Day 13 10-05-2014 Sat Truro

Today was a truly blustery day, but mostly sunny, so perfect for exploring the Roseland (nothing to do with roses) peninsula northeast of Falmouth across the Fal river mouth. This is a beautiful area, criss-crossed with an extensive network of narrow country lanes (most of which we felt we traversed), leading to fishing villages and smugglers coves. These lanes were often lined with a profusion of wildflowers, including bluebells, seapinks, ragged robins, snowdrops, daisies, clowslips and cow parsley.

Our day’s journey started with a trip across the Fal River on the King Harry ferry, a “floating bridge” pulled across the river on submerged chains. For this short trip we paid an exorbitant £5.

Our first stop was the church of St Just, in a superb setting on the tree-lined slopes leading to the water. They have made the graveyards into formal gardens – very attractive.

IMG_1236IMG_0365 IMG_1217IMG_1221  IMG_1222 IMG_1224 IMG_1227 IMG_1230 IMG_1231 IMG_1232 IMG_1234 We drove on to St Mawes, an upmarket village opposite Falmouth.

IMG_1257 IMG_1254IMG_1259IMG_1260Across the bay was St Anthony Head. The wind was quite strong here. The lighthouse was a little disappointing and not open either, but the Head offers a superb view of Falmouth harbour and St Mawes.

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Further up the coast we had lunch in Veryan in the New Inn pub. The landlord was easily able to upsell us naiive tourists more than we really wanted, but it was very good – tomato soup and smoked salmon.

IMG_1311 IMG_1312Joan had eagerly anticipated a return visit to Portscatho after 55 years. She had holidayed there as an 11 year old, and was delighted to be able to identify the very house in which she had stayed.

where Joan swam 55 years ago
where Joan swam 55 years ago

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Where Joan holidayed 55 years ago
Where Joan holidayed 55 years ago
a German motto?
a German motto?

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unusually textured rock
unusually textured rock

Continuing along the coast we arrived at the northernmost point of the day, at Gorran Haven, a small fishing harbour. We watched seabirds plunging from heights into the water.

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Around the headland was Vault Beach, dramatically situated at the bottom of grassy slopes. The “sand” here was very coarse – 3-4mm diameter.

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I'll be airborne soon!
I’ll be airborne soon!

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micro-Stonehenge
micro-Stonehenge

We took a quick driving tour through Truro to pick up supplies before calling it a day. The high wind, fine scenery, and bright sun (we are red-faced) combined to make this an exhilarating day.

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