmouth by the St Mawes Ferry which runs year round across the harbour. Enterprise Boats run regular services to Truro from May to September. During the summer months, a small passenger ferryboat links St Mawes to Place on the remote St Anthony headland, enabling visitors to visit the small church behind Place Manor and the St Anthony Lighthouse and St Anthony Battery, as well as enjoying a pleasant circular walk.
Roseland Gig club
St Mawes is home to the Roseland Gig club. Established in 1986 with the first gig launched in 1987.
The sport of Pilot Gig Racing has evolved over a number of years from what was once a way of earning a living. Throughout the history of the pilot gig there have been heroic rescues, jobs in pilotage and now the rapidly expanding sport.
You can watch the gigs being rowed on most Thursday evenings in St Mawes and the club hold events throughout the year
Walk to St Just Church
It is an easy 2 mile coastal walk from St Mawes Castle to St Just in Roseland Church, described by Sir John Betjeman as being “to many people the most beautiful churchyard on earth.”
It’s easy to see why people love to visit this beautiful village.