Beach life and boat trips aren’t just summer pastimes in Cornwall. In fact, on a clear, crisp mid-winter’s day, you might catch some of the most stunning locations in Cornwall flaunting their beauty just for you. At least that’s how it felt when we hopped on the ferry from Falmouth to St Mawes this week.
Spurred on by the two-for-one offer on the St Mawes ferry throughout January, I decided to do something different with my pre-school boys for our weekday outing. And a boat trip sure beats playschool or playzone.
Boarding a ferry with two wild things and a buggy might have been a fraught affair in the summer crowds, but the helpful crew and the fact we had the ferry to ourselves meant the adventure was mostly stress-free. I say mostly, because the boys levels of excitement were close to lifting them overboard as they pegged around the empty boat between the decks and the cabin, resulting in a stern word from the captain.
On arrival at St Mawes it was evident that much of the village had closed its doors to the winter squalls. Yet, free from second-home owners and holidaymakers, its beauty revealed itself quietly under the winter sun. With fresh muffins from the quayside bakery we picnicked on the beach, skimmed pebbles in the pancake-flat sea and hopped over the rocks on the deserted beach.
Of the handful of cafés and eateries open we opted for The Rising Sun pub for coffee and hot chocolates, won over by its fireside sofas and a sunny, sea-view conservatory. Shame we didn’t have time to stop for lunch, but the pasties at the bakery were beckoning us before the next boat back to Falmouth.
The St Mawes Ferry runs year-round from Prince of Wales Pier, Falmouth. In winter services are hourly. For timetables and info see: http://www.falriver.co.uk/getting-about/ferries/st-mawes-ferry