Off the Grid in Cornwall's Roseland Peninsula
- King Harry Ferry: A beloved Cornwall institution, this vessel pulls itself across the tree-lined Fal River on massive chains – one of only five such ferries in England.
- Cornish coastline: A spectacularly picturesque span of secluded coves and beaches, creeks, woods, sea cliffs, and tranquil rural and fishing villages.
- Village stops: Admire the thatched roundhouses of Veryan, the waterside church of St. Just in Roseland, and the castle and fishing harbor in St. Mawes. Sip coffee at a scenic cafe.
About this Falmouth tour
Known to the locals as "The Roseland," this broad finger of unspoiled land juts out from Cornwall's southern coast – and into perfect natural bliss. On this tour, we'll see much of what makes this area a favorite of all who come here. And of the famous authors who've set their stories to life near here.
We'll take the King Harry Ferry across the River Fal, which divides the peninsula from the mainland. This alternate route not only provides a once-in-a-blue-moon travel experience aboard a chain-drawn ferry boat, but saves 27 miles of driving – which works out to 5 million undriven car miles a year, and spares Roseland many tons of carbon emissions. So take a deep breath of clean air and enjoy this wonderful ride. People have been doing just that for more than 100 years.
We'll see the pretty hamlet of Veryan, best known for its cluster of 19th-century thatched roundhouses at the entrance to town. Impossible not to smile looking at these because legend says they protected the village from evil influences with no corners in which the Devil could lurk. In the town of St. Just in Roseland, we'll stop to check out its famed church, perched on the water's edge and surrounded by luxuriant gardens overflowing with subtropical shrubs and trees.
You'll have some free time to admire the dramatic coastline at St. Mawes, an important port in medieval times and now a seafaring community with a well-protected harbor, and pass St. Mawes Castle, a fine example of Tudor military architecture built by Henry VIII for a coastal attack that never came. Which may be why things are still so mellow here in the Roseland.
Stargazy Pie, the other Cornish treat
Cornwall's most popular regional dish is the pasty, a meat-filled baked pastry sold nearly everywhere here. But its most intriguing dish has to be Stargazy Pie, a bizarre concoction of pilchards (sardines), eggs, and potatoes baked in a pastry crust with the fish heads poking out, as if gazing up at the starry sky. It was created in the village of Mousehole to celebrate the heroic catch of fisherman Tom Bawcock during one stormy winter season, many pilchards ago. If you decide to eat it, please send us a photo for our Instagram. Actually, please don’t.
Arriving by cruise ship? Please meet your guide at the tour dispatch area outside of security marquee. Please look for our tour representative with the displayed logo sign.
There are wonderful photo opportunities on this tour.
This tour is not wheelchair accessible. There is differing and uneven terrain, including some inclines.
Scenic, Cultural, Boat Tour
Tea and Coffee
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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