August sees regatta season in full swing across The Roseland and whilst you may not want to compete yourself, there are plenty of chances to get on the water without having to be a Master Mariner.
St Mawes Carnival is the first week in August with plenty going on – for the easy option just settle yourself in Chandlers Cafe outside area or watch from the harbour edge there is always something to see!
If you have seen all the press about Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) then Summers Beach in St Mawes is the place to give it a try. You can book a lesson and its a great place to learn as there are hardly any waves. We have tried ourselves and it really is not as hard as it looks and is great fun. If you are worried about falling in there is even a wetsuit hire stand on the beach for the summer.
If kayaking is more you, then you can hire these from St Mawes where you can potter round the harbour and beaches or head across to Place Manor. For a quiet meander you can hire at Percuil and have a lovely drift along the river valley away from the hustle and bustle and here you can expect to see little white egrets, grey herons dunlins, whimbrels and lots of other wading birds.
The second week in August is Falmouth Week with a huge variety of events – take your pick from the extensive brochure and hop on the foot ferry from St Mawes to join in the fun, without having to worry about parking your car. The highlight for us is always the Red Arrows display – this year on the 12th August.
The joy of the estuary is that if you like crowds and atmosphere you can head over to Falmouth, but if you like peace and quiet then just find a spot on the river footpath between St Mawes Castle and St Just in Roseland Church and you can have what feels like your own personal fly past!
Not to be missed is a Fal River Boat trip from St Mawes to Truro – extra trips run in the summer and you can stop off at Trelissick Gardens on the way if you wish. We have to confess we have done this trip several times and it’s always wonderful with so much to see. If it’s low tide you are dropped at Malpas and bussed into Truro or you can just stop at the Heron Inn and have a leisurely lunch… just check to see where the later boats are leaving from. it is a lovely walk from Malpas to Truro if you need to work off the lunch before coming home.
There are lots of spots to hire small motor boats for a day or half day and then you can go where you like on the water at your own pace or for the really extravagant you can hire Pinuccia, the most stunning, sleek and very fast yacht owned by the Tresanton Hotel, hire includes the crew and the most glorious picnic. We are still saving for this one but are determined to do it one day!
Of course if your enjoyment of the water ends at a quick paddle there are plenty of beaches for you to sit back and relax on, just check our earlier blogs for the best beaches in Cornwall.