LLG Travels: St Anthony’s Headland, Roseland Peninsula, Cornwall

by LLG Admin on September 2, 2012 · 10 comments

St Anthony's Headland, Roseland Peninsula, Cornwall

I’m still longing for Cornwall. We had such a glorious long weekend staying in St Mawes at Dreamcatchers:there wasn’t a huge amount of activity. I arrived on Friday morning, headed straight to Land’s End, and Mousehole, and then spent Friday afternoon & evening reading, baking cake and watching the Olympics.

Hannah & Mark arrived very early on Saturday morning, and I drove into Truro to fetch them. The day passed in a blur of pootling, a forage around St Mawes Castle, and a fairly epic blow out supper at Hotel Tresanton after watching Usain Bolt do his thing.

On Sunday it was clearly imperative that we did something to burn off the Tresanton’s most excellent ice cream, so we decided that instead of staring across at St Anthony’s Headland,

Dreamcatchers self catering house St Mawes Cornwall

we would sail across St Mawes Harbour on the Place Ferry and explore in person.

This is the Place Ferry.

Place Ferry, St Mawes, Cornwall

It is quite wee.

Place Ferry, St Mawes, Cornwall

Place Ferry, St Mawes, Cornwall

Here’s my fellow adventurers with happy holiday faces:

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The journey across to Place on the other side of the harbour takes a mere ten minutes.

Place Ferry, St Mawes, Cornwall

The Ferry dropped us all off on this wobbly pontoon, just next to the rather splendid looking Place House (built in 1861 by Sir Thomas Spry in the style of a French Chateau).

Place Ferry, St Mawes, Cornwall

It all felt rather Swallows & Amazons, as we jumped off the boat and trotted up & through woodland. We came out into the sunlight into the churchyard, which is attached to Place House.

St Anthony's Headland, Roseland Peninsula, Cornwall

The Church is described as the best example in Cornwall of what a parish church was like during the 12th and 13th centuries, and a holy well and Medieval stone coffin are located in the churchyard. (The church is now  maintained by the Churches Conservation Trust.)

St Anthony's Headland, Roseland Peninsula, Cornwall

We carried onwards and upwards, heading towards the lighthouse.

St Anthony's Headland, Roseland Peninsula, Cornwall

We passed this glorious field, and resisted the temptation to cross it.

St Anthony's Headland, Roseland Peninsula, Cornwall

The path finally led us through this stile and out opposite St Mawes. We were almost exactly opposite Dreamcatchers at this point.

St Anthony's Headland, Roseland Peninsula, Cornwall

Being all meta.

St Anthony's Headland, Roseland Peninsula, Cornwall

The coastal path leads leftwards, past hidden coves and dells.

St Anthony's Headland, Roseland Peninsula, Cornwall

This beach is only accessible by boat.

St Anthony's Headland, Roseland Peninsula, Cornwall

Here it is from further along the path.

St Anthony's Headland, Roseland Peninsula, Cornwall

Unfortunately we didn’t make it to the lighthouse, as we suddenly looked at our watches and realised that the 2pm afternoon ferry was leaving in forty minutes. Because of the low tides that day, it wouldn’t be coming back until 4pm, and we needed our lunch.

So we romped back the way we had come.

St Anthony's Headland, Roseland Peninsula, Cornwall

And of course were early. So we sat in the sun and dangled our feet in the icy water.

St Anthony's Headland, Roseland Peninsula, Cornwall

Then it was back to St Mawes.

St Mawes, Cornwall

Place Ferry, St Mawes, Cornwall

Hungry after our hiking endeavours, we hoofed it to the Idle Rocks Hotel on the quayside for lunch.

Idle Rocks Hotel, St Mawes, Cornwall

There was lager.

Idle Rocks Hotel, St Mawes, Cornwall

The fish and chips were, I am told, wonderful. My baked Camembert went back to the kitchen twice before I gave up and just ate chips for lunch. Note to the kitchen: a baked Camembert takes longer then ten minutes to go molten in the middle. (You need to bring it to room temperature before it goes in the oven for a start, and give it at least 20 minutes, if not longer.) A fingertip of melted cheese and a styrofoam middle is revolting.

Idle Rocks Hotel, St Mawes, Cornwall

Nice chips tho.

The full set of photos is over on the LLG Facebook Page

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Jolien September 3, 2012 at 03:02

Such a great pictures. Makes me go into holiday mood all over again. It might sound really silly, and it probably is, but whenever I see buildings like the small church in your pictures, I’m instantly reminded of Hyacinth Bucket’s small countryside cottage ;) A little less glorious than your pictures though! For sure!

Love,
Jolien

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Linda Tsai September 3, 2012 at 03:59

Awwwww my beloved mousehole! This is the most adorable place in the UK, and thoroughly unspoiled. I will go back and back and back again.

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MissN September 3, 2012 at 04:43

So wonderful, your pictures make me want to return. Did the opposite journey to you last summer, as we were staying on the other side on the Roseland Peninusla. It is so beautiful down there, we did the trek to the lighthouse then got the ferry to St Mawes and had a glass of wine at the Idle Hotel as the sun was setting – didn’t try the food though. Instead had takeaway fish and chips from The Watch House which I can throughly recommend.

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Alison Moore September 3, 2012 at 07:31

I love the Place ferry. Such a cute small thing. St Mawes really is beautiful. I haven’t been back a while, but still dream of the view over the harbour.

Next time if you can try and get the ferry from Truro to St Mawes. Seems such a glamorous way to arrive and leave! Although it means no car when there. And on low tide you don’t get all the way to Truro (small details!).

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Sara September 3, 2012 at 09:33

You look lovely and relaxed in those photos…and your grin is a rebuttal to those who snark about you not smiling in photos.

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Adele September 3, 2012 at 09:43

Lovely photos, I live 15 miles away and after you inspired me with the details of your trip when you wrote two weeks ago, I took the family on the ferry with a picnic and we had a great day. It was my mission this summer to properly explore where we are lucky enough to live, too easy to take it all for granted!

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Haidee September 3, 2012 at 11:33

You look very pretty. The sea looks gorgeous

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