The Roseland is perhaps one of the most beautiful and unspoilt parts of Cornwall.
It doesn’t attract the volume of visitors that St Ives, Padstow and Falmouth do – and in many respects that is what makes it so special. From hidden creeks to dramatic clifftops, this spit of land has some of the most inspiring scenery in the country…and it’s all on your doorstep. There is a reason Cornwall is always voted the UK’s number one tourist destination.
St Just in Roseland
The church in St Just is beautiful. So beautiful in fact that Sir John Betjeman described it as being “to many people the most beautiful churchyard on earth.” The church sits at the head of a small creek and is home to subtropical plants nestling alongside a centuries old graveyard.
The idyllic old world fishing harbour of St Mawes with its mild climate, fascinating history and stunning location is one of Cornwall’s best kept secrets. The small harbour side village enjoys a wide selection of waterfront cafes, bars, restaurants, ice cream shops and galleries. There’s a big car park in the centre of the village which, gives you easy access to the waterfront and from here it’s only a 15 minute walk up to St Mawes Castle – a 16th century castle built by Henry VIIth. St Mawes is also a hub for the local ferry network. The St Mawes passenger ferry runs year round and is a 20 minute trip across the Carrick Roads to Falmouth where there’s an abundance of things to see and do.Through April to October the Place Ferry also runs which will take you across St Mawes Harbour so you can explore the South West Coast Path on the opposite side.
It’s just ten minutes to get to Portscatho by car and very much worth a visit while you’re here. Pop into The Harbour Gallery and say hi to Mark Hatwood, one of the Roseland’s fascinating characters. The gallery is home to some stunning pieces, so if art is your thing you should definitely head down.
The Hidden Hut can be found on Porthcurnick Beach, near to Portscatho, and is an absolute gem. Their feasts night sell like hot cakes and tickets are like gold dust, however they do open for lunch and serve up fabulous food. There is also the Plume of Feathers, The Boathouse Restaurant and Tatams coffee Huts with great beaches and walking nearby it’s hard to leave.
Philleigh is home to the Roseland Inn and the Philleigh Way Cookery School, it’s very close to us and always makes for a lovely walk.
The Roseland Inn is a lovely little pub that serves hearty food all year round. They’ll always give you a warm welcome whatever the weather is doing outside.
Philleigh Way Cookery School offers a range of different cooking courses and experiences. If food is your thing then this should be a must while you are here. As they say, it’s hard to imagine a better place to learn about food.
While you’re in Philleigh it’s worth taking a trip across the Fal River on the icon King Harry Ferry – a chain ferry that links the Roseland to the opposite bank of the river. The National Trust’s Trelissick Gardens are on the far shore and have great year-round walks to enjoy.
Veryan is a quaint little village famous for it’s two roundhouses. It’s a good base for walking and exploring Nare Head and Carne Beach. It’s only a 10 minute drive to Veryan and from here you can explore one of the most beautiful stretches of the South West Coast Path.
There’s a circular walk from Veryan that will take you past the Nare Hotel and on to the dramatic Nare Head. The Nare Hotel serve lunches and cream teas, so is a good stop off point. If the weather is good, take the time out to explore Carne Beach, a beautiful unspoilt beach that never gets crowded.
In Veryan itself you’ll find Veryan Galleries, a lovely little gallery that’s been going strong for 40 years.
Where to find them…
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