St Mawes - Winter evening

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View across the seafront, past the Idle Rocks and towards the harbour in St Mawes. Beyond you can just make out the illuminated outline of St Mawes Castle and its big brother Pendennis Castle on the headland across the Carrick Roads.

St Mawes is charming place sitting at the mouth of the Rivers Fal and Percuil. As such it has been a magnet to the well-heeled for many years with regular guests including members of the royal family. The village manages to retain much of its charm as the only convenient way to get here is by boat from Falmouth - the alternative is a long drive along the lanes of the Roseland Peninsula (which isn't a bad thing in itself).

Photo: Helen Hotson

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