St Mawes is a
small town opposite Falmouth, on the Roseland Peninsula on the south
coast of Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It lies on the east bank
of the Carrick Roads, a large waterway created after the Ice Age
from an ancient valley which flooded as the melt waters caused the
sea level to rise dramatically, creating an immense natural harbour,
often claimed to be the third largest in the world. The town is in
the civil parish of St Just in Roseland.
St Mawes is the home of St Mawes Sailing Club. There is an excellent
year-round ferry service to Falmouth, which is less than a mile away
by boat, but due to its proximity to the Fal estuary it is some 30
miles away by road. The Place Ferry links the South West Coast Path
and operates from Good Friday to the end of October. It was once a
busy fishing port, but the trade declined during the 20th century.
The town of St Mawes is a popular tourist location, with many
properties in the town being holiday accommodation or "second