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Today we headed to the south coast of Cornwall and St Anthony Head near St Mawes on the tip of the Roseland Peninsula. The head is at the mouth of the waterway that is Falmouth harbour and the Carrick Roads a waterway created after the Ice Age when an ancient valley flooded when melted caused the sea level to rise dramatically. This created the world’s third largest natural harbour and a navigable route from Falmouth to Truro.

At the start of our walk we found the remains of World War II gun batteries used to protect Falmouth Harbour. We also had great views of the harbour and Falmouth. As we continued on our walk along the coast we passed Porthbeor and Towan beaches. After crossing the narrow neck of the peninsula we then entered woodlands and walked along Porth Creek with views across the bay to St Mawes.

We paused at the small hamlet of St Anthony to explore the church and admire from a distance the old priory, now Place House. After a steep climb to Carricknath point we made our way along the coastal path to the St Anthony Lighthouse the final stop on our walk. The lighthouse was commissioned by Trinity House in 1835 to warn ships of the Manacles Rocks and the dangers of Black Rock sat square in the middle of the channel to the harbour. Many a shipwreck was known before that time.

We returned to the car just in time for the heavens to open. Afterwards we drove to St Mawes along the narrow country lanes for an afternoon cup of tea and cake. St Mawes is still today a fishing village and we stopped and watched a local fisherman sort his catch.



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