Built on steep slopes at the end of a peninsula flanked by the Percuil River, St Mawes is a popular but dignified little holiday resort whose delightful setting and mild climate, which have earned this part of the coast the description of the Cornish Riviera. Its sheltered harbour becomes a floating forest of masts during the holiday season, and low tide reveals several small, sandy beaches.
The main road which forms a triangle round the town passes St Mawes Castle. Built between 1540 and 1543 to guard the eastern approach to Carrick Roads, the castle has three bastions which form a clover-leaf around the low central tower. Though apparently impregnable, the castle capitulated to Cromwell’s forces in 1646 without a shot being fired – because its guns faced seawards.
There is a sailing club, and boat trips and fishing trips are available.
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