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St Mawes, Cornwall

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Where to Meet in St Mawes to Join Outdoor Girl

Updated 26-07-20

The historic Quay in St Mawes Harbour (TR2 5DW) is the official rendezvous for all Outdoor Girl Voyages. Plan your travel for the quay in your first instance.

Our alternative meeting point in St Mawes is Freshwater Boatyard, Freshwater Lane (TR2 5AR). Outdoor Girl has a beach mooring on the shore to the left of the main slipway at this tiny boatyard on the Percuil River, which is best for some combinations of wind and tide.

This is still within the village and only about 10 minutes walk from the village quay and main (pay & display) car park. There is sometimes free street parking in this area in Buckeys Lane, Pedn Moran or Freshwater Lane itself. As with all street parking please make sure there is room for fire engines to get through and no drives are blocked.

Do not drive down the steep driveway into Freshwater Boatyard. It is a small working area and no room to turn. and no parking.

For some voyages we may pre position Outdoor Girl in a new exploration area within the Falmouth and Helford Estuary network to make better use of the winds and tides and sheltered water. Debbie will contact you at least 48hrs before the voyage with final joining instructions by email and text. All confirmed customers will be sent Debbies mobile number for emegencies or late arrival.

How to get here

By Road & Parking

The A30 is the best route into Cornwall for St Mawes – if you follow a Sat Nav you will probably be taken via King Harry Car Ferry which is not the quickest route but is worth doing for the experience.

The best way is to leave the A30 at Fraddon and follow the B3275 until it meets the A390 where you turn left for a little way back towards St Austell. Then follow the signs to the right for the A3078 which ends in St Mawes.

There are two car parks in St Mawes both trouble free and you can pay by card

St Mawes Quay Car Park is very convenient as it is where you join your voyage but is a little more expensive.

St Mawes Central Car Park run by the St Just in Roseland Parish Council  is recommended. It is just a minute walk from the Quay.

You can pay for a number of days with a debit card

Outdoor Girl sailing off St Mawes village
Outdoor Girl heading for the harbour in St Mawes

Rail & transfers

To get to St Mawes by train, buy a ticket for Falmouth Town Station and come accross Falmouth Harbour by passenger ferry..Falmouth is on a branch line from Truro which is on the main London - Penzance rail line.  Trains come into Cornwall to Truro from many parts of the UK and it is only 30 minutes down the brach line to Falmouth but beware there are several small stations in Falmouth. Get off at Falmouth Town Station..

https://www.raileasy.co.uk

Falmouth Town Station (the Dell) is ten minutes walk from Customs House Quay where one of three ferries runs to St Mawes in the summer. In the winter it is about another 15 minutes walk to the Prince of Wales Pier.

Ferry is the best way. St Mawes Passnger Ferry timetable for both piers https://www.falriver.co.uk/ferries/st-mawes-ferry/timetable. This has a live update to confirm which ferrys are running on the day. It only stops in really bad weather.

St Mawes Ferry  01872 861 911 or 07855 438 674

 Ferries are hourly in winter and three per hour in the summer and the journey is 20-25 minutes.

Buses

There are buses from Truro to St Mawes but they are very infrequent and take about an hour. 

Air & transfers

Newquay is the nearest airport but it is poorly served by public transport. A taxi to St Mawes can cost over £60

Feeling Guilty? - Carbon Offsetting Schemes

Classic Sailing recommend Treesisters charity as a carbon offsetting scheme and we have our own Classic Sailing Forest you can add tree planting to. These community tree planting schemes are all in parts of the world that desperately need reforestation and have maximum scope to reduce CO2

https://treesisters.org/fundraisers/classic-sailing-forest-1

Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

Classic Sailing invites to a private facebook group where you can connect with other sailors who have booked with us. If you want to find a travel companion or share ideas on accommodation options before your trip, then posting a request on this is this is a safer option than our public facebook page. (due to data protection laws we cannot pass on contact details for other sailors on your trip directly)

History

St Mawes has a beautiful Tudor Castle built at King Henry 8th directions to be half of the Castles that protected the Fal from the Spanish. The Castle is unique in being in the shape of a clover leaf without any later spoiling additions. It was in constant military usage from 1568 to 1918 when it was handed over to what is now English Heritage.


Walking

The South West Coast Path is linked by two ferries Falmouth to St Mawes and St Mawes to Place (Place Ferry summer time only). There is a contrasting choice of walking from rugged headlands like St Anthony and the Dodman to the quiet creeks of Percuil and the Fal at Ruan and Philleigh where there is a micro brewery at the Roseland Inn

Annual Events
Classic Sailing Pilot Cutter Review – June each year www.classic-sailing.co.uk/info/pilot-cutter-review

St Mawes Regatta as part of Falmouth Sailing Week see www.stmawessailing.co.uk/

Roseland Festival every Autumn http://www.crbo.co.uk/roseland/welcome.php

 

High Quality accommodation

Hotel Tresanton as used by Prince Charles, the rich and famous with a great restuarant and above Tavern Beach  www.tresanton.com/

Idle Rocks Hotel is right on the harbour front for a treat  https://idlerocks.com/

St Mawes Hotel - another boutique hotel on Marine Parade only fet from the sea https://www.stmaweshotel.com/

 

Mid range accommodation

Braganza best guest recommendations www.stmawes.info/bed-and-breakfast/braganza-guesthouse

Rising Sun - a pub with rooms and a big sunny terrace and restuarant. dog friendly.  https://risingsunstmawes.co.uk/

Nearwater B&B. A great B&B run by sailors and open water swimmers https://nearwaterstmawes.co.uk/  

 

Standard accommodation

Little Newton B&B www.stmawes.info/bed-and-breakfast/little-newton

Newton Farm B&B www.stmawes.info/bed-and-breakfast/newton-farm-bed-and-breakfast

Camping

Trethem Mill Touring Park -Award winning 5 star touring park near St Mawes - Caravan and Camp Site  https://www.trethem.com/

Treloan near Gerrans / Portscatho for camping yurts, caravans and camping pods https://treloancoastalholidays.co.uk/

Trewince Farm near St Anthony Lighthouse and Portscatho http://www.trewincefarm.co.uk/

Happy Heath Farm is small new campsite run by our bookeeper Anna Gibson. If you dont have a tent she has a coral pink bell tent with a double air bag in Flo's Meadow. www.happyheathfarm.com

 

We are keen to keep this information accurate and we welcome your comments.

Your travel responsibilities

Passports and Visas***

*** “Classic Sailing cannot cover every possible visa scenario as customers may have dual nationality, or be working or living in a country different from their passport nationality.

To avoid any last-minute stress, we advise you to contact the local embassies of the countries you will be visiting in your country to find out which travel documents you need. Please start early, obtaining a visa can take some time. It is your responsibility to have the right travel documents for all countries you visit during your stay on board.

If you plan to travel onto other destinations please check you have a right to stay in the country too as you may be classed as arriving in a country as ‘yacht sailors in transit’ and not have same rights as a tourist.

Even if you don’t need a visa, please check your passport expiry date is sufficient for country entry requirements.”***

Travel, Health, Vaccinations and Safety

Security for tourists in certain countries, regions or cities can change rapidly. Please check with your own Government Foreign Office for their latest advice for travellers.

UK travellers check under specific destination at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Likewise we suggest you check if there are any recommended or required vaccinations well before departure as some take more than one jab. For UK travellers check out ‘Fit for Travel’ http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations

Travel Insurance

It is compulsory that you have travel insurance to sail on any of our voyages, but you do not have to buy the insurance from us. If you purchase your own please make sure it covers sailing as an activity, and racing if you are racing crew. Most our voyages sail further than 3 miles from the shore so check that you will be covered sailing outside territorial waters.

Classic Sailing recommend Topsail Insurance http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/travel-insurance They have policies designed for sailing crew on yachts or tall ships, whether you want an annual policy or a single trip. These are suitable for UK based sailors but the page also has links to alternative companies and recommended insurance companies for non UK citizens.

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