Monday – St Mawes and Place, Cornwall

I awoke to sun streaming into the bedroom of my cottage, and rushed like a child to peep through the curtains and take in the full impact of that glorious view. The choice of our holiday location had proved tricky, as I wanted a view of the water and somewhere I could take Rusty Dog. At that moment I knew that my hard work had paid off, and I set about organising our day trip across to Place – a tiny mooring across the water from St Mawes – on one of the slender ‘fingers’ of land making up the Roseland Peninsula.

 

We made our way down to St Mawes Harbour from the cottage …

 

St Mawes Harbour

St Mawes Harbour

 

 

The best way to travel about from one side of the Fal estuary to the other is by a fleet of local ferries, and the one to Place was a wonderful white and varnished wood rowing boat – fitted with an outboard motor to speed up transit.

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We arrived at the pontoon in Place, which was situated in a small creek or bay overlooked by the majestic Place House, formerly an 12th century priory – and now the stately mansion of the Spry dynasty.

 

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St Anthony's Church

St Anthony’s Church

 

I was particularly interested in this mansion, and the attached Norman church, as my ancestors originated from Cornwall – and were known by the name Spry-Dennis.  I wonder whether there is any connection between these particular Spry and my father’s family, the Dennis’ …

Rusty, in the meantime, was more interested in haring about on the bouncy pontoon, swimming in the bay and finding the remains of a fellow sight-seers cornish pasty !!

 

Rusty takes no time getting into the water ...

Rusty takes no time getting into the water …

 

 

The views back towards St Mawes were delightful …

 

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The view from Place Quay

The view from Place Quay

 

We then proceeded by foot around the headland, with fantastic vistas at every turn of our path …here are just a few -:

 

Our woodland path

Our woodland path

 

Lonely Cottage

Lonely Cottage

 

View across to St Mawes Castle

View across to St Mawes Castle

 

St Anthony's Lighthouse through old pines

St Anthony’s Lighthouse through old pines

 

Bare tree and yacht

Bare tree and yacht

 

Close up of the Lighthouse

Close up of the Lighthouse

 

Gt Molunan Beach

Gt Molunan Beach

 

Rusty at lunchtime

Rusty at lunchtime

 

Portloe beach

Portloe beach

 

Portloe beach

Portloe beach

 

We wanted to take Rusty down onto Portloe beach but the cliff path down had been damaged in the previous winter, and so the golden sand remained pristine … In any case, we had to return to Place Quay in time for the last return ferry to St Mawes …

 

The Ferryman returns ...

The Ferryman returns …

 

We headed back towards home, and a welcome cream tea on the St Mawes harbour.  The last few shots are 3 of my ‘bests’ of the day -:

Best Boats

Rowing boats in St Mawes Harbour

Rowing boats in St Mawes Harbour

 

Best Buoy…

 

Buoy in estuary

Buoy in estuary

 

Best Boy …

 

A very tired Rusty dog !

A very tired Rusty dog !

 

 

A fantastic first day, with lots more exciting prospects ahead… See you for Day 2 soon !

 

 

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