The town of Falmouth on the southwest coast of England is Cornwall’s largest port. It boasts a National Maritime Museum plus two fortresses built by King Henry VIII. But we took a break from sightseeing one morning to browse through the town’s shops and soak up the seaside ambience. And I was delighted with the fishing village across the harbour, picturesque St. Mawes.
In the afternoon we took a 20-minute ride on the St. Mawes Ferry, cruising through Falmouth Harbour past Henry VIII’s two coastal fortresses, Pendennis Castle and St. Mawes Castle. (The latter appeared as Fort Baton in the original 1970s Poldark series.)
|National Maritime Museum|
|St. Mawes Castle|
The pastel thatched cottages of St. Mawes looked out over the sea while families passed the afternoon poking around in tidal pools in search of crabs.
|St. Mawes, Cornwall|
The Waterside Gallery had the perfect bird by local potter Tony Worthington to add to my collection.
|Tony Worthington Pottery|
We also took time to indulge in a Cornish cream tea.
|Cornish Cream Tea at the View Café|
Back in Falmouth I satisfied my craving for seafood at the Harbour View Restaurant and later quenched my thirst with a fresh and fruity Cornish Orchards cider, made from local apples.
|Harbour View Restaurant View|
|Grilled Cornish Scallops in the Shell|
|Dressed Cornish Crab|
|Cornish Orchards Cider on Tap|
After a relaxing day exploring Falmouth we would board our Back-Roads motor coach again and head inland for a private garden tour at England’s only tea estate, Tregnothnan.
Next: England’s Tea Plantation