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Activities around St Mawes & The Roseland

There are plenty of sports and pastimes available locally, particularly if you are keen to get out on the water.


If you are a keen racer, pay a visit to the St Mawes Sailing Club (01326 270686) above the Post Office & Chandlers on the harbour in St Mawes.  The Club organise racing every Thursday evening and Sunday morning throughout the season and there are also Village Regattas through the summer months.  The highlight of the season is Falmouth Week which is organised by POFSA.  There are always boats looking for crews for racing, so do pop in and ask around.

Junior Sail Training

The St Mawes Sailing Club organises a fantastic programme of sailing for juniors.  For more information contact the club on 01326 270686 or click here for more information.  These courses are fantastic value for money and offer a perfect part of your holiday for the kids.

Sailing Schools

St Mawes Sailing School Operated by Gawain Bysouth (and ideal if you are staying at the Boathouse).  All ages & levels of experience with a RYA qualified instructor. 01326 270 036
Roseland Paddle and Sail – Portscatho. Sailing, Canoeing, Kayaking, Windsurfing. Tuition, sales and hire. Again, RYA Qualified instructors. 01872 580 964 


The Roseland is a superb place for windsurfing with clean winds available from almost any direction.  With south westerlies, you can sail off Tavern Beach or even better for some flat water blasting in northerlies, Castle Beach where you can park in the grass car park.  For wave heads, Pendower Beach works every now and then with easterlies, but beware of the current.


If an Easterly wind is blowing, you may surf from Pendower beach.  Otherwise drive to the North coast, where there are lifeguards at all the main resorts – Perranporth, Newquay, Porthtowan etc.


Falmouth Harbour and the surrounding area is home to some of the best dive sites in the country.  Wrecks, reefs and clear waters mean this is a really popular activity all year round.  Are you PADI qualified or would you like to do a course?  There are dive centres in Fallmouth who offer everything!

Cornish Diving – 01326 311265
Sea Fans Scuba School – 01326 250100


You may fish off rocks using your own tackle, or read the blackboards on the St Mawes quays where there are fishing trips available.  Do be aware that certain areas have been classified as Sea Bass nurseries so please observe the rules.  The best fishing is had around the Manacles Reef or Gull Rock plus there are numerous wrecks in the area.  You can also charter boats for deep sea fishing from Falmouth and they will come and pick you up from St Mawes Harbour. Plenty of fish to aim for from Mackerel to Wild Sea Bass to Conger!

Wave Chieftain – Nigel Hodge 01209 843643 
Spirit of Cornwall – Dominic 01326 312895 or 07980 638469  


Take the kids crabbing off one of the quays around the Roseland! Local shops sell crabbing lines or nets and it is a superb way to keep the little ones amused!  St Mawes and Portscatho are great spots when the tide is in.


Just across the King Harry Ferry is the Killiow Golf Club and there is also the Carlyon Bay Golf Club on the cliffs near St Austell.


The tennis court at the top of the main car park in St Mawes can be booked through the Roseland Visitor Centre on 01326 270440.

Cycle Hire

The Bissoe Bike Hire Centre, has cycle trails over the old train tracks from mid to West Cornwall.  This is at Carnon Downs, just across the King Harry Ferry.  There are also bicycles to hire at Wadebridge, where you may cycle along the River Camel. 

Riding School

The Roseland has an excellent licensed riding school, Veryan Riding Centre near Veryan with an indoor and outdoor school. 01872 501 574. Booking essential. 

Nearest Swimming Pool

Polkyth Leisure Centre at St Austell has a large pool with diving board, but the pools with fun slides and other extras are the Ships and Castles at Falmouth, or the Hendra Pool at Newquay. 

Canoe Hire

For a brilliant way to explore try St Mawes Sit on Kayaks who offer 1 & 2-3 person Ocean Kayaks for hire. From 2 hrs – 2 weeks! Discover St. Mawes & The Roseland from the water in a very peaceful way. Available from the Harbour in St Mawes or on 07971 846786.

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